The whole point of this meditation technique is to remember that which is always the same, and at the same time remain in detached witnessing consciousness in the midst of your ever-changing circumstances. There’s no need to do anything apart from witnessing.
Two realms exist together within us: the realm of change, which is always changing; and the realm of no-change, which is always the same.
Your intrinsic nature is always the same—it never changes. If you are able to perceive your nature, you will come to know that something in you is essential. It remains the same continuously, eternally, timelessly. This is the center of your being, which is infinite consciousness.
Change is the essence of life. Everything is changing. Only change never changes. Everything is dissolving, moving, and transforming into something else. Transformation means to change, to shift into another form. Change means to move into the unknown. Basically, fear of change is a fear of the unknown.
This is why people want to remain in the security of their mind’s projections. They really don’t want to accept change, only to pretend they want change by moving from one extreme to the other, repeating repressed past experiences, actions, and reactions from their thoughts. Transcendence means to change the view of your inner understanding, and it comes from the higher plane of your existence, infinite consciousness.
What happens when you refuse to accept change? You are trapped in your past and in your future—trapped in your mind, in fear of the world, in fear of change, in fear of your own conditioning. You are fighting with yourself. The secret is to remember that which is unchangeable within you. The secret is in wanting No-Thing.
You take notice of the peripheral world of change—your body, your mind, your thoughts, your emotions—and you start thinking you are these things. You identify with them. The real you, which is a sameness, is denied and forgotten. You can be so preoccupied with your body, thoughts, and feelings that you become obsessed with the changing world around you, completely oblivious to the center of your being. The center becomes so deeply neglected that it’s repressed by your attachment to the ever-changing uncertainty of the external world.
That which is changeable is always becoming, never being. The mind can only understand through that which is changeable. This is why we try to understand consciousness, health, the truth, and immortality through that which is changeable.
Today you are in love with someone, but tomorrow you hate them. One minute you praise someone, and the next minute you criticize. One moment you approve of something, and the next moment you disapprove. The simple fact is that the mind can’t be trusted. There’s nothing stable, permanent in the mind—nothing crystallized—because the mind is an illusion, merely an absence of awareness.
The mind can’t acknowledge and it’s not at ease with the unchangeable nature of consciousness. When something changes, the mind has to take notice. It has to attach itself to the change for a period, until it exhausts its excitement. When the mind moves its attention to other changing phenomena, that very moment it creates a gap—and you become aware. Your consciousness becomes alert for an instant, before submitting itself to the vibrating pattern. If you can stay in that alert moment consciously, not allowing the mind’s thoughts to cloud your consciousness, you’ll remember the state of awareness, the witnessing consciousness.
When you meet somebody for the first time, you feel a certain discomfort and uneasiness. You feel that way because the unknown is facing you. The next time you meet the person, you are more relaxed because the unknown becomes familiar. You start to know the person. When things are known and familiar, you feel safe.
Whenever something new enters, you become conscious—but almost instantly submit yourself to the changing circumstances, forgetting consciousness. Instead you identify with the vibrating mind pattern. When something changes, you need to become aware of it. It’s a safety mechanism to adjust to a new situation that has come into being.
The whole point of meditation is to be aware of the inner unchangeable realm at the center of the ever-changing flow of change. You can choose to identify with the changeable that comes and goes, or with the unchangeable, which never comes and never goes. When you chose the changeable, you automatically become the mind. Since you are in a state of separation, you become diseased.
Witness the change of ever-changing reality while witnessing the witness in never-changing reality. This is the way to unite two realms into one authentic reality. It’s the unknowable middle point.
You can apply this technique to all opposites in anything: in love and hatred, poverty and riches, health and illness. Whatever happens to the periphery, your inner center mustn’t change but must remain the same. You have to be conscious of One-Self.
Always remember that change can’t happen to you—it’s impossible. Change always happens at the periphery of your being. Be in unforced detachment from the periphery. Do nothing—don’t force this detachment. By trying to withdraw, by trying to be released from attachment, you are still mentally or emotionally involved, still on the periphery. You haven’t encountered the center.
Try this: Someone is critical of you or your behavior, saying something hurtful to you. Or someone is angry at you, insulting you. Stay focused on listening to the person—not to what they are saying or to whether they are right or wrong. Don’t identify or react, but just engage in plain listening. Be consciousness of One-Self. Don’t engage the mind, trying to find the answer to the question, “Who is listening to this person?” Stay in your center and just look from there. By looking and doing nothing, you will experience a natural detachment from the words. In this place of silence, nothing and nobody can disturb you.