LIFE WITHOUT A SELF

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe … We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” ~Albert Einstein

Perhaps the most interesting and curious experience created by our conscious mind is the belief we have a separate self which controls and manages our decisions and choices…it is therefore a surprise that neuroscience has now found our decisions and choices occur before we are conscious of them…actually these decision develop in our subconscious mind where it spontaneously flows up to our awareness..

Our conscious mind is not a separate entity as we assume nor our true identity but instead a simple focal point of the vast intelligence of our subconscious mind which dominates our conscious awareness…the independent and controlling self that we believe exist within our conscious mind is an illusion …and this false belief has major consequences in the human experience.

Our illusory and separate conscious self mistakenly tries to take on the responsibility of judging and controlling the spontaneous and continuous flow of our subconscious mind by attempting to change it consistent with its values and beliefs…all of which often creates severe conflict and stress….the irony is that the belief of having a separate self with a separate thinker and feeler is deeply embedded in our subconscious mind through continuous social conditioning…instead thoughts and feelings simply flow up to our conscious mind without any controlling self…the illusion of a separate self is an aspect of our socially conditioned subconscious mind creating the illusion of its real existence..

But why doesn’t this understanding remove this illusory belief once and for all….unfortunately intellectual understanding does not touch the illusion simply because the belief has become embedded similar to an habitual addiction…as a result we need to go through a rather painful and intense search for liberation from the self…but only when in a deep state of complete despair and failure can we finally let go and surrender the ego process by realizing we have no control over our behavior and feelings…at that point we are open to directly experience the free flow of harmonious awareness and movement.

“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” ~ Sigmund Freud

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