Developing the Silent Observer

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The Silent Observer Tecnique is specifically designed to help the practitioner to get in touch with his True Self. This practice helps in detaching oneself from his associative mind.
It opens the doors of awareness and makes the practitioner see life as it is, and not as his associative thoughts portray it.
It brings closer to the True Self- awareness and makes realize that one’s individual life is not all there is to Life. It makes see that the individual is part of a bigger scheme of events called Life. Also, it creates a subtle veil of sorts between the right and the left brain hemisphere.

Once we meditate and succeed in shutting down the endless noise going on inside our mind, we enter into The Realm of Silence. In that Silence we experience the transformation from being an individual to being a part of the Whole.

Here’s an excerpt from J. Krishnamurti’s book Silence and Meditation, where the concept of silence and his implications with the practice of meditation are well defined:

The mind that has put its house in order, has understood the nature of knowledge. Such a mind is completely silent. And that silence has no cause.

You see, “silence” can be illusory; it can be put together by a thought that is determined to be silent. You have the silence between the two whistles of a train, the silence between two notes, between two noises, between two sounds, between two thoughts – but that kind of silence is still within the realm of cognition.

But when the mind is completely silent, it is not even aware that it is silent. If it were, it would merely be playing tricks. The mind that has put its house in order is silent.

That silence has no cause and, therefore, has no end. Only that which has a cause can end. That silence – which has no ending – is absolutely necessary, because it is only in that silence that there is no movement of thought.

It is only in that silence that that which is sacred, that which is nameless, and that which is not measurable by thought, is. And that which is, is the most sacred. That is meditation.


A Technique to develop the silent observer

Calm yourself down and find your center. Take a few deep breaths and focus your mental attention on your body.

Starting from your feet start relaxing your muscles consciously. Imagine that all the tension in your muscles is leaving and in its place is entering a relaxed luminous pleasant energy.

From your feet move to your legs, thighs, abdomen, chest, arms, back (spinal area), shoulders, neck, face and then your head. Pay special attention to your neck and shoulder area as that is where most of tension resides physically.

Once you are totally relaxed physically mentally detach yourself from your body and in your minds eye see yourself sitting in this meditation pose from a corner of the room away from your physical body.

Get out of yourself and start observing yourself. See how you are sitting, how you are breathing, how you are meditating.

Once you are able to detach yourself from your physical body mentally go over the events of the day one by one. Starting from the moment you woke up till the time you started this meditation.

Mentally see yourself as if in a movie, doing all that you did during that day. Watch yourself from a third person perspective, saying the things you said, meeting the people you met, interacting with them, talking to them, commuting from your home to your office.

Go into the details of your movements and actions and words. But do not judge yourself. If you did or said something wrong so be it and if you did something good let it just be. No judgments.

Remember you are just observing yourself. You are not you anymore. You are just your consciousness watching yourself from a distance.

This creates a certain emotional detachment between you and your actions and amazing insights come to you as you are doing this mediation.

Doing this silent observer meditation technique consistently will enable to mentally detach yourself from any stressful event, even when you are engrossed in that event.

You will be “doing”, but you will also be watching yourself perform those routines that you are performing and still their emotional influence will not be able to reach your emotional core. That is simply not possible when you are not detached.

The True Self speaks to you when you are silent and listening. It longs to reach out to you and guide you but it is always you who do not let it help you.

Let your Higher Self reach out to you. Be still and listen….

About mr Sarmoung

Andrea Dandolo je pisac i istražitelj razvoja svijesti i duhovnosti uključen u razotkrivanje drevnih učenja s ciljem olakšavanja unutarnjeg razvoja ljudskih bića. Jedan od načina kojima se time bavi je i kroz blog koji je preveden na engleski, španjolski i od nedavno hrvatski. Od rane mladosti je u svijetu duhovnosti i rada na sebi sudjelujući u radu grupa koje potječu direktno od Gurdjieffa, tj koje su bile vođene od strane samog Gurdjieffa U skladu sa drevnim znanjima, naglašava razvoj svjesnosti kao primarno sredstvo za psihološku transformaciju i duhovnu osvještenost individualaca. Karakteristike sistema koji predlaže su jednostavan jezik i moderni prijevod drevnih učenja kao i njihove praktične primjene u svakodnevnome životu. Njegov blog čitaju ljudi iz svih krajeva svijeta. Samorazvoj je ne religiozni i ne dogmatski put; sastoji se primarno od naprednog dostizanja viših stanja svijesti, p prisustva i konačno od ostvarivanja svoje prave intimne prirode, koja je poznata u mnogim tradicijama pod imenima poput esencija, duša, biće. Kroz takav razvoj individualna osoba ulazi u nove dimenzije svijesti koje mu omogućuju da vidi stvarnost sakrivenu iza iluzija. To mu omogućuje kreiranje osobnosti neovisne i otporne na vanjske situacije i vanjska uvjetovanja. Posljedice takvog razvoja su oštra inteligencija, izvanredni kreativni kapaciteti, ravnoteža i smirenost u svakoj situaciji i stabilno stanje višeg stanja svijesti koje je poznato u drevnim tradicijama pod nazivom “buđenje”.
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3 Responses to Developing the Silent Observer

  1. ikrethos says:


  2. Deborah BLoomer says:

    Perhaps this might be of interest- thought to share this with you~
    Abandoning Negative Emotions~

    Excerpt from a Lunch with John de Ruiter, Canadian PhiLosopher –
    December 11, 2010

    J.LA.: I’m aware of a different kind of stream… and right now, because my emotional body is happening quite strongly, and because I know this other layer is more real than my emotional level, my emotional layer, it’s more just to love that something else? I wonder how to access that, in times like this. Is that just discernment?

