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Beyond the Ego

Updated on May 20, 2016

Once again I find myself here, a state of mind that is eerily familiar, yet somehow as fresh and profound as the first time I discovered it. It’s as if all revelations and epiphanies are pointing toward the same thing, and that “thing” is an experience of life beyond individual interpretation or perspective. Life has an objective “feeling” about it that would seem independent of humanity, yet we are not separate from “it”. Obviously the animals have some sacredness, and I doubt anyone would claim that if humans were to vanish from this earth life would lose all meaning completely. That is to say: meaning isn’t dependent upon an interpreter to give life value. Life is valuable in and of itself, and it needn’t be talked about, examined, or even defined in art for its sacredness to be realized. In fact, it would seem that our over examining of life has cast a veil over our natural intuition and distorted just how we humans experience the serenity and sanctity of life. The horror of the veil is as follows: Existence is far greater than we humans can understand; no words, art, nor our thoughts themselves can even procure a glimpse of understanding as to the total nature of just what is. And so, we unintentionally reduce reality down to concepts and symbols that our primate brains can map on to a limited conception of reality. We create arbitrary ideas to fill in the gaps that we simply cannot comprehend, and then the entirety of our lives and civilizations are built upon our symbols and concepts rather than reality itself. In nature there is no religion, no currency, no nations, no economies, no races, no intentionally maintained identities, and so on. Yet, in our imagined self-importance, we have created a world where our concepts of nations and identity are adhered to and given a higher priority than the natural experience of life itself. We no longer experience life at all, but rather, we experience our thoughts about life. We have become so hypnotized by the phenomenon that is our thoughts that we can no longer experience life without labeling every aspect we encounter of life subconsciously. This can easily be understood: Imagine the most beautiful scenery possible, perhaps a cloudless sunny day, and in the far off distance a snowy mountain top separated from you by miles of pristine forests and clear flowing rivers. Take a moment to experience that thought, to visualize it is your head. You may have noticed that the clearer your picture of this scene becomes, the less you actually “think” about it. The more vivid the sensation, the quieter the mind becomes. This is because every second of our lives we are labeling and disregarding the true beauty and value of life rather than allowing our minds to become silent and actually experience reality.

The effects of this phenomenon are far more terrifying than one may initially conceive. The problem isn’t merely a passively distorted experience of life due to overthinking, but rather, a complete confusion of just what it feels like to be a human being. Just as we create symbols to try and understand the unfathomable reality of time and space, so do we create symbols to understand the unfathomable reality that is our consciousness. We have to break reality down into segments to grasp a portion of it. You can imagine 5 feet, and even 10, but you will never be able to comprehend 10,000 miles without the use of a map. You may be able to understand what 5 minutes feels like, but you will never understand what a billion hours feels like. The same goes with your consciousness, you may understand what feeling like a certain race or religion feels like, for that is a segmented and broken down aspect of consciousness, but you will never know what consciousness itself feels like. You label yourself as “black” or “Christian” in a means of breaking down what life feels like to something that can be understood. But raw consciousness is independent of race and religion, and if you feel like a Hispanic person or a Catholic, you are maintaining an illusion to find some stability in the void that is our consciousness. Any concept you have about yourself except for simply being alive is a departure from your true nature. We are ceaselessly distracted by our concept of ourselves as tall, pale, poor, attractive, ethnic, male, etc… to the point that we never realize that all humans operate out of the same basic mental states, which is essentially what we are. We are consciousness, yet we don’t feel like consciousness, we feel like an individual…


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