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Self Inquiry Meditation – The Thinker Does Not Exist


Oftentimes we feel very controlled by
our thoughts and we take on the identity that the thought is trying
to impose on us. For example, if you’re having a fearful thought, you are unconsciously in the identity of
being scared like the fearful one or if it’s an anxious thought, you are in the
identity of being an anxious person. If you are thinking about, you know,
how am I going to make it this month? How am I going to pay the bills? You are unconsciously in the
identity of one that is lacking, one that is financially not abundant, so on and so forth. So
oftentimes we feel so, um, suppressed by these
thoughts and being in control. These thoughts being in
control of us, right? And the reason for that is not
knowing what you truly are, not knowing what your true position is. And that’s what I want to kind of
share with you in this video. How to be free of whatever your thoughts
may be imposing on you and ultimately actually also just being free of thoughts
entirely and engaging with the mind only if you choose. Rather than that just being your
experience. Just constant thoughts. Because if that’s the case,
you’re identified with your mind. You are not in control of your mind.
Your mind is in control of you. And if your mind is in control of you, then what do you think is controlling
your life? You or your mind? And it’s primarily the reason why you
may continue to find yourself again and again in a situation or circumstance
where you look at life and you’re like, why isn’t life the way
that I want it to be? It’s because you are not
in control. Your mind is. So let’s discuss about how to
actually get in control of mind and how to not allow it to
impose certain realities on you, okay? You are not the mind. You are not the body. Everybody on the spiritual journey says
this all the time. What mind really is, right? You can say is just your thoughts. There’s no separate entity in your head
called mind that is thinking thoughts. Mind is thoughts. You can say
emotions are also just mind. Okay? So if you’re not your mind, you’re none of these thoughts.
And you say this all the time, and if you’re not your body
and you say this all the time, then what exactly are you right? That is the basis of self
inquiry to investigate who am I? Who is this me? That is
always in my experience, which experiences thought
or the lack of thought, which experiences all these
different versions of this body. Who is this me? That seems to
be constant in this experience. This me, if we’re really to
conceptualize what it is, and I don’t want you to just stop at
this answer, right? I’m going to say it, but I don’t want you to just stop at
this answer and be like, okay, yes, I am awareness. I actually
want like after this video, I want you to go practice exactly
what I will teach you in this video. And I want you to experience
this for yourself. Because until you actually
have that as your experience, this teaching has no meaning and
it will not benefit you in what, any way whatsoever. In fact, it itself will just become another concept
which will actually cloud the truth from you. Okay? So if you’re not the
thoughts, if you’re not the body, if you’re not any of these
sensations or perceptions, you are the awareness of
them, right? So what is this? What is this? You, you are the observer. But what is this observer? In a very general way, if we
were to put it in a model, you are the awareness of what is happening
no matter what it is in this current experience, maybe
thoughts, maybe activity, whatever you’re aware of. What are the contents of this moment
are you are the awareness of that rather than any of the contents,
okay? Including your thoughts. Okay? So it is not even the body
that is thinking thoughts. And this is where I want you
to have this key aha moment. It’s not even the body that has thoughts. All it really is is
you, which is awareness and mind, which is all of these
thoughts coming and going. And obviously the further
extension of that is the world, which is everything that is
perceived to be so solid and real, which is just an externalization
of that same very mind. These are the three layers. So this
person is not thinking thoughts. This body is not thinking thoughts, thoughts are happening and you are aware
of them. You are not being the body. You as awareness, stay with me here. Remind the way that video if you have to, you are awareness and
thoughts are coming and going. Thoughts are being experienced
to be there or not be there. And here’s the, the place where you go wrong and what we’re conditioned to actually
believe and live out as real as our experience because this awareness, this consciousness identifies falsely
identifies with the body and the thoughts. It has this experience that I am this
body and mind and that is the way we live, right? When we say I am
doing this, I want that. I’m, I don’t want this what you’re referring
to in your experience as just this person does mind and body, but what is actually going
on. It’s just you awareness, thoughts coming and going and further
extension, which is the world, the place where, um, the incorrect identification happens
is consciousness identifying with I am these thoughts and this body and what
happens when this identification is formed as you begin to engage in
thoughts with interest, with interest, okay? That’s a keyword right there
with interest awareness. What you actually are is simply
just awareness of whatever it is, but when you falsely
identify with the thoughts, when you fall into identification
with the thoughts, there’s interest, there is a version, there’s
resistance, there’s all that. So definitely going deep
in this video, okay? Now every thought that you
engage with you as an awareness, again, not the body. Now the mind, not this person you believe yourself to
be because that itself is just another thought construct. When you engage with mind, with thoughts, there seems to be a thinker. There seems to be a thinker
that is thinking those thoughts and that is what I said in the beginning
of the video where now if you’re, if the thought is fearful, now there is a fearful thinker that is
thinking those thoughts or there is an anxious thinker that is thinking the
