Ask yourself, am I really the limited separate self that I have come to believe, been taught, conditioned to believe by my family, friends, culture, and world? Is it really a fact that seven billion conscious beings see one sunset, or could it be possible that one consciousness sees seven billion sunsets?
The self as we’ve come to think of it is made up of thoughts, images, feelings, and sensations, and perceives the world through the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. All are phenomena, objects arising in limitless conscious awareness, lingering for a period of time, and then disappearing, dissolving back into the boundless space from which they came. All things that we know, that can be known, experience an endless cycle of coming and going, but that which knows all things never comes and goes with them.
In the purest sense, we – are – that – which – never – comes – and – goes. You can think about it up to the point where thought becomes useless. What is it that knows the coming and going of all things? What is it that knows thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, yet is not dependent upon any of these things? What is nameless yet holds all names? I, you, we, are that.