What are ‘you’? What is the ‘self’?
The definition of ‘you’ is ‘hurt’. Be very clear about this. ‘You’ is ‘separation’. Separation is, by definition, hurt.
You don’t want to know that the cruel taskmaster who owns you — the ‘you’ — is an illusion…because ‘you’ aren’t there. And if you knew, the ‘you’ would disappear. It would evaporate like a fog. You don’t want to know that ‘you’ are an illusion — an image in a mirror, a reflection in a pond.
‘You’ is the Choice of Distraction
You want ‘you’ to be there, and so you purposely get distracted. It’s a choice to be distracted. And in that distraction you appear.
If you are not distracted, you dissolve. And then there’s bliss; clarity; non-clinging awareness. But your program — the whole story of you, the whole story of ‘me’ — is to be distracted. The minute I’m not distracted, I’m not there anymore.
There’s sensation; there’s perception; there’s cognition; but none of those things make a ‘me’ until I attach to this one and push off of that one.
So why does suffering continue? This is a hard one. Are you ready?
Because you want it to…. Ouch.
All suffering is self-created.
Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat are modern day teachers of transcendence. Their work with students draws upon Buddhist, Western Mysteries, modern psychology and other traditions.
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