The universe is full of action, but there is no actor. There are numberless persons small and big and very big, who, through identification, imagine themselves as acting, but it does not change the fact that the world of action is one single whole in which all depends on, and affects all. The stars affect us deeply and we affect the stars.
Step back from action to consciousness, leave action to the body and the mind; it is their domain. Remain as pure witness, till even witnessing dissolves in the Supreme.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)
in-plain-im-quite-insane said: At some level we are all trying to validate ourselves. "I think therefore I am" along with the desire for control, attention, and ownership. In some way, we all want to prove that we exist. But deciding upon a few reasons is incredibly ineffectient. Instead of exhaustively proving myself, I simply have to realize the truth of it all: I am.
All of the proving, validating, controlling, and desiring arise because of misperceived inherent identity.
The notion of being an individual entity with a beginning and end, soul and fate, success and failure, is the very cause of our suffering. Such a notion of individuality is also false.
And it is because of the individual’s falseness that we then strive so hard to assert it. We need confidence, we need love, we need the objects of our desire and the causes of our happiness. We need validation.
In the end, we are attempting to secure something that is ultimately unsecurable. False individuality (ego) is synonymous with insecurity. Because essential eternity is our innermost intimate reality, we will always on one level or another intuit our games of individuality to be a sham. And that is the feeling of insecurity from which we try to escape, validate, or distract ourselves.
The “I am” is a very good clue to follow. It has no location, no beginning, and no absence. You are not identifiable by what you experience, be that a mood, a concept, a sensory perception, a body, or any particular combination of things. Yet the “I am” is still there, so apparent and obvious that it is so often overlooked.
If you are looking for good guidance and commentary on such an approach, I’d recommend the teachers of Advaita such as Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Mooji, Adyashanti, Master Nome, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, The Ashtavakra Gita, and Papaji.
Namaste my friend.