This weekend we worked during three days with a group in 'Samaya in Werkhoven' on 'Karma and reincarnation. As an exercise to find the true self I gave the following text from Rudolf Steiner, to find this way by doing what is said there.
It is a quote from GA 78 (Anthroposophie, ihre Erkenntniswurzel und Lebensfrüchte).
'In observing nature we rely on outer sense perception. The human world of thought, the content of thinking, is being developed at the other side of this sense perception and as true reality we find what is composed of one-sided contents of experience of the outer world and one-sided content of thinking. We complete what, as I have said yesterday, as half a reality meets with us through our physical organisation. We can, when we want to grasp this freedom that is an experience which is directly identical to the human being itself, not lean on outer things. We have to ally thinking itself with what we are - as I would say - in the process of our I. We have to view what stands before us in freedom, but meanwhile, while viewing, we have to develop simultaneously thinking, in the same way as we develop thinking when we think about outer aspects. What Goethe appreciated so much, as Heinroth called his thinking a 'gegenständliches' thinking (an object thinking), must reveal itself at a still higher level, if we want to grasp the revelation of freedom, for Goethe connected his thinking with the outer-sensual world of the plants. Here he succeeded in letting his thinking dive into the object, with active thinking living in the object itself; but the object remained passive. If we want to - when I may say it in this way - object-thinking develop in the concept of freedom, we will have to permeate a super sensual-spiritual that is in a continuous activity in the weaving of the human soul, in a still more intimate way with the activity of thinking. We must not permeate something outer but permeate something that develops in us with the activity of thinking. Through this now, this new object of our thinking is being yanked (?) from being linked to whatever object in a normal sense. What thinking performs here becomes a deed of freeing itself. Thinking, without becoming empty, without losing content, but rather filled with the most intimate flowing of the human being itself, raises itself to a free flow that makes low one thought from the other. The soul content is being filled with content that it creates itself and that is in its creation at the same time objective.'