This is a meditation technique inspired from Osho.
When watching yourself, and you catch the mind speaking, say in your mind, Who Speaks?
This is to help you to identify the voice (or ego) that is causing the chatter.
It might be mother's or father's voice. It might be someone in the family or someone you saw on TV.
You might not be able to find out to whom this voice belongs, but you might be able to see the "game" or "program" that this ego is playing.
You might also notice that there is not just one voice speaking in the mind, but that the voices change. You can ask "Who Speaks?" to every different voice.
Essentially, what you are doing with this technique is creating awareness of the thoughts that are happening in your mind. Thoughts can be due to negative thought patterns or from habits --- and the goal is to create awareness to see what is happening in your mind.
You can do this technique any time during the day, wherever you are: at a meeting, while in class, on the bus, or even make it a meditation.
As a meditation technique that is done during meditation, sit quietly and when mind is speaking, ask "Who Speaks?"
Don't judge and if no answer comes forth, do nothing.
If you are able to identify the voice, thank the person to whom the voice belongs and GIVE BACK the energy to the person. Often times, this thought will be negative and/or will have some negative emotion attached (e.g. guilt, shame, etc.).
In giving back the energy, we liberate ourselves from this thought pattern and realize that this energy was not ours. We chose to now bring our consciousness to the present situation. We choose to be aware of the thoughts and emotions that are arising within us and to seek the "voice" that is really ours.
May you find this meditation technique to be enlightening on your inner journey.
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