anxious thought or there is an abundant thinker that is thinking the
abundant thought or the um, lack full poverty minded thinker that
is thinking the lack full thought, the nature of the thought, right? Every thought that that is being engaged
with comes with a thinker attached but the thinker does not actually exist. There is no thinker. It is just you as awareness, you awareness and thoughts. There is no middle ground
which is called thinker. The the sense of a thinker itself is just
thought mind and this is the trickiest part of self-inquiry.
Does the trickiest part of um, just this whole spiritual journey because
the spiritual journeys essentially you learning that I am not this mind and body. I am that awareness which is aware of
this mind and body and everything else. That is basically the spiritual
journey that I basically the purpose of self-inquiry and the biggest challenge, the biggest trick that the mind plays is
it imposes on you a thinker and if you don’t actually fully investigate
this sense of a thinker, this thinker goes unnoticed and that’s
why she Rama knows teachings Moogy right? Like a Rupert Spire, all of the like the [inaudible] like these
people are talking about self-inquiry because it is the most direct method
to questioning, to investigating, to whom are these thoughts
actually happening? Who is the perceiver of
all that is going on? Because once you start
to investigate this, you start to come up on this discovery
that the sense of a thinker is itself. Just another thought. Matter of fact, there is no meat thinker
that is thinking thoughts, that is controlling what to
think, what not to think. That is making decisions that is
creating or not creating life. There is no separate me that
is doing all of this stuff. That itself is another thought. And that itself is what we call ego. And that is why you know you come across
certain teachings that say ego doesn’t actually exist because it truly doesn’t. Ego appears to exist when you awareness, falsely
identify with thought [inaudible] and that is the primary
delusion right there. That is the divine hypnosis.
As I read in one book, that is a beautiful expression,
divine hypnosis awareness. This infinite awareness you me, right? Identifying as those thoughts as this body for
getting itself the divine of gnosis. So now how to actually recognize this, right? And and what does this actually do
once you beginning to recognize this, okay, it frees you up from feeling
like the victim of your thoughts. It you up from automatically
and unconsciously taking
the identity of whatever thought you may be engaging with the thought comes with
the thinker attached. Every single time you
engage with a thought, you automatically fall into a perspective
of a thinker that is thinking that thought. But all of that
is itself just a thought. So now what is required is for you to
instead of engaging with the thought again and again and again and again and
again, inquire and investigate. Who is this thought
actually occurring too, right? You’re going to say me. Obviously I am the one who
is aware of this thought, so then who is this me? Right? Find the thinker [inaudible] find the one that is thinking. Inquire. You’re not looking
for a conceptual answer. You’re not looking for a
word to describe what me is. No, it’s not so much
about the, it’s not some, this practice is not about getting
an answer. That’s the funny part. When you ask this question,
don’t expect to get an answer. Don’t desire an answer. It’s not
so much about getting the answer. It’s about what actually is
happening to you as you inquire, so just the practice of you inquiring
is the answer because through it, by doing it and by practicing
and consistently your
sense of self shifts from this thinker that doesn’t actually
exist to what you actually are. Awareness, consciousness, whatever
you want to call it, truth. By doing the practice, it automatically shifts little by little. It’s like this little
lever. It’s not a switch. It’s just this little lever that goes
from the decide to decide from delusion to truth. And this frees you up from falling
into identification with thought, with the thinker from the divine hypnosis that it’s, that is right there. Self-inquiry,
the purpose of self-inquiry. It is the only true freedom, right? As long as you believe that you
are this thinker, this Dewar, this ego, no matter how much you empower yourself, you are still caught up in the web of
identification and you will one day cease to be. And so even if it’s so funny, like even if you win at the
game of life, you still lose, which is why the greatest opportunity
in this lifetime for any buddy is to recognize the truth of who they
really are, what they really are, that they are not what can be gone. But instead that through which everything
is perceived that which always is and will be. So realize through this
practice and again, watch my other self-inquiry videos. Um, I link the playlist in
the description box below. The playlist is called self-inquiry
and practice it because through daily practice and consistent practice, it will teach you how to make this
little shift or significant shift. And it’s the most rewarding process.
It’s the most freeing process. And if you haven’t yet tried
it out, I greatly encourage it. Okay. And if you truly want to make
this shift to higher consciousness, you can also feel free to watch my
higher consciousness masterclass. I’ll link that down below as
well. It’s completely free. And in this I talk about self recognition
and self abidance making this shift to higher consciousness and through
that right? Creating a life of peace, joy, and freedom. So make
sure to watch that as well. But let me know if you want more
videos regarding self-inquiry. Uh, I know this is a very deeper topic, so a lot of the audience on this
channel may not resonate with it. So I like to see who’s actually really
engaging with these sorts of videos and is finding them valuable. So if you
want me to make more videos like this, please let me know in the
comment section below. It will greatly help me out with
that. Okay. But other than that, I wish you the best of luck. Let me know
if you have questions regarding this. Um, I will do my best to get back to
you. Uh, so subscribe to the channel. Give me a thumbs up and I’ll
see you in the next video. [inaudible].

