The value of attuning to your own Inner Presence.
By Jerome Dechant
May 31, 2011
There are so many “life coaches” promoting their products services and practices these days that one might think these people have all the answers; if only we will do what they tell us to do, we will find what we are looking for in our own life experiencing. Now, having written that, I want to clarify that it is okay to find someone to point you in the right direction, and give you guidance to get you started. Eventually though, in order to advance and proceed, no one “out there” is really equipped and or able to provide you with absolutely everything you need to proceed successfully upon your journey in life towards whatever desire or goal you inherently hold within yourself.
Why is that you might ask? The answer is because no one knows you better than you know yourself. Since you reside within your own consciousness, body and spirit, you are the only one who is perfectly suited to know what you need or want.
While it is right and good to seek guidance from trusted sources outside of you, it is more important to find the guidance which is perfectly suited to you and your immediate circumstance, situation and attitude. You’ve probably heard the saying, “know thyself.” It would seem many people are trying to know themselves by seeking revelations from outside themselves, for why else would one look to a “life coach” or some such person, to find what can only be found by going within, being present in this moment, and having a first person experience in “knowing thy self.”
The title of this writing is, “The value of attuning to your own Inner Presence.” Which might also be stated in those few words I quoted above, “know thy self.”
Assuming we don’t really know ourselves, how do we go about awakening to this awareness about ourselves?
The first suggestion I can give is to be vigilant and present in each moment we are alive. In this way, we become more cognizant of our thoughts, words and deeds. We feel our own emotions as they surge into our field of awareness in experiencing. The best way I’ve found to learn most about myself, (and others for that matter,) is to adopt the witness perspective. We’ve all experienced the witness perspective, especially if we’ve watched a movie or play or some such thing. The thing about watching a movie, for instance, is that we are witnessing the story as something outside of ourselves. Being the witness to our own life expression might find us witnessing ourselves as we experience sitting in the movie theatre watching the movie. From this witness perspective, we are aware of the feelings that well up within us as different activity is projected upon the movie screen. Not only that, but we are witness to the thoughts which simultaneously flow through our conscious awareness, the physical sensations which are occurring and so on. In just one short minute of witnessing, we can learn a lot about ourselves. Imagine how much we could learn about ourselves if we continued to hold this witness perspective as we carry on with our life experiencing.
One thing you might discover is that you can witness what is going on while still being fully engaged with what is going on. This means, we don’t have to just stop life experiencing to adopt the witness awareness, but rather, realize this witness awareness is always present sort of like a life recorder taking it all in as each moment of our life unfolds.
We might eventually realize that the guidance which comes to us from “out there,” is really just another avenue through which we can learn more about ourselves. And in this learning, unfolding experiencing, the light may dawn upon us that there really isn’t an “out there.”
Once this realization wells up from within us, the “Inner Presence” may be experienced as just plain “Presence.”
When we first started this journey, we might have thought of ourselves as just this body. When someone asked you who you are, you naturally answered with the name given to you, this body when you came into physical expression. That perspective was/is very limited. As we begin to awaken to knowing more about ourselves, we tend to adopt a broader perspective because we begin to understand our presence isn’t just this body, the body is, or seems to be a vehicle in which we express life as a human being in a time/space reality.
We might come to understand that, as a human being expressing life here, now, we are comparable to one cell in the countless number of cells which make up the infinite being of which this expression is one perspective in expression of. We might come to find the witness which resides within us, is the very same witness which resides within each and every “cell” of the infinite being.
This revelation extends the scope of our presence in awareness far beyond the boundaries of this body, city, state, country, continent, planet and solar system. Certainly, everything which IS exists and is, extends on into infinity.
The thought of infinity may bring forth ideas having to do with size and or numbers which have no limitation in size or quantity. And, this says something about expression in being. There is no “end state.” There is no, “once I get there, I’ll be fulfilled” state. The reason for that is because being and infinite being, we are expressing and being infinitely.
Does this awaken something within you? In this moment is the expression of your being, and in this moment are no more or less than what you truly are. You can never be more than you are. You can never be less than you are. And so, this limitless being expressing right here, right now is every-thing and no-thing simultaneously. Being is the only one, and the multitude of beings simultaneously. The multitude expresses within the one, and the one expresses through the multitude.
I’d like to point out something else, this infinite being includes all expressions in being in all planes of expression and existence, on all planetary bodies in the limitless expanse of this time space reality.
In other words IT is all inclusive.
Therefore, in order to really know thy self, we are obliged to eventually awaken to this all inclusive expression and delight in it as our own being.
So, how we treat each other is how we treat our self. How we attend to our body is how we honor our self and promote our expression in this form of being. How we attend to the care of the place where we work, live and play is our promotion and advancement of the fullness of our local expression in being. And, you can take this step by step out into the far reaches, into different planes of expression, into distant galaxies out into the limitless expression in being.
In short, Love thy self, be kind to thy self and express they Self now in presence, in being, in joyful playfulness.
This is the value of attuning to your own Inner Presence.