MT HOOD, OR—Many people assume that when your personal self drops, you stop having thoughts—ie: the mythical state of pure bliss.
These are two separate things.
When you stopped believing in the tooth fairy, your thoughts did not cease.
Same thing with the personal self.
When you stop believing in the personal self, your thoughts will not cease.
As many of you know, I still sometimes struggle with a noisy mind (it’s far less noisy than it was, but still more noisy than I’d like), but I no longer believe in the personal self/ego.
Just like the tooth fairy, once I realized the personal self was just a story—a collection of thoughts that are other than me—it stopped feeling real. It lost its felt sense of solidity.
In other words, to me, the personal self—the ego—is just like the tooth fairy. Just another mental image. Just a thought.
The Divine within can still function in harmony with thoughts, but She can’t function with a “solid” ego/personal self.
PS: I have thoughts on quieting thoughts (ironically) but we’ll address those later.
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