Understanding Self

A key aim of Inner Space Meditation is to access and experience our original self and qualities using the power of concentrated thought.

From the moment you are born, your attention is directed outwards. Firstly towards your own body, as you learn how to see and touch, how to move your arms and legs. Your attention is drawn outside yourself as you learn about your family relationships. You begin to walk and talk, and your attention is drawn to the world around you as you learn how it all works and how you fit in.

Meditation reverses the direction of your focus from outwards to inwards. You turn your focus away from the world around you, back to yourself. Sometimes meditation is described as taking an inner journey. As you journey within, you discover more about yourself. You find answers to the age-old question, "Who am I?"

You begin to understand that you are more than your physical and social identity. Although these physical and social aspects are part of your life, they are not the keys to understanding who you are. In fact, thinking of yourself as only a physical body makes you value yourself according to all the external aspects, such as physical appearance, age, gender, role, position and social grouping. All these physical aspects are constantly changing, and can leave you feeling unsettled and unhappy, if that’s all you think you are.

During meditation, you start to understand that your value lies in who you are on the inside - a unique human being. Meditation is the method to link deeply to this inner identity, where your true qualities exist in abundance - peace, love, respect, happiness, freedom and contentment.

The physical and non-physical you

In meditation, you will sense the difference between the physical you and the non-physical you. In Inner Space Meditation, we use the word ‘inner self’ when talking of the non-physical being that you are. Whether you are male or female, young or old, black or white, healthy or sick, rich or poor etc., those descriptions are about your physical being. But that’s not all of who you are.

To understand the physical and the non-physical, think of a piano and a pianist. A pianist needs a piano to play music. However, no matter how well-made the piano is, you would never say the piano played well. The pianist played the music. The player and the played are separate, but to make music, they are both needed. In the same way, that the piano is an instrument for the pianist, your body is an instrument for you, the soul. When you start meditating, you gently concentrate on the soul and experience your true qualities. This empowers your daily life.

When you start to experience your original best nature and focus your attention on that higher self, your negative habits weaken automatically. When you connect to your original positive qualities during daily meditation, your confidence rises and you begin to feel that you are in control of yourself and your life. You feel you have greater strength to do what you choose and be who you really want to be. In this way, self respect is restored and you feel that you have gained mastery of your life.

If you would like to read more on Meditation go to ‘What is Meditation - In Depth’

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