The question in life is not “What is my purpose?” That question just makes us look really silly. The biggest question in life is “Are we having fun yet?
Is anyone experiencing an emotion in a chronic way that they don’t like?
Yeah, would you define fear as an emotion? Yes, I would.
I’m not fond of fear, and being introverted, it scares me to say something though it doesn’t always stop me. Involuntary introversion is fear.
First, everyone recall a moment in which you felt fear. See if you can still vividly recall it. Now consider this while you are recalling the fear: Who is it that is having that fear?
Hmmmm, my body is.
The little me that’s afraid of being out of control of circumstances.
It’s a part of my mind that holds me as a fixed thing.
My thinking mind.
Are any of these you? Are any of these involuntary? And if not what created the fear? Do any of these selves have power over you? Are any of them in charge?
No. More like advisors.
Feels like it sometimes. I get swept up and disconnected from greater sense of self and then the whole world is scary. When you see the fear from this point of view is it fear? Is it confusion?
There’s nothing to be afraid of, a confusion has taken place. Oh, does that judgement come from this point of view or is it more habit like the fear?
So even if the fearful thing happens and my body is harmed, it can’t touch the higher self? Yes. If you stub your toe it hurts, but did your life end?
Conflict set up in us to have fear and then judge it? Yes. That conflict does set us up for the fear and then the judging, which goes right back into conflict, and then more fear and judging. Is there actually a problem?
All concerned with future events. Concerned with future events, but only using past events. Where is the presence? The identity?
So the judgement comes from the same place as the fear? And fear is not about the presence. How often do you say “omg! I shouldn’t walk because I might stub my toe!”?
It’s about the current identity being threatened? Yes, it’s a distortion.
Yes. If x happens I won’t be the y person I identify myself as. Scary truth is, you never were.
Metaphysical ghost stories? And the ghost we are talking about is the dreaded ego. Ego is a very scary ghost and just as crazy as any.
There’s a book “The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles” where the author says we are like radio receivers, and if the receiver breaks, the signal is there. True. I have met brain injury survivors who were very aware their mental capacities had changed. If the scientific definition of the mind were true, it shouldn’t occur to them that anything had changed.
I still am in the “we need a bit of ego in order to move around in the world” camp. Oh, I would still say we do need a sense of identity. Even the Yogi Sage Patanjali didn’t say we needed to lose ourselves, he said we needed right identification. We need ego to serve its proper role as our familiar and nothing more. It’s the only purpose it can serve. This is the only reason evolution brought it into being, and it won’t go away. It’s not meant to, but we can let go of it like letting go of our own foot. It makes it much easier to walk, and lets it serve its purpose.
Many are identified by what their ego has accomplished or allowed them to accomplish, and they attribute that value to the ego, where the ego was just a window.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.