The Emergence of the Ego-Self
It appears that our spirit is perpetually engrossed in thought. This process serves as a constant invitation to make sense of our surroundings, to contemplate the events in our lives, and to gauge our personal progress. We do this unconsciously, rarely questioning the stream of thoughts that flow through our minds, seemingly beyond our control.
Creative Spirit Space
If ‘I think’ equates to ‘I am,’ as Descartes ardently argued, then the ‘I’ in ‘I think’ must represent your spirit.
In truth, the spirit itself does not engage in thought. It can be likened to a space of consciousness that resonates with the happenings around it, but it does not engage in active thinking. Rather, it is the recipient or the watcher of thought. Mindfulness is precisely that. The spirit has the capacity to create an expansive mental space to capture and process what resonates within it.
Pressure is a phenomenon that pertains to the body, not the spirit. The moment the spirit identifies itself with the stream of thoughts and their associated frames of reference, it succumbs to the pressures that these thoughts bring. This is when we find ourselves in a mental abyss, akin to a writer who writes about a writer who is himself, a mesmerizing and imprisoning cycle.
Occult means hidden. It inherited a bad reputation because, let’s face it, we don’t typically like what is hidden–it scares us. While occult forces may captivate the fascination of some, they are not necessary for our understanding at this point.
What is important here is that thoughts seize the spirit’s attention, they seldom release it. Whatever you focus on, owns you. It may seem that understanding, sense-making, and giving meaning to our thoughts are noble pursuits, but in reality, they can become traps, keeping us confined within our mental prisons.
The ego is formed through constant acts of thinking and self-reflection, through the…