Jerry Heath

59 Comments

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  2. Sunny Beautiful explanation. I am not my thoughts i am the awareness behind the thoughts. Would love for you to checkout my latest video on "A course of Miracle" as it's aligned and will further the discussion. Have a story of king Janak in the video you might enjoy 🙂 .. Here's an example: Sugar added to milk makes the milk sweeter, sugar added to water make the water sweet but what happens when sugar is added to sugar, the question is not needed. Same when awareness is added to the objects it makes the objects aware but awareness added to the awareness (knower) the questions cease to exist. Namaste !

  3. As this video was guiding my meditation, I was aware of the states I was in and shifting between. Best video ever!

  4. We are…an aspect of God (Source, Divine Intelligence) incarnate; an apparent human in the dream of life. We are a spark of the Divine; differing only in degree from Our Maker. How can we be different from whom (What) we descend? God, our Maker, is as close as the pulse in our neck.

    "Divine hypnosis," excellent description; God, deliberately forgetting Itself to take an apparent journey as a human. It literally must forget Itself (for how else could the One seemingly become anything other than Itself?) Thanks again for your wonderful presentations! I wonder if you know that you are destined to become a very great teacher of non-duality.

  5. So where do the thoughts come from, the collective conscience… So we are the receiver of thoughts and not the thinker of them. Are we like antennas pulling this stuff from the Either… Then we pick and choose what thoughts to engage in and which to not… As deliberate creators, we have the power to create through thought.. Its a bit confusing.. Yes pure awareness is what your describing.

  6. We love, love, LOVE, your self inquiry videos!! To us it is the foundation for all of Life and Love!
    😎🤗✌️
    ACEnDEB

  7. Thank you Sunny most wanted video right this moment. Wonderful teaching ( or guidance )
    as always… Yes I am practicing. Lots of love 💙

  8. Yes yes please. I am teetering on the edge of knowing /experiencing who I am. I will listen to this video for next 21 days, allowing myself some space and time. I've been on my spiritual journey home for 2 years so another 2 years or however long it takes to know/ experience my truth s soooo worth the wait.
    I'm feeling emotional but calm and loving that. This particular video was perfect divine timing for me, even though I listen to your videos regularly I was ready for this particular one.
    I'm rising , in fact just recently I was staring at the clouds and saw a form of a Phoenix rising from the ashes and knew this to be s sign I'm on the right path. I'm truly grateful for an opportunity in life as a human being to seek my truth, my treasure within. 💜 thank you Sunny 🙏

  9. Lol I thought it was unnecessary to comment something about how much I like and appreciate these videos in which you do go really deep on a feeling/experience level as well as on an intellectual level. But now that you asked, please continue dropping these videos about self inquiry whenever you feel like it, Sunny!

  10. Great video, Sunny, thank you to insist on self enquiry, this is really the best method i ever known, i am making a great progress since listen to you!!! Thank you !🤗👍

  11. Your videos are very interesting.
    I have a question, please: if there's no Thinker who is it in charge of the memory?
    Thanks.

  12. We must use the mind as a tool then put it back down just as we do when we pick up a cup to drink something then place it back down on the table. Our arms and hands don’t flail helplessly once we are done using them, they just stay put until we decide to take another sip of our drink. The mind should be used the same way.

  13. Wow I was taken back when you brought up the divine hypnosis. Good stuff sunny ty

  14. Ok so this is just another technique to trick the mind into awareness.. it works very well for those with analytical minds with out being too woo woo. It’s good also cuz ppl who simply regurgitate “yeah I get it I am consciousness/awareness but how do I get my SP/money/this person to do what I want.. to ;for a moment; rethink how much they REALLY know and are actually practicing what they learn.. it forces you to focus on yourself which is what ur suppose to do anyway..

