What you are has never moved or changed… how is this possible? Because you have never been born. Yes, your body has, but YOU are not your body. The body is the temporary vehicle that is experiencing whatever you are experiencing. What you are is PRIOR to the body. Prior to everything! You are unborn. Pure stillness, pure being. “Your” body, its personality, and the world appear IN/ON you.
However, identification is so strong (due to societal conditioning, habit, what you have learned, what you were taught to believe, what personal and world history you identify with, what you have come to believe is possible, what “makes sense”, what is logical, what is plausible, etc.), that to the mind this sounds crazy.
The question to ask is, “What is AWARE that this sounds crazy?” That which is aware is 100% neutral. It is nothing and has no opinion about anything. And yet, this formless, knowing “presence” is all that truly exists. Everything else comes and goes. So whatever you think isn’t it (since thoughts come and go). It’s prior to thought. “Well Michael, if it’s prior to thought, than how can I know it?”
Any answer I give would only be more story for the mind to agree or disagree with, so any answer is not it. The Truth is you already ARE IT. That is why any answer isn’t it, because ANY answer is movement away from what you already are and have always been… that which fire cannot burn, water cannot wet and a sword cannot cut. That which was never born can never be harmed or die.
Without IT, time could not exist!! Without IT, space could not exist!! It simply and eternally IS… and YOU are THAT. Which is why Nisargadatta’s book was called, “I AM THAT”, meaning not this and not this (not anything in the world), but that… THAT which is aware of “not this and not this.” What you are, no word can ever define. You are beyond all descriptions because you are PRIOR to all descriptions.
You can’t know what you are, you can only BE it. And since you are already IT, there is nothing to do accept notice what is already the case. But as long as mind is still identified with thoughts, the seeing is obscured like clouds obscure the sun.
When interest in the clouds is lost, the sun becomes more and more obvious until one wonders how they ever missed it. Remember, you already are THAT… it’s just a matter of letting go of “this and this and this and this”, i.e., everything you are not… and have NEVER been.