“I think, therefore I exist” It is just a perception. It is not a fact or ultimate “truth.”
When we are caught up with labels, words, logic and reasoning, we lose the ability to observe without pre-conceptions.
If you observe Nature, you could see a bird grabbing a fish out of the Ocean to eat it. That could be the last trip that fish has to experience something it has never experienced before: To fly and to see the sky.
In the analytical world, the “office world,” we are concerned about “good and bad.” Morality. Actions rather than intention. Something like, the “bird is bad,” the “fish is good.”
Why is the bird “bad”? Because it has killed the fish. Killing is “bad.” Reasonable.
Judgment has been emitted and with that, rejection of “what is.”
“I must change it. I must fight against that. It is unfair.”
Our emotions will arrive according to what we have been taught: “poor fish.”
That scene could be enough to make someone feel sad.
“Life is suffering….” We could say. We generalize that experience and with that definite label of “suffering = Life,” we will experience Life and expect suffering.
The incentive to get away from that perceived suffering is in motion. Religions will exploit that, a system of beliefs will be built, something like: “The fish will go to heaven.”
“God will punish the wrongdoer bird,” etc.
The childish example above could be applied to a more “adult” like scenario.
The point is that our separation from Nature, from Life itself, has created an individual incapable of “pure” observation. All we have left are “value systems” already arranged in our minds as beliefs.
“I am, therefore; I am not.”
If you could understand the above, you could understand what I am trying to explain.
If you cannot, then your education, your knowledge, the information that you have acquired, your beliefs are not allowing you to understand that simple phrase.
“But… that is irrational. You are denying what you affirm.” 🙂
“Please explain logically what you meant…”
If you are in that consciousness, I am afraid that these sharings may only confuse you.
When the self realizes that there is no-self.
When the self realizes that there is a self greater than him-self.
Being nothing. Therefore, everything.
Being everything. Therefore, nothing.
Does it make sense?
It is not meant to be analyzed. It is not meant to be put into intellectual rigour.
If you recognize the above, it will make sense to you; otherwise it will be labeled as “rubbish.”
Peel every layer of what you have been taught. In the path of a “Life walker,” every experience will take him closer to his destiny. Every belief will only stop him to take a break. It is a matter of time.
As the sage said: “ To grow in Life means to go over the shadow of time, by going beyond our mind, body and heart.”
In the meantime, take the time to smell the roses.
Why is it that to be self less is important?
How to be self less?
We hear all the time that “we need to be selfless, we need to be ego-less.”
In this brief article ego will have the same meaning as the word “self.”
The importance of being self less resides in being able to operate, to act; considering the “whole picture,” that is beyond the “me” factor and its extensions such as “my family,” “my religion,” “my country,” etc.
When we act without the self, we are not dividing. When we do not create a division, the outcome of that action will be according to the flow of life, the Drama.
If we think about ways to be selfless, we will not be able to “feel” what it is. We could make a list of “selfless acts,” but as long as there is someone “doing” or “thinking” things the outcome will be ego. It is “ego” itself being asked to come up with ways to get rid of itself.
Ego is not bad.It has been used as a mechanism of defense for a long time. However, it could be detrimental when out of control. It will be creating further division, segmentation; distance. That manifests in pride, arrogance, self-importance, ostentation, etc.
The “how to” is not about doing anything. It is not “I” doing selfless deeds. It is not “I” thinking selfless thoughts.
It is being selfless, that is without the consciousness of “I.” Being there without a thought.
The mind, which is engaged in continuous thinking, is unable to experience that state of a clean mind from thoughts.
That lack of thinking has been named by some as “no-mind,” and that state is not obtained by doing a certain practice, but it comes automatically as we experience silence in all aspects.
That silence means, to shutdown from all sort of outside sensations and to be able to enjoy our inner company.
Sitting quietly in some quiet place to let that quietness enter our being.
That silence comes when we are in contact with Nature as well. In that experience the mind becomes very quiet, the mind forgets our own self as being a thought and connects with the primal sounds and setting of human beings, that is “Mother Nature.”
As this connection with Nature and silence away from distracting noises deepens, a new “personality” emerges, a being who is able to perceive its own internal “noises,” and thus, become free from them. A being, which is more in tune with the “no-mind,” and is capable of experiencing that “self “ which is ready for further change, that is to encounter a meeting with its own dissolution.