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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

attitude
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”

proposition
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!

Quote –

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/the-ins-and-outs-of-awareness/
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.

– Quote

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?

 

OWL

One With Life

One of the biggest lies I tell myself is “I live my life”.

When I examined the lie “I” realized “LIFE lives me”.

“I” do not breathe; “I” do not circulate blood, “I” do not digest; LIFE does these for “me”.

“I” can only be aware of the processes of LIFE when “I” pay attention to them.

The “I” referenced is the ego.

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

Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.

Ego is only a pattern of energy that I create to express my individual physical existence.

Alter-egos are negative patterns of energy that I create to express specific negative energy. The largest alter-ego I have examined in me is the PAIN pattern. The purpose of the PAIN pattern is to give and receive PAIN; even the law of compensation (give-receive) can be distorted to negative purposes.

Other negative patterns of energy that I create: resentment, inferiority, superiority, guilt, shame, …etc.; the purpose of each negative energy pattern is to give and receive that negative energy.

I am finding that practicing “being in the present moment” encourages “ripe” expressions and discourages “unripe” expressions. The opposite is also true.

There is one word that best describes “being in the present moment” and that is awareness.

I practice placing my awareness in my breath, in my hands, in my feet, …etc. After I can “sense” a tingling of presence in an area of my body I then imagine light, heat, heaviness, …etc. immerse the area; this makes a wonderful meditative practice. I can also use my imagination to envision PAIN I am experiencing as a dark entity that I move outside of myself and return it to the earth; the final destination of my physical form.

A sure way of “being in the present moment” is by placing my awareness in any part of my body. The Life that lives me only resides in the present moment; so I come back to the present moment; so I bring my awareness back to the body.

Three modalities of awakened action while “being in the present moment” :

1. Acceptance – of those things that cause negative emotions and unhappiness to arise in me. The things I cannot do with Enjoyment or Enthusiasm I must learn to Accept.

Matthew 5:25-26  Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Agree comes from two Greek words meaning:
First – give thyself wholly to; I exist (used only when emphatic)
Second – to be well minded, that is, reconcile

Adversary comes from a Greek word meaning:
An opponent (in a lawsuit)- adversary; which is a compound of two other Greek words meaning opposite and right or justice.

Remember an adversarial emotion or feeling is always inside the person doing the experiencing.
Jesus wasn’t just talking about how to handle myself in a court proceeding; but how to live an abundant life. This is a lesson about what I experience within.
My definition of Acceptance – to give myself wholly to; I exist with so that I might be well minded or reconciled toward.

2. Enjoyment – doing those things that bring joy while consciously performed.

When I am in this modality I find that the ego can only appear momentarily and if I do not let it interrupt my action the joy drives it away.

3. Enthusiasm – doing those things that bring intense and eager enjoyment while consciously performed. The word was originally used to refer to a person possessed by God; inspired.

When I am in this modality I find that the more intensity and eagerness with which I enjoy the action the less any small fragments of the ego can even flash across my awareness.

Being “One With Life” goes deeper than you can ever think.

The Ins And Outs Of Awareness

Pay attention to awareness

Definition of pay
1. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting – pay attention – pay your respects
2. to slacken (something, such as a rope) and allow to run out —used with out
paid out the rope as it jerked taut
– All the other definitions have to do with the exchange of money in various ways

Definition of attention
1a: the act or state of applying the mind to something
Our attention was on the game.
You should pay attention to what she says.
b: a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity
Students, do I have your attention?
2: OBSERVATION, NOTICE especially : consideration with a view to action
a problem requiring prompt attention

We can not learn without paying attention.
We can not teach someone else without paying attention to him/her.

I believe that I am always dreaming; waking or sleeping.

Waking dreaming has a frame of perception that forces it to be limited; my subconscious mind is ravenously devouring the input from my five sense and creating a virtual reality based on my paradigm and sensual input. I can affect my waking dreaming with conscious directions.

Sleeping dreaming has no frame and is limitless; my subconscious mind with very limited input from my five senses is ravenously and randomly replaying a virtual reality based on my paradigm and past experiences. I can affect my sleeping dreaming to a limited degree if I hold a thought in mind while falling asleep.

