Your Faceless and Formless Self

words by Brian Thompson, photo by Jennifer Picard Photography.

Underneath all of your bothered and worrisome thoughts is a calm stillness that cannot be shaken. It’s always there, waiting to be realized, waiting to be shared and expressed.

This stillness isn’t just a frame of mind, it's who you truly are, without mind, unbound by any confusion of obsessive thought.

Your true self is not a parcel of ideas, packaged together to form a personal identity along with all of your opinions, memories and experiences. Such qualities are impermanent, they change and disappear all the time, and yet, you’re still here. So if these traits can disappear but you still remain, then clearly such things are not really you.

So, who are you then?

You are something completely different than what you could every possibly think—quite literally. You are not your thoughts.

Who you truly are is a nameless, faceless, formless, choiceless, infinite awareness, within which everything you perceive is contained.

This is the true you.

You are not a body. You are not a thing. You are not your mind. You are not a feeling. You are not a thought.

You are the infinite, conscious awareness that makes all of this possible—at peace with everything—empty of any attribute, effortlessly aware.

Detach yourself from all that you claim to be yours—rid yourself of any mental attachments that entangle you. Be damned by them no more!

Your true self can possess no thing, yet within it, all things occur.

Awaken to the peaceful presence of your true self—unbound by any delusions of conceptual thought, undistracted by any ideas of a false self that isn’t actually there.

Awaken to your faceless and formless higher self—Awareness.

Under the obsessive thoughts and plans, under the emotions, positive and negative, there is an ocean of peace. —Gangaji