To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not. Discover all that you are not - body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that - nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.

The clearer you understand on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

My self-image is important because how I think about myself affects how I feel and how I interact with others and the world around me. A positive self-image boosts my physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being in the dream I'm living.

The world I experience is no more "out there" than are my dreams

When I dream, the dream world looks like so real, then when it is dreamed, seen, enjoyed or endured. Similarly, whatever I think and feel, it's look real to me. But it is not be what I take it to be. 

I'm observing the reality of the world and myself in that world I cannot possibly say that I'm what I think myself to be! My ideas about myself change from day to day and from moment to moment.

My self-image is the most changeful thing I have. It is utterly vulnerable, at the mercy of a passer by. Your bad observation, a single word, an insult, and my image of myself, which I call my person, changes deeply.

All things around me, what I take for granted, my day-to-day existence is largely a product of my imagination. My memory, opinions and beliefs, how I see myself and others and even my sense of being free, are not as they seem. They are delusions Mr Anderson!

The power the delusions hold over me is staggering

Yet, they are necessary to help me function in the world. The world is supported by my "sleep" and the Nature does not want me to "wake up". 

Each of us undertake the journey to enlightenment in a way uniquely suited to each one. We're equipped with unique gifts, talents, life mission and purposes. I draw unique experiences into my life in order to learn something. I gain specific knowledge and extract my understanding of life is a big but unknown lie? Uniqueness, mission, purpose, experience and understanding... if we're talking about awakening, all that is simple bullshit! 

To destroy the false, I must question my beliefs. Of these the idea that I'm the body with the consciousness is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world - God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts - fears, religions, bondage, spirituality, practice, sacrifices, all sorts of systems - all to protect and support "me", frightened out of my wits by monsters of my own making.

To know what I'm I must first investigate and know what I'm not

And to know what I'm not I must watch myself carefully, rejecting all that does not necessarily go with the basic fact: 'I am'. The ideas: I am born at a given place, at a given time, from my parents and now I am so-and-so, living at, married to, father of, employed by, and so on, are not inherent in the sense 'I am'.

My usual attitude is of 'I am this'. I have to separate consistently and perseveringly the 'I am' from 'this' or 'that', and try to feel what it means to be, just to be, without being 'this' or 'that'.

All my habits go against it and the task of fighting them is long and hard sometimes, but clear understanding helps a lot. The clearer I understand that on the level of the mind I can be described in negative terms only, the quicker I will come to the end of my search and realize my limitless being.