Actually this is a position of attention — free attention, without knowing, without interpreting, without limiting and without enforcing anything. To be in the nothingness or in the non-being. I relate to moments where all the commotion of the ego quiets down, but a knowledge exists that the nothingness is there all the time. Like an under-current. Like a pleasant death. The Ego consists of holding on tightly, being attached to things, settling in one's self image and being demanding.
The Ego is conservative and a coward; it does not want to know anything new and it is attached to what it already knows. This is what constitutes repetition compulsion. We simultaneously choose something and become what we have chosen.
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There is no separate identity. The inter-subjective field of research does not surrender to the known, but always aspires to the unknown. Researching ourselves and the discourse between us and others are always creating a new space for consciousness. One can search and discover new territories. We are inter-dependent in order for this to take place.
The Authentic Self is the incarnation of the creative energy in us and the Ego is merely a distorted screen. The interiority of the Cosmos is at the same time our own interiority.
Our awareness of this equality is to our advantage. This exemplifies the enlightenment of our capacity for choice: To be less in love with life's image , consistency, balance, seriousness and trustworthiness. One needs two things in order to walk the path — a profound understanding in the truth of these teachings and confidence in our ability to walk this path. The results of our action clarify to us what it is we really wanted to begin with. This truism is so simple that it is frightening. One reaches this knowledge when one is all alone — there is no guarantee whatsoever that what one perceives as the results of one's actions is what is really there.
Nevertheless there is the inter-subjective field that can give one feedback into what our actions mean. Choice of action also gives one confidence because it is backed by the clear knowledge of what is really important. Morality, values and the meaning of life emerge from these choices and these convictions. When there is no pretence there is presence. The Authentic Human is a combination of the two dimensions-triangles. When the authentic dimension has evolved, the less developed dimension — the dimension of the separate self — doesn't disappear.
It loses its power and like in the schematic drawing it is subjugated to the authentic dimension.
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It is useful as what represents the human uniqueness and individuality but only with the condition of it being harnessed in the service of the evolutionary process. Andrew Cohen says: "The authentic self is already free! This Authentic Self doesn't need therapy or spiritual practice to enable it to let go of unwholesome conditioning. It's a part of the self that has never been hurt, wounded, or traumatized.
Because it emanates from a more subtle level of manifestation, a level that can be seen in this world but is not of this world. It cares passionately about life and truth and evolution. And its manifestation is always spontaneous. While the ego is an expression of the personal and historical dimension of the self, the Authentic Self is an expression of the evolutionary impulse in consciousness, which is always impersonal and universal. When awareness, due to ignorance, is trapped in the gross realm by the ego's fears and desires, it is impossible to experience the peace, bliss, and fullness of the Self Absolute or the ecstatic life-affirming passion of the Authentic Self.
Once you stop paying attention to the self image, attention breaks free. Attention is directed to experiences. Attention is a central axis where nothing has yet happened. That is why it does not matter what the desire or the fear of the Ego is, even if they are unconscious.
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With the help of liberated attention we can feel that nothing has happened. One can stay disconnected and not act from fear and desire. It operates also on the unconscious, on the condition that one wants to become liberated, free and enlightened. We do not need to defend ourselves any more to deny or to repress anything.
All we need is to hold onto the stance that nothing has really happened. One should get out of the center of the stage and cultivate an evolutionary tension that exists between the relative and the absolute, and then something else will happen something bigger than us. The evolutionary potential that is beyond us and beyond the capacity of our perception will emerge through us. Here it is the relation to the experience and not the experience itself that will emerge. The minute we do not wish to be someone we do not need to defend and to guard our self image.
When we renounce this attachment to one's self-image, the whole defensive structure disintegrates or at least changes. When one tries to change, the Ego ceases to be a defensive mechanism and becomes aggressive. If one does not face this aggression it attacks itself in a more and more morbid way.
It does not stay static. Again and again the illusory confidence is severed; one's anxiety gets stronger and the mistaken choices that one makes from this anxiety and the desperate search after a defense from reality become more and more pathological. This is so dangerous, that people revert to anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs and then what we see are deadened people who are still alive. The Ego is a fake shelter. How can one to aspire to become whole and have a right relationship to one's thoughts?
One needs to understand that the differences between people are relative and redundant. Of course, structure is what stands behind all that is personal. To relate in an impersonal way creates a stronger intimacy in the end because all differences disappear. When we are solely within our personal experience, we are alienated — this position is even aggressive. Where we pay attention is crucial. If we listen to the spiritual call to become whole, we start to look backward in time: two hours, two days, two weeks, two years, and this route begins to start to look good — evolutionary.
It connects itself to the source of life. There are no divisions. To be in the 'not already knowing' means that The Ego is a deaf-mute, blind, and suffocates. This is the place of enlightenment. If attention is directed towards fears or anxieties — the feeling is of suffocation. But if we do not escape back into the little box, suffocation disappears and instead new spaces and new dimensions appear. This is the difference between fear and awe. Fear comes from the Ego.
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Anxiety comes from the unconscious and awe belongs to consciousness. To die to the world. To die to the Ego. Blessed non-belonging. We need to detach ourselves from all materiality — including the materiality of thoughts, feelings, and knowledge. The relationship to life is expressed in our choices — it determines our destiny. What is important is not to respond in a conditioned way; especially when confusion, anxiety, desire and doubt are strong —one should not respond.
It is then that we usually tend to respond and choose — and there are consequences miserable consequences to these choices.
If we succeed in maintaining a no-relationship, we will gain a lot of confidence, more than in times of peacefulness, joy and easiness. When attention is liberated from the efforts to get confirmation to self-importance and self-appreciation — we can see reality as it is — not deny it and not dive into it, just see it. Without avoidance.