Me, Myself & I

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There is an interesting word, called Rumination, for which there are two definitionsOne is ‘the act of chewing cud.’   The other is ‘to go over in the mind repeatedly.’

In regards to the latter, the inability to stop ruminating is a characteristic of the spiritually unconscious.

The 17th century philosopher, René Descartes, is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.  It was he who gave expression to the famous statement, I think.  Therefore I Am.

But the consciousness that says ‘I Am’ is not the consciousness that thinks.  And, as long as we are unaware of this fact, we continue to mistake the thinker for who we are.

The core of all of our mind activity consists of repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions and reactive patterns.  This entity is called ‘the ego’.  And the ego is the one who identifies with possessions, opinions, external appearances and long-standing resentments.  These are the things to which the words I, me, my and mine refer.

Many of us are completely identified with a stream of compulsive thinking, most of which is repetitive and pointless.  But, if we understand the basic mechanics behind the ego mind, we can recognize it as such.

What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am.  Who am I then?  The one who sees that.
Eckhart Tolle

The ego was created as a survival mechanism when you descended in consciousness during the Fall of Man.  But it is the ego that creates the illusion that we are separate from one another and separate from God.  This either makes us feel that we are not as good as, or better than others.

We are born into truth.  But we grow up believing in lies.  We witness so many lies when we are young and innocent, and we use these lies to form our personal Tree of Knowledge.  And one of the biggest lies is the lie of our own imperfection, which is told to us by the ego.  And believing the ego is an addiction.

The ego is actually an impostor who is pretending to be you.  It is the ego who drives the car while you daydream behind the steering wheel.  So your greatest protection from the ego is to become fully conscious and aware of it.  You are a character in The Truman Show and everyone who is asleep is named Truman.

Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment.  Ego, and awareness of the ego, cannot co-exist.
Eckhart Tolle

Human beings are meant to evolve into conscious beings.  And the Universe is helping us with this process.  In fact, when used correctly, astrology can make psychology look like something out of the Middle Ages.

The Universe is demanding that we free ourselves of our ego.  And freeing ourselves doesn’t have to be a difficult task if we remain conscious of our thoughts and emotions – as they take place.  Becoming fully conscious of an emotion is what enables us to perform new actions, instead of re-actions.

When the texts in the Old Testament were eventually translated into English, the title of Christ was interpreted as the man named Jesus.  At that time, Christians began to worship Jesus as the deliverer of their sins.  But Jesus was actually a deliverer of a message.  He was a messenger.  And his message is that, if we want to go where only Love can exist, we need to attain the Christ state of mind, not the anti-Christ state of mind. 

When you are invited, take the lowest place, so that, when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.  Luke 14:10-11

If we can choose to embrace emotions with un-conditional acceptance, the patterns can release, the pain can dissolve, and cellular and molecular recoding can occur.

Non-resistance and non-reaction are the keys to the greatest power in the Universe.  So humanity must become a people who, in the face of adversity, can simply stand patiently and peacefully chewing our cud.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.
Matthew 5:5

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/EckhartTeachings

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Inspired by the book A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, Penguin Books, 2005
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5 Responses to “Me, Myself & I”


  1. 1 josephine December 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    simply beautiful.
    thank you.

  2. 2 Deanne December 17, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I completely agree with this and have to say I have found my own freedom from blogging over things that my ego tormented me with for years. I remember clearly the day I became aware I as aware of the ego. At first the ego will play tricks as it sees it’s role diminishing because it wants tO be the center of attention so sometimes it is difficult to distinguish. But with loving care and being gentle with yourself you will slowly step into awareness and it does get stronger as you are pulled close to our source.

    There is a wonderful video on genetics I love to watch. The scientist gives so many examples of how our genes have the ability just by changing our thinking into awareness we can morph our genetics and change the course of what might be a genetic line of say breast cancer in the family.

    If you keep telling someone it is in your genes your thinking is what ignites the cancer cell, but he has proven in his own studies as he used to do cloning that genes can morph them selves even when given a food source that was thought to be insufficient and the gene would not be able to survive. Not only did they survive but all the genes in the different petri dishes communicated with one another and morphed and figured a way to stay alive on a food source that was thought to be something that would have killed it.

    We are so much more than we know. If we could get the ego out of the way we would be a better world. It isn’t easy though, but in is inevitable.

    Love and light, Deanne

  3. 3 Dale December 17, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Please elaborate on this statement: ‘But the consciousness that says ‘I am’ is not the consciousness that thinks.’. What is the consciousness that thinks then? I have been trying to figure out the source of thought. What is the awareness?..if you know what I mean. What is it that is aware? Is this that is aware the actual thinker?

    • 4 Vicky Anderson December 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

      The thinker is not who you are. If you are aware, you are the one who sees that. Otherwise, you allow the voice to take over.

      If you have ever watched or read the Lord of the Rings, the character Gollum illustrates these two selves very well. At one point, he becomes aware of the thinker as a separate entity and rids himself of it.

  4. 5 Deborah J. Boyd December 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Well this is enlightening. I have long considered that when people speak of addictions to alcohol, drugs, etc. that it is not the substance that is the issue but the process. I then concluded that most people were addicts and some were addicted to very dangerous things but I did not go all the way to realizing that these addictions fall on a spectrum.
    After reading this post I see where we suffer from addiction ourselves and from the addictions of others. In America we are now suffering from the Greed addiction that consumes so many people. Again this post shows a clear connection from the greed to the ego.
    My conclusion as to the resolution of all issues is to teach the world that ego is false and to be truly enlightened we must work toward diminishing the ego, if not eliminating it altogether, and embrace our mutual connectivity to each other and the Great Spirit.


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