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….