Self-Contraction Is Your Own Action, 
Not An “Experience”



by Adi Da Samraj
1996

You’re used to experiencing your self-contraction as an experience rather than as your own action. So you have some feeling about what I’m talking about when I’m talking about the self-contraction, because it’s that knot in the pit of your stomach or that feeling of anxiety. 
You don’t realize it’s you pinching yourself, you doing that feeling of anxiety, 
you contracting. 
You may, in the course of the listening sadhana, get a little better at it all, understand it a little better, but ultimately to understand most fundamentally and to be free of all the wanderings and vacations and effects of self-contraction, to notice, to feel, and be in the position of the act itself, coincides with the feeling of relatedness itself, they are coincidental, and the arising of attention.
The feeling of relatedness, or the self-knot, can be felt all over the body. 
But if you feel it at its point of origin, it’s on the right side of the heart. The right side of the heart is not simply the domain of Divine Self-Realization. It’s the root of egoity. It’s a knot that must be opened. You have to get back to that Door, by releasing energy and attention to do so.

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