When you ask yourself, “Why would s/he do that?” Where is that answer going to come from? Is it going to come from him/her? No! It’s going to come from you. It’s going to be the reasons why you would have done it…
If you are asking the question, then the answer is: this is not it. But the question falling away is also not enough. One can realize that they are not a thought, not any thought, and questions will subside. But do you know who you are?
…alter ego (Latin, “the other I”) is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person’s normal or original personality. But what is a “normal” or “original” personality? We often think of personality as “who we are,” (and so we don’t like it to change.) But personality is not something static. Is your personality the same as when you were 10 years old?
Many people think being “spiritual” is working on themselves within. But spirituality has nothing to do with inner work, because: There is no separate self within. That’s not to say that you don’t exist.
What is unconsciousness, in the spiritual context? It’s not like when you get put under for surgery. Today a client said, “Something happened on our call yesterday.” I asked, “What?” They replied, “Maybe you didn’t notice. I started to get more anxious as we were talking. Started crying. Started to let thoughts take over, which I realized is my issue.”
People think you have to suffer to wake up. They hear what happened with Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie. How they suffered. But it’s not just the suffering they have in common. And suffering wasn’t the key commonality.
While bad emotions may be a “stink” that comes from ego, they are not what ego is, in and of itself. Good emotions (worldly attachment happiness) also are stink from the ego…
People think we are connected, and that is the problem. What is required, assumed, or built-in, in order to be connected? Disconnected. We originally think we are “other” than the totality. We imagine that we exist as some actual, separate thing called a person. So we try to band-aid that strong belief in separation with a weaker idea that we are “connected.” It will never work. What is needed is to begin to see…
How many trees are there?
I saw this on my walk tonight, and it inspired this blog. Seen from a limited perspective, it appears there are two trees. But that is not the truth. Seen from the true perspective, there is indeed only one tree.
…my old persona would have been freaking out, and getting sick, and not being able to sleep because of the intensity of it all…”