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I, the Sovereign Self ~ Getting Free from Your Conditioning Part 3

Posted on: November 17, 2012

~ with Sarah McCroskey

As defined by the engaging lecturer and multicultural theologian, Father Anthony DeMello in his tape series, “Wake Up to Life”*, self-observation is “observing yourself and everything around you as if it were happening to someone else”. Yes, as if it were happening to someone else. This perspective allows you to see without judgement so you can truly be objective. He offers the following 3-steps as a way get free of conditioning:

1) Note the negative reaction or feeling (i.e. get conscious);

2) Own your response. It’s truly yours, it’s not outside of you;

3) Release your identification with the feeling or reaction. (It’s not you; it’s an experience you’re having in this one moment).

Simple, powerful steps. Dropping the identification is key. Without anything but awareness, patterns and conditioning begin to drop away. Why? Because inauthentic or conditioned responses only operate when we are attached – to the outcome, to the acceptance, to the ‘food pellet’ of whatever sort.


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