Self observation is to know what stands behind one’s surface nature and personality. To observe oneself is to become conscious of oneself, of the different parts of one’s being and their respective activities. It is to know one’s inner mental, vital, physical and psychic being and its powers and movements... In its advanced stages where one takes an impersonal poise, Self-observation also consists of knowing the universal laws and processes of the occult Mind and Life which stand behind the material-front of the universe. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/21/memory-ego-and-self-experience#p5</ref>
=Why is Self-Observation Important?=
==To Overcome Ignorance==
In our everyday life, we always look outwards into the appearance of things and get trapped into the surface ignorance and rarely turn inwards. Amongst other things, this comes with ignorance, unconsciousness, egoism. If we wish to overcome these limitations and discover & utilise our potentialities beyond the surface appearances, we need to observe ourselves. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/
03/ 30-june- 1929# p7</ref>
Through self-observation, one learns to distinguish different parts one from another, so that one may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements that occur in oneself, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive one to action. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/
03/ 30- june- 1929# p7</ref>
==To Utilise One’s Full Potential==
Man must know himself and discover and utilise all his potentialities: but to know himself and the world completely he must go behind his own and its exterior, he must dive deep below his own mental surface and the physical surface of Nature. This he can only do by observing oneself. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/
cwsa/ 21/ memory- ego- and-self-experience# p5</ref>
=How to Observe Oneself?=
Further, to develop the witness attitude it helps to
Project oneself on a screen and then observe and see all that is moving there and how it moves and what happens.
08/ 4- july- 1956# p15</ref>
Look at oneself objectively as a third person engaging in the surface level activities. One need not like or dislike the activity but sincerely observe the movements of nature.
The mental being within watches, observes and passes judgment on all that happens in you. The psychic does not watch and observe in this way like a witness, but it feels and knows spontaneously in a much more direct and luminous way by the very purity of its own nature and the divine instinct within it, and so, whenever it comes to the front it reveals at once what are the right and what the wrong movements in one’s nature.
cwm/ 12/ the- science- of-living# p5</ref>
==By Being Vigilant==
Secondly, vigilance helps in self-observation. If one remains vigilant, not fearful, then with the increase of the Force upholding oneself, a power of seeing and self-observation comes. The power of seeing is accompanied by the power of self-control and the power to reject the wrong turn or the wrong reaction when it comes. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/
cwm/ 05/ 10-june-1953# p31</ref>
==By Developing a Quiet Mind==
Thirdly, quietude and detachment of the mind helps in self-observation. If the whole mind remains quiet and detached, then to observe the vital movement without giving assent and rejecting it becomes more easy. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/
21/ knowledge- by- identity- and- separative- knowledge# p12</ref>
==By Exercising the Will to Change==
By the education of the senses the growth of one's general education is aided. The senses can, in particular, be used as instruments of observation, control and knowledge. For instance, the way one keeps one’s room is often a reflection of where one is in one’s consciousness. Taking this feedback, and consciously trying to use the sense of colour and form, order and organisation helps develop the ability to use one’s senses a logical, rational, useful way. Going further, it also helps discover who one is in the conscious way of designing one’s room.
03/ 21- april- 1929# p6</ref>
=Difficulties in Self-Observation=
The second is the “danger of ego” in observing the movements and attaching the sense of ‘I’’ to the process of self-observing and not going behind the surface level I.
==Focussing on the
To be always observing faults and wrong movements brings depression and discourages the faith. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/
30/ three- experiences- of- the-inner-being# p6</ref> One has to observe them, of course, but not stress them.<ref>http://incarnateword.in/ cwm/ 09/ 18- june- 1958# p3</ref>
Instead it is important to focus on the good part and give it strength, whilst not denying the limitations and the wrong movements. .