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.  It is the ego who causes you to terminate your meditation to take care of “more important” things.

And he said to them all, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny his self.”  Luke 9:23

The ego is a descended master.  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 at the wheel 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



Inspired by the book A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, Penguin Books, 2005

11 Responses to “Me, Myself & I”

  1. 1 Anonymous April 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    indigenous peoples don’t read the bible.. why does this one book seem so important? i mean i’m sure there’s alot god in there, but not everyone reads it, so i’m confused…

  2. 3 william April 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

    i think it’s important to leave comments, to let others know you are reading what they have to say.. i always am troubled that noone leaves a message on a site, when this earth is made up of so many great people with many ideas, and thoughts, and feelings.. =) so i leave my comment here: thank you for making me think on these things!

  3. 5 Barb April 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Amazing thoughts come out of reading your work. It’s the light bulb going on and a connecting of the dots. Thank you!

  4. 7 tearingdownvsbuildingup April 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    So I bought this book unsure of what to expect. I read the book description, thought, OK, not what I usually look for in a book, but I’ll try it. Read the reviews (mostly 5 stars) and decided that maybe it’s better than I was already starting to think.

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