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D.R. Butler (via optiicalviibes)
I did this today, you feel like you are walking on the clouds.
bullshit-mess-i-call-my-thoughts asked: Getty you and your blog are wonderful ... I was wondering what is ego and are you supposed to get rid if it
The ego is our false sense of self. For the most part, it is characterized by a sense of separation, individuation, desire, and fear. The last two are natural consequences of the first two, for when you believe yourself to be separate and cut off, then there is the fear of not having or being enough, which leads to the desire to have and be the most.
A common notion is that you must get rid of the ego, kill it, or induce ego death. However, what is the ego? As I said, a false sense of self. If something is false, do you need to destroy it?
Suppose someone came up to you and started accusing you of being a purple elephant. Would your reaction be to seek this purple elephant and destroy it? Or to argue with the person and try to convince them you are not a purple elephant?
Those silly ideas only come in seriousness when you start believing that you are that purple elephant.
But the false cannot be destroyed, because it was never alive. It was always false. All you can do is see its falseness. One example you hear of frequently in Advaita Vedanta is the metaphor of the snake and the rope.
You are walking down a path in the woods at night and see a snake in the road. You react first with fear and then the desire to kill the snake. But when you get closer, you see that the snake is actually just a rope lying on the ground.
Where did the snake go? Nowhere, because it never was.
The illusion is when you misperceive yourself and so then see a snake called ego. The only way out is to go back the way you came: via misperception. Cease to misperceive yourself, cease to seek yourself in that which you are not, and the ego is no longer there.
So while we definitely should not tolerate living with the limited notion of ourselves as ego, we don’t need to waste time and energy trying to kill a rope. That is why realization is often called Awakening. You awaken from the dream of the snake.
Meditation is the practice of ceasing misperception when you are physically by yourself. Mindfulness is the practice of ceasing misperception when you are physically out in the world. As your practice continues and unfolds, the two become one as continuous abidance of your Self by your Self.