When we become still. When we sit down and become very present our awareness starts to move underneath the known self, underneath the ego. Not that you are trying to get rid of it or do anything with it.
You are just noticing that the known self, the self that you think about is just a collection of thoughts and memories and ideas.
And there is a field of quiet. A field of awareness. From where the known self arises in and disappears in.
And you can actually feel in your experience right now the more spacious sense of awareness.
The awareness that is watching this moment is also the awareness that notices the self that you imagined yourself to be.
So we are just relaxing, out of the know, out of the known self, out of its narrative, out of the inner dialog.
And we are just noticing that there is a field of awareness that underlies our experience, that there is a sense of openness to it.
You can feel that openness of the field of awareness. You can feel that in your body and all around you as very quiet presence.
And you just take a moment to allow yourself to feel that quiet presence.
That field of open awareness. And that sense of openness, that sense of simple presence of awareness is what I call the unknown self.
Unknown because there is no narrative to it, there is no story, there is no self that you supposed to be, that this field of awareness has no image, has no idea of itself.
It is simply the light of awareness.
It may sound strange to call it unknown self, it may sound strange to call it self at all, but I am describing it as unknown self because this field of awareness is actually more intimately you, more deeply the reality of you than the known self is, than the ego self, than the narrative in the mind. (…)
It is more intimately you than anything you can think about yourself. Any self-image your mind projects into consciousness.
– Adyashanti –