Updated: Mar 31, 2020
The Observer— the witness, our soul, our higher self. Being the observer helps us to see things from an objective point of view. It allows us to see things as they really are, without the filter of our opinions, perceptions and judgements. It’s a gentle noticing.
The Observer cultivates humility by clarifying things objectively in the present moment. While the thinking mind gets caught up in the past or the future, being the observer allows us to simply notice from a place of love, from our higher self.
Becoming the Observer is a different state of mind. It requires that we become aware of subtle emotions, impulses, feelings and behaviors which are done without thinking. For instance, we generally react to something unaware of the sensation or thought that provoked our reaction. However, when we practice being the observer, we notice the moment something triggers us. We are then able to observe the impulse and refrain from acting upon it. This is the first step in shifting from unhealthy patterns and behaviors to creating healthy habits and practices. Like anything worthwhile, becoming the observer is a process and will not happen immediately. Practice, practice and more practice are essential to becoming a masterful observer.
Here’s an exercise that will assist you with getting familiar with how it feels to be in observation mode:
Find a comfortable sitting position in a quiet place. Start by noticing your breath. Pay particular attention to each and every sensation and feeling you have while inhaling and exhaling. Examples might include noticing how it feels different to inhale then to exhale. How does it feel the same? Is your breath in shorter or longer than your breath out? Observe all the random thoughts that come up taking your attention away from examining your breathing.
My hope is that you will have fun with this exercise while developing the skills of a conscious observer.
While we are at it, here's another way to test your observation skills. Can anyone tell me what this is a picture of?