    John: Discernment. Not even discerning, but where there’s positive emotion or negative emotion, particularly when there’s something of a negative emotion, even though it seems right in your mind within the circumstance, and understandable to have that kind of negative emotion; it’s to what is deeper in you, that negative emotion isn’t appropriate. So especially within a case like that, then going deeper than what that emotion is.

    J.LA.: And I kind of get that “negative emotion” is actually incomprehensible to what this other is. So is it just like allowing myself to grow into that?

    John: Not allowing your self to grow into that but specifically…

    J.LA.: Working to it. Working towards it.

    John: Yes. If you don’t go there it’s not necessarily going to be coming to you. If you’re not going there specifically, it isn’t going to come to you. If you’re not specifically leaving negative or contracting emotion alone, you’re not going to grow out of it, it’s not going to just go away.

    T.G.: Is that like purifying?

    John: Yes.

    E.G.: And then there’s subtleties?

    John: If you’re purifying your self of the identification with negative emotion then you’ll be coming into subtleties. Subtleties of deeper levels than what that emotional level is. So then you’ll be identifying with a subtlety instead of identifying with what that emotion is in you.

    J.LE.: And that’s a real doing? You talk about doing. That’s a kind of real doing inside. Sorting that out. And does that allow the space for a real being?

    John: If you feel strongly with a contracting kind of emotion, that you’re right in something and you move as that contraction, the rightness of what you’re perceiving justifies the contraction, but then you’re wrong in what you’re right about. The way you’re moving has nothing to do with a rightness.

    J.LE.: When that habitual response comes up it’s just so clear that it’s not real.

    John: At first it seems such a natural thing that when you feel indignation about something, that indignation to your level of self at that time is completely understandable; but to have that indignation is going to lock you out of deeper levels within. So when you really see it for what it is, the moment you have a sense or even a touch of indignation about something, you’ll completely abandon it and you’ll begin to actually see it as more of a fire alarm. The moment that touches, then it doesn’t matter how right you are about something, you’re on dangerous ground.

    J.LE.: In relationship when that comes up it’s like, game over. There’s no point in even engaging in whatever an issue is.

    P.P.: If distorted feelings in their origin came from meaning, what about a contraction? Is there a core meaningful truth to contraction? What was that in its pure meaning state?

    John: That there’s something to address.

    P.P.: But the need to address, if you don’t have that impulse then you would be just not caring. So then there is a goodness at its core.

    John: Yes. And you can’t make that about your self. As soon as you don’t make that about your self, and it’s not a personal thing, but it’s felt to be very personal, then you begin to discern different levels of value. And then you separate out your experienced value of taking hold of something because it matters to you, separating that out from being able to see an issue for what it is, without having the personal need to jump in and do something with it. That enables you to then, possibly, do something with it.

    P.P.: In the sense of you see a child being beaten or something…

    John: That’s an obvious, though.

    P.P.: Yes, but I mean that would make you contract on many levels, but you just would react, so then the knowing to move, I don’t know how much of that would be personal…

    John: Your skill to deal with the situation where someone is beating a child is going to be completely dependent on what level of self you already have in place. So you’ll have ten different people that will immediately jump in and deal with the situation but you’ll also have ten different skill levels. Some of them are going to make the situation much worse, some of them sort of neutral, others a little better and some might be sort of…you’ll see a wonderful display of how a really volatile situation was taken care of.

    Where it really counts is how you feel in the little things. Whether you’re reacting to something or shutting down, concerning someone or something, moving into a corner within or being indifferent, or carrying something, all those things need to be moved out of your self.

    P.P.: In the daily occurrences of those little things, each one would be different? Each scenario calls for a different… some you’ll need to address, some you can leave alone, some you let go… Is there one formula for all of those? Just stay open?

    John: In your relationship, abandon all of them. You’ll be forfeiting some value, but the value you’ll be forfeiting for the time being will be small and what you’ll be gaining will be great. And you’re not, at this point, able to do both at the same time. Because as soon as you touch the value that first appeals to your emotional sense, as soon as you touch that you’ll be pulled right into it. You won’t be doing two things at the same time.

    P.P.: Abandon, until you have ability to deal with it, later?

    John: Abandon it until you have a different self. So within a relationship, if you have a contraction about something, you’re better off to forfeit the issue that you have a sense of rightness about, than to work with that sense of rightness but from within an emotional self. Where there’s a personal contraction, there’s a personal need for a certain kind of outcome. Basically you’re needing to have your way.

    J.LE.: So you’re giving way. And in that interaction, whatever may come up, then you just go still in that? Would you actually stay with the person without putting out that reaction, or would you even speak about the fact that that’s happening?

    John: Don’t even speak it. Because as soon as you speak about it, the tendency would be to gain some emotional satisfaction in being able to at least say it. Just abandon the whole thing. Just have nothing to do with it. You would speak. It’s not about not speaking. You would just have nothing to do with that contractive emotion.

    J.LE.: So just move into something else?

    John: Something dear. And in doing so, you’ll also, in your experience, be going against your self. If you go the way that you experience in your self, your contraction holds the rightness. All of those little rightness-es, they all mean so little. And if you don’t have the kind of self that can carry all of those little rightness-es without it being a personal thing and being carried by a contraction, then in going the way of those rightness-es you’ll be going a really wrong way in your self. Because you have to be something that is not worth being in taking care of a value that is far less than the negative that you are turning into.

    J.LE.: This level of even not engaging at all…

    John: Give it neither voice nor motion, And it’s not just not voice or motion without, don’t give it any voice or motion in your heart.

    J.LA.: So what is that actually growing? Is that growing up a humanness or something other than that?

    John: A delicate humanness and purifying out a coarse humanness.

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