  15. Thanks Sunny for the wonderful insight and explanation. It is not easy to put the experience in words.
    I believe it will be very helpful to do a self enquiry guided meditation to reveal the "awareness" or "our consciousness" or our formless "I am" awareness.

    To realise that we are the consciousness with the choice to be aware of that we have the choice to choose to engage with the thoughts that arise from the mind.

    Thoughts that flow through our minds and awareness, could be from our memory, our body chemistry, the collective "pendulum", from the divine….etc, which seems to be the same.
    E.g. Fear is from the mind. Love can be from the body or divine. Unconditional love is divine.

    What are the differences with the thoughts?

    Who is aware? Etc.

    Thank you.

  16. Dear Sunny, as we truly are God what was the purpose in coming here in such a limiting condition?

  17. Yes to more self inquiry videos. This really puts in allowing mode so we can even manifest faster.

  18. I’ve been practicing this. It helps me become more aware and easier to quiet my mind. When I hear sounds or thoughts, I ask where and who is aware of these…then silence. Its relaxing. I feel detached. Pls do more videos like this.

  19. V beautiful video. It's meaningful and profound, the true meaning of the spiritual journey. I always do self inquiry. Though I believe and know what's said to be true though re the answer to who am I, I've never felt the answer experientially yet sadly . My biggest intention is to experience it and know true freedom and peace. My anxiety improved through meditation twice daily, and self inquiry but it hasn't fully gone yet. It's a journey to self realization. You're truly blessed to have experienced the answer and felt it. My greatest joy would be to be fully free of all anxiety and help others on this journey. I am a lot more empowered than when I started the spiritual journey but I'd love nothing more than the complete freedom and peace u speak of. Blessings and peace

  20. Please keep on making videos about self inquiry and its transformative impact on our lives!

  21. Fantastic video. I would love for you to make more videos expanding on this topic.
    Perhaps some techniques🙏

  22. I AM loving your video’s about self enquiry so much! Please add more; you’re a master in explaining!

  23. I've been blocked by my own ego.
    You are a gift amazingly. I use this idea for my body pain. I didn't caught myself I AM not the thinker.
    I always use to think I AM a thinker so I always fearful. Thank you so much. You are more than a doctor. Heheh. Abundant thoights. More blessing.

  24. I am! Yes sure please continue with self inquiry videos that's the most valuable knowledge for me at this moment.
    You talk about to slowly switch and it's interesting because I have "learned" that illumination is like when you are in the dark then switch on the light and the darkness just isn't there anymore. Anyway the darkness is still there, you just can't see because of the light.
    Thank you Sunny

  25. Crazy good! Wow! I am going to bave to rewatch, take some notes, and then reflect deeply on this without falsely identifying with my propensity to reason this all out. Beautiful message! 💖

  26. Great stuff. Thanks, Sunny. Even though we are on the "path", but from time to time, we still get "trapped" and "haunted". I now keep myself being reminded, encouraged and waken up again and again by watching Sunny's videos regularly, making me feel there is someone with me , holding hand in hand on the way,, so that I will not get off track.

  27. I met almost hundreds of mentors here on youtube. When I met you. This January I don't need a lot I just watched on your video's all day long complete hahahh. Thank you God BLESS.

  28. Hi Sunny! Please make more self-inquire videos. They are very helpful. I wouldn't mind if they were longer either😄

  29. Thank you!!! Yes, the video is VALUABLE! Tears rolled down at the end on the 2nd watch. Are you implying that the freedom, oneness felt from the meditations, nature are also being identified as “thoughts”/”emotions”? Does “feeling is the secret: mean that we direct/master the “feelings” to be a certain way by putting ourselves back in the driver’s seat? Because those thoughts and emotions we are not to identify with actually help build our so called "reality"? So I've lived my life as a caged bird, but not realized that I was caged? The “thinker” defines what “Freedom” is but it is actually just an illusion of being free?

  30. Wow! Best explanation I ever got so far! And I really got many!!! 😄
    THANK YOU SO MUCH AND PLEASE KEEP ON WITH YOUR AMAZING WORK!!! 🙏💕

  31. 100% YES!! Please make more of these vidz…invaluable teachings Sunny..cannot even put into words the feelings of gratitude and elation I felt after listening & watching.. Your so clear in your explanations & honest about expectations…THANK YOU!!!👏👏👏😁

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