There is no such thing as “the Witness”. There is only awareness. There is seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. There is no seer, no hearer, no feeler, no taster, and no smeller. At best, you might say there is witnessing, but there is no witness.
Saying you are the witness is a subtle way for the ego to sneak in through the back door. The ego says, “I am the witness of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.” This is true…for the ego. What you really are is “awareness-ing”…in which there is thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc. There is no noun. To use a noun – as in ‘I am a witness’ – is a way to have an object to identify with. In reality, you are the witnessing itself without a who/witness. Continue reading Should I just stay as the Witness? The Self is the Witness…right?
Don’t “try” not to identify…it is not a matter of trying not to identify. In asking this, you are admitting you are already identified…and so you must accept this – not resist it. Instead you need to clearly see you are not what you are identifying with…then you automatically cease identifying with it. Only through delving into the identification, seeing it thoroughly, and understanding it can you realize the error in identifying with it and ever believing it was who you are.
The focus is not on “trying not to identify” but to clearly see and understand. Ignorance only continues when uninvestigated. So I am saying investigate the identification thoroughly. Do this and you will find you no longer identify with whatever it is and you know exactly why it was in error to believe you were it. I don’t want to create a practice of “trying not to identify”, so I am attempting to be very clear that you need to cease trying to do anything about it and just look at it deeply. With understanding, things change on their own. We see through the illusion and we cease to be fooled by it any longer. Continue reading Should I try not to identify myself with any of the roles that I play?