Ken Wilber, founder of the Integral Institute, leads participants through a process of stripping the mind of objects and resting in the ever-present subjective sense of I-Amness.
The simple recognition of I-Amness is an infallible recognition of ever-present awareness, of ever-present Big Mind. And if you are aware of your own I-Amness right now, it’s an infallible guide to Big Mind….
This fundamental I-Amness, the fundamental authentic transpersonal Self, is not dependent upon objects. Any object you can see is an object. It’s not the subject. It’s not the pure Self. so you want to get a sense of I-Amness stripped of objects, and realize if all objects are gone there’s still I-Amness….
You can actually feel that I-Amness. It’s present now. It’s present a minute ago… five minutes ago. I-Amness. And the objects are all changed. That’s what’s so important. What you are is not an object. That means that any thoughts that you have, that’s not what you are. Those are objects. Those change. The thoughts you have now, are they the same thoughts you had five minutes ago? No. You have I-Amness? Yes.
So interiorly, your body’s an object, your feeling are objects, your thoughts are objects. If you can feel the self-contraction, that’s an object. What’s aware of that? I-Amness. The pure Self.
So what was present five years ago? I-Amness. Fifty years ago? I-Amness. What was present five centuries ago? I-Amness. Show me your original face, the face you had before your parents were born. I-Amness. No objects at all. The fundamental ongoing I-Amness. What was present five millenia ago? Before Abraham was, I Am. The I-Amness is the only thing that exists.”