“What Is I?”
In Latin and Greek, the word ‘ego’ means ‘I’. The moment we refer to I, we personalise consciousness.
What’s wrong with I? How did this I come about?
I is a mistaken identity; it is an attachment to consciousness.
We say, “That person has such an ego!” when, in fact, we all have egos that we carry around.
Our original consciousness is pure and empty of ideas; it is just aware, and reflects like a clear mirror. It’s doing that now, being spontaneously present. It’s what we are. It’s seeing these words. Look away from this screen and it’s still there, just being. It is like pure space – whatever we do in space, the space stays the same. Well, the essence of mind – pure consciousness – is like that. Whatever we stir up in the mind, essence (pure consciousness) stays exactly the same. We don’t have to do any spiritual conjuring tricks to see this – it’s just here, right now.
The mistake we make is asking, “Who am I?”
If we ask, “Who am I?” we will merely go round in circles,
because we will want to identify, failing to realise the pure experience.
Ask the question, “What is I?”
The essence of being is the mirror of pure consciousness, and ideas are reflections in that mirror. Whenever this essence identifies with the reflections and holds on to them, a false feeling of self is fabricated because now, that is all that consciousness sees. It forgets the seeing and it (or we) becomes caught and held. This clinging is maintained by our likes and dislikes which gradually become our ‘second’ nature. We hold on to our judgements about a situation, instead of acting accordingly to bring about harmony, dropping any fixations.
This is a totally different picture than the one we are taught. This world that we live in is all about boosting and bettering our I, our self image – and it is this that causes misery.
We will have some sort of ‘I-fixation’ until enlightenment. In the meantime, we use a ‘social I’ – a stand-in self image to which others can relate – in order to communicate.
Whenever we personalise consciousness, we limit experience,
and consciousness can never resolve into realisation.
Our fundamental nature is happiness,
free of all fixations.