Excerpted from a NY Times interview with Sam Harris, an American author, philosopher and neuroscientist.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that the feeling of being a self is just another appearance in consciousness? Can you share a personal story of a time you were of consciousness that did not feel like a self? What helps you repeatedly turn consciousness upon itself?
Consciousness is self-transcendental. It is nether subject nor object. It is beyond subject and object.We cannot know it by our mind. And when we try to know it by our mind, it becomes a thought...
I relate: Adopt thoughtlessness & practice mindfulness. Impermanence is the only permeance. Thoughts are bodily-connected with self while consciousness is just soul without any self.Kabir said the path to God(soul) is so narrow that only one can exist either I or HE.Meditation on such mindset and "AMAR ATMA HAI MARANSHEEL KAYA, SABHI PRANIYO KE HAI BHITAR JO SAMAYA" helps indeed.
My ego is just another transitory appearance in consciousness. My true self, my essence, is eternal consciousness expressed as me. I've had some moments in meditation when I felt amorphous, part of all that is, bigger than my usual sense of self -- that was my real self and I relish that state of awareness. For me, turning consciousness upon itself means being conscious of my consciousness which happens for moments at a time as thoughts do constantly intrude. What helps me turn consciousness upon itself is practice -- practice putting aside or letting go of my thoughts and being conscious without content.