The witness in yoga psychology
Sakshi is the term used in Sanskrit for witness. With the combination of the words, sa, and aksha meaning “with,” and “senses.”
Sakshi is the ‘pure awareness’ that witnesses the world but does not get affected or involved.
In classical Yoga psychology “witness” is referred to as transcendental consciousness. It is to be able to observe the mind from the deepest source inside ourselves. Generally using the terms “inner witness” and “witness consciousness.”
The witnessing consciousness is that part of yourself which only observes. It is not your thinking mind, i.e., the thinker or the thoughts. It is the silent, all-knowing part of yourself. In Yoga psychology we call this the higher Mind or ‘Buddhi’, the knower.
Developing awareness is one of the most important parts of yoga and meditation. Without awareness, there is no space, and as such you may react to situations without thinking.
Through the different practices, you work on the process of awakening and cultivating your awareness. Developing your awareness and cultivating the witness go hand by hand together.
Being the witness is to be the impartial observer, the uninvolved, in a calm manner regardless of what is going on within or around you. Accepting anything that manifests.