Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Not an idea

It is hard to imagine how it is possible that anyone could not notice the intensity of frantic energy in our world today directed toward greed and alienation. On the one hand we seem determined to grab our exclusive share of a shrinking pie and on the other we discover a growing gap between ourselves and others. These are two sides of a common coin which is rooted in the illusion of an independent self.

The base-line presumption which is driving this race of the lemmings is that we are an idea—a mental image which we have agreed to call a “self-image”. Buddhism, long ago, established this root as the illusion that it is. Fundamentally none of us is an idea but so long as we remain persuaded that we are, we are destined to operate from what comes along for the ride: Fear and alienation. The self we imagine is continuously vulnerable, desirous and isolated. The presumption, centered in this mirage, is that to survive it is necessary to become possessive. And when we do, we end up taking our lot from the hide of others which results in progressive alienation.

A person who exhibits a strong need to possess is a challenge to be with. The implied message in such a relationship is “for me to be complete I must carve off and possess a piece of you”. The answer to this crisis of identity is not to become complete by shoring up a false image but rather to transcend the idea and find our true, always complete, substantial self.
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