Travel deep inside yourself without the baggage of conditioning. Be an explorer, have patience and eventually your true nature will surface. You will return from your journey with fresh skin and you will approach each day with a wonderful sense of wonder and bliss. – Marco Capristo

Who Am I? is a meditation based on self-enquiry for attaining enlightenment which is closely associated with the Indian Sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.

I have been meditating on the question of “Who Am I?” And from my personal experience I have come to realize that “The Self” is source or God.

In the past when I was meditating on the question of “Who Am I?” I always found it difficult to perceive an answer to the question as I did find it impossible to answer. I would begin by asking myself Who Am I? and then this would be followed by more questions: Am I The Body And Mind? Am I My Thoughts? Am I My Emotions? Am I My Feelings? And there would come a point where I could no longer go any further with the questions as I felt like I had hit a brick wall,

Usually meditation teachers will tell you that obstacles are not distractions to the meditation; they are the meditation. And so blocks aren’t blocks to creativity. They are the creativity. The blocks arise for a reason but nevertheless you still need to persevere on your spiritual journey.

By continually asking yourself Who Am I? I have feelings, but I am not those feelings. I have thoughts, but I am not these thoughts. Who Am I? I have desires, but I am not those desires. By paying attention to the technique, you will realize that thoughts appear out of nowhere – out of an empty space. But there is a further line of enquiry which I must ask myself: Where did that thought come from? Who is thinking those thoughts? Notice how thoughts appear, they seem to be transitory and are always fleeting. And as soon as one thought arises and disappears, another one arises.

With the “Who Am I?” meditation you push back into the source of your true nature.

Now as you rest in your true nature – realizing, I am not feelings, I am not thoughts, I am not desires. You will notice a sense of freedom, a sense of liberation, a sense of release – release from identifying with the body, mind and ego. All of which are objects that can be seen, and thus are not the true seer, the real self, your true nature which is what you really are.

So you won’t see anything in particular. Whatever arises is perfectly fine. Clouds float by the sky, feelings float by in the body, thoughts float by in the mind – you can effortlessly witness all of these things. The true seer is not seen. It is just a vast background sense of emptiness, openness and freedom.

Through this method of self-enquiry and attentiveness it may begin to dawn on you that there is a source within you that is far deeper and more mysterious that you thought.