First, I want to look at my normal (chaotic) awareness of the outside world.

The frame is my paradigm, my way of viewing reality; but this can also be over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind.

For an understanding of paradigm as a way to view reality see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/paradigm-shift/

My Subconscious Mind: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second.

I also believe my subconscious mind is able to contact Complete Collective Consciousness; the Unifed Field (Quantum Physics Theory) or Akashic Records (Theory) science or religion if you will.

In normal awareness I am not paying attention and so my subconscious mind is monitoring all the random input that is coming in through my five senses; thousands of events at a time at an average rate of 4 BILLION bits of information per second. Just think all of this happening and I am barely cognizant of most of it.

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious mind plays an important part in my life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

Just to give you an idea of what it is processing from just one sense, light enters my two eyes and projects an image upside down on the retina of each eye. Now these images are a pattern of dots, like the pictures in a newspaper. My subconscious mind takes these two images combines them together, fills in the spaces between the dots, and creates a movie (virtual reality) right side up of what I have seen. At the same time it is scanning the image for things it has experienced before and files the information based on; attitudes – values -beliefs (my paradigm) , or over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind, interfacing with past experiences.

If a movie or film displays at least 30 frames per second my subconscious mind will convert it to a continuous display.

What a marvelous instrument I am!

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious. The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

Second, I want to look at meditative; considered thought (ordered) awareness of the inside world.

From the dictionary: meditative of, involving, or absorbed in meditation or considered thought. Who would have thought that the dictionary was a scriptural text?

Below is the Japanese pictogram meaning consider.

For a complete post of just the word consider see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/consider/

Calming the mind vs emptying the mind.

Calming the mind is considered thought.

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.

There is a great fable told by Tom Brown Jr. in his book Awakening Spirits.
Here is a shortened version:

A long time ago… a man captured a sorceror and made him grant a wish. He wished a for a demon that would do as he asked. The sorceror said that the man would have to keep the demon busy or it would grow and consume him. The man said “no problem!” and the sorceror vanished. Then the demon appeared, about the size of a football. The man tried to keep the demon busy with tasks. He asked the demon to clean up his house. A minute later the demon returned and said “it is done” and grew to the size of the man. He asked the demon to prepare a feast for his friends. The demon returned a few seconds later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of grizzly bear. He asked the demon to build a new house on the mountain. The demon returned a second later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of his living room. As the tasks got more elaborate the demon simply returned sooner and said “it is done” and each time he returned he got larger and larger. The man went running out of his house, managed to outsmart the demon and finally came upon a shaman and told him of his predicament. The shaman said, “Give the demon this hair.” and he handed the man a piece of curly hair. “Ask him to straighten it.” The shaman disappeared and the demon appeared, larger and more fierce than ever. “What is your bidding?” The man cringed and handed him the hair and asked him to straighten it. The demon laughed. But as the demon found out, he couldn’t straighten it. As he tried, he got smaller and smaller. Any time the man wanted the demon to do something, he asked for the hair back and asked the demon to do what he wanted. Then he handed the hair back to the demon.

The hair (considered thought) is a tool that can be used to calm the conscious mind (demon) so that it can bring order to the subconscious mind. Hairs include chants, prayers, songs, visualizations, meditations, songs and religious rituals. Hairs can help you enter meditation. A true master will transcend all hairs as Jesus (or Buddha or Lao Tzu, etc…) were able to do.

My Conscious Mind: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second.

When I compared this processing to the subconscious mind it looked really weak except for the fact that my conscious mind can direct my subconscious mind. I hope you are seeing just how important the conscious mind really is. It can be the director of the movie (virtual reality) of my life!

With meditative (considered thought) awareness I am viewing what I am experiencing within me rather than just what is happening outside of me.
Review the Japanese pictogram meaning consider above. With considered thought I can choose to review the movie of my life as it is happening. I can choose what scenes and scripts are the ones I want to emphasize. With a moving meditation my movie becomes a living dynamic thing done on the fly. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to direct the movie of your life. What is most important in my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.

Reflect on this:
It is possible for me to be the director of the movie of my life. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.