Lose your "self"
and you will find
Have you ever investigated into your deepest nature by sitting with the question, "Who am I?"
If you've spent any time in genuine self-inquiry, you know that once all the superficial, surface answers like your name, your race, ethnicity, gender, job, personality traits and the like come up and you've dismissed them, you can't answer the question of who you really are.
Who you're not, on the other hand, you can talk about all day.
If you're getting concrete answers when you ask the question "Who am I?" then what you're actually answering is who you're not.
Only when you're left speechless, with a faintly familiar sense of something you couldn't even begin to articulate -- are you starting to touch on who you are. It's so subtle, so immaterial, so empty -- that if you haven't spent much time in that space, you might just overlook it when you first set out in "search" of it.
But the more you give yourself time to connect in with that depth of being underlying the persona you've always taken to be you, the more you start to recognize this wordless, nameless presence as your inherent nature.
Learn to recognize the false "self"
from the True Self.
False self comes
Self is what remains -
the substance from which
all comes and to which
This Self is eternal.
Poems: from Notes to Self: Meditations on Being
Just a gal experimenting with what it means to live outside of mind.
Read more about Notes to Self, the "manual" on living beyond mind.