We recently listened to satsang with Nirgun John. He made the statement, “I am not in the world, the world is in me.”
This statement illuminates the experience of Truth when you assume Consciousness as the speaker of those words. Clearly the “I” referred to is not the mind, body, beliefs, etc., although that ‘I’ does appear to exist in the world. What then is the “I” being referred to that is “not in the world?” This “I” is so vast “the world is in me.” This “I” referred to is so vast it is not contained in the concept of vastness; it is beyond all concepts.
As always, these statements as Truth appear abstract and inconceivable when viewed as an individual person identified with mind, emotions, body, etc. Once again, we would encourage you to look to the key given by St. Francis of Assisi, “What you are looking for is what is looking.”
Recognition as “Me,” which is beyond the concept of a “me,” is self-evident if we simply look at what is looking for the answer. Rather than looking to mind for the answer, we need only stop and notice the unchanging Awareness. Perhaps a helpful step is to let go of the vanity that says, “I am experiencing Awareness,” and recognize you are beyond Awareness awaring.
Once we experience we are beyond even Awareness, it is immediately felt “I am not in the world, the world is in me.” This is not meant as a pointer to the future, but as an immediate and continuous experience as Now.