One With No-Thing-Ness
There are two types of egos, one ‘ripe’ and the other ‘unripe’. “Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. “This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna
Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”
Unripe Ego IS (exists) through:
Identification With Things
Separation From Things
Now let the awareness of the tension that this “Identification With Things-Separation From Things” causes in the subconscious mind come into your consciousness.
The IS-ness of Unripe Ego is created by:
Indoctrination – The humans around me have a tremendous drive to train me to believe as they believe; religion, culture, education, …etc. are created to indoctrinate me with things to believe.
Separateness – One of the first lessons that everyone tries to teach me is that I am separate from all the other things with physical existence.
Image – I am taught that my body is fat or thin, my hair is straight or curly; basically I am different. So I need things like haircuts, clothes, cars, houses, …etc. to enhance my image.
Superiority – If I am fortunate to be born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am better than those who have less.
Inferiority – If I am not born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am less than those who have more.
Sameness – Even though I believe that I am separate I have a great need to be a part of a community and this requires a level of sameness with others. Talk about internal conflict.
Inimicalness – The community that I choose to share some sameness with will have a tendency to be unfriendly or even hostile to members of other communities.
Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?” This came from a search for Ego From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
I think that you are starting to get the theme of this essay.
Unripe Ego always needs to be right.
How do I stop expressing Unripe Ego?
The answer is contained in understanding: Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”
Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –
A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the world is true. In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false. To believe something is to take it to be true; for instance, to believe that snow is white is comparable to accepting the truth of the proposition “snow is white”. However, holding a belief does not require active introspection. For example, few carefully consider whether or not the sun will rise tomorrow, simply assuming that it will. Moreover, beliefs need not be occurrent (e.g. a person actively thinking “snow is white”), but can instead be dispositional (e.g. a person who if asked about the color of snow would assert “snow is white”).
– Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.
“she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgences”
1. a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion.
“the proposition that all men are created equal”
Similar: theory hypothesis thesis argument premise postulation theorem concept idea statement
2. a suggested scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context.
“a detailed investment proposition”
So am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”
Let this sink in –
A belief is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something that is the case; or a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion about the world that is true.
– Let this sink in
After reading that statement does this statement take on more meaning “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”
So, I ask again, am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”
If this is the best advice that the physical world can give to help me answer the question “Who am I?” I am totally underwhelmed!
Sounds like a major trash collection of the mind is required!
Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.
I am the process of LIFE that is living me. I am a wonderful physical instrument that LIFE uses to record what I see, hear, feel, smell, and taste in the world around me. In addition I have an amazing mind that processes all the sensory input coming in from the world around me and adds feelings, emotions, and values to the memory files that are stored away.
So with this wonderful physical instrument of LIFE that is living me; Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.
“Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna
Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”
“This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna
Unripe Ego is always craving things; an addiction that can never be satisfied.
So how do I want to express my individual physical existence?
Ripe Ego or Unripe Ego?