by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
What is the difference between the thought and the thinker? When you think about this, you will experience your thoughts. They appear in your head, as if in front of your seat of awareness. Did I lose you already? Are you able to follow?
Look at it this way. Obviously, you are not your thoughts. You are the one who is thinking those thoughts. The thoughts, as subtle as they are, are much more “concrete” than the thinker. So, start with the thoughts. Try to watch a thought. See it, or feel it, or do whatever you do with your thoughts. Try to locate it in your head. Can you do that?
Now that you can identify the thought, try to see where the thinker of that thought is located. Any luck? Do it a few times. Identify the thought, and then try to look for the thinker. Of course, one of the problems is that the tool that you use to locate the thinker is just another thought, but that’s okay. Keep trying to recognize the difference between the thought and the thinker.
If you were able to follow that explanation, then the next one will be easy.
What is the difference between you and your body? Obviously, the body is the physical structure that you walk around in. It has many exact physically-defined characteristics. But are you your body? Or, is the body merely a physical vehicle that you have been given in order to accomplish a certain spiritual task?
Think about these ideas. These are not meaningless mental exercises. The vast majority of human beings never once consider their spiritual nature. They end up living their entire lives entirely in the physical realm. This is how an animal lives. An animal thinks that the purpose of life is entirely physical. Its goals are all physical. When life is believed to be solely physical, then success is measured by what you have taken.
The more time you spend searching for your spiritual being, the sooner you will realize your true nature. Then, you will set about trying to accomplish your spiritual goal.