The Yoga Sutras, the ancient text of yogic principles recorded by the sage, Patanjali, reveal the path for a yogin’s practice. In the second Pada thread 23, he says:
sva-svami-saktyoh sva-rupa-upalabdhi-hetuh samyogah
Bernard Bouanchaud offers a translation in The Essence of Yoga: The union of that which is perceived and the perceiving entity permits understanding of their respective faculties.
Can I get out of the way of my self while perceiving?
Can I see and feel things as they are—without judgment?
Can I divorce what I know of the past or expect in the future from what I am actually experiencing NOW?
Stephen Cope rightly says in The Wisdom of Yoga that there is no yoga without the witness.
If I am not watching, I am not yoga-ing!
B.K.S. Iyengar, in Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali comments upon this sutra:
“If the master maintains constant watchful awareness of his consciousness, associates with nature without attachment and remains a witness, nature (prakrti) leads its owner, the soul, to freedom, moksa.”
Can I open myself enough to do this?
It takes practice. It takes mental muscle.
And it takes faith that with continued practice my facility to see through illusions will increase.
I will awaken into freedom.