On the automatic self, the reflexive self and inner freedom.
In one of the films of Kung Fu Panda, Master Shifu tells Po the legend of The Dragon Scroll:
The Dragon Warrior can hear the wings flap of a Butterfly.
The Dragon Warrior can see light bursting from the depth of a cave.
The Dragon Warrior senses everything moving around.
The great obstacle to fulfill these traits is the habitual concentration on the egocentric me, the inner dialogues, the constant movement between a personalized past and a personalized future.
To become The Dragon Warrior one must practice the presence of mind and be an inseparable drop within the interminable ocean of the dynamic here and now.
Observation has to be oriented towards activities performed within impermanence – the true nature of Reality, rather than be channeled by permanent personal characteristics.
Some more amplification on the subject:
To practice becoming or being part of the process, part of Reality, part of the Unknown, one must meticulously learn about the particular known territories, which characterize one’s way of life.
A reflexive Self has to be awakened, nourished and stimulated, so as to function as the observer of the territorial self and draw its attention to automatic reactions and actions, which are part of the permanent and the known, and thus irrelevant.
Only a Self, free of automatic and known patterns, is able to confront Reality and its unknown always changing fluctuations.
The great paradox consists in knowing the territorial self thoroughly and thereafter gradually abolishes it, as a crucial preparation to confront the Enigma of the Unknown.
The abolishment of the territorial self is of great complexity, as the self is obliged to deter its view with reference to past events as well as the view with respect to the future expectations.
Both past and future concepts might limit the alertness of the self and avoid relevant reactions or actions as a process integrated within the stream of the Unknown.