Most of us each look with psychological space between a posited “I” and what that “I” — which is actually manufactured — supposedly sees from a distance. Even when a psychological fear takes place, we each tend to see it from a distance, as what each one of us “has,” rather than seeing it as what we actually are. (This psychological distance exudes a false sense of control.) However, if that central “I” is spurious, is mentally manufactured and not really central… and is essentially a projection of the thought process, then erroneous perception is taking place. An illusory “I” often may necessitate a concomitant illusory (psychological distance). The absence of a central “I” helps to curtail unnecessary psychological distance.
We are also separated by organized (concocted) religions, countries, cultural groups, rigid beliefs, systems, and prejudices… many of which we are willing to fight and die over.
Very few of us are truly simple (in an intelligent way) beyond the absorbed conflict, rifts, and illusory boundaries and spaces that were provided by way of direct or indirect indoctrination. The wise mind that transcends the very crass and illusory notion of a central “I” or “me” will live among many who habitually cling to absorbed images of a central self. Such a wise mind usually must function in a vast population of delusion and falsities. It may be that the very essence of those habitually expressing unnecessary psychological space consists of duplicity and inaccuracy. Deep compassion and profound holistic relationship occur not a moment sooner than when (psychologically) the limited “I” is wisely and fully transcended. When the limited “I” is wisely and fully transcended, needless separation and wasteful conflict end.
Interesting post and picture, Happy Sunday, friend
Thank you, Leyla! 🙂 Most people misconstrue things and suppose that going beyond the “I” negates lasting security and ongoing order. Not much could be further from the truth. Hoping your week is enlightening!
Like an image, thought is created by contrasts, as in this posting.
As you probably realize all too well, Ken, most merely dwell in the realm of opposites and divisive patterns. Stay perceptive and caring! 🙂
well said 🙂 I find myself spiralling around this… often absorbed in ‘I’ – like when you go to a movie and temporarily fully believe in dragons and faeries; sometimes acting as though it is real, though I can tell I am just going through the motions – like sitting inside a robot set to autopilot; and occasionally a moment, most delicious and satisfying – of just being… “I’ used to get frustrated with ‘itself’ but now it seems gently funny – with a large serve of compassion <3.
Thanks for writing this post, I love opportunities to read and think and respond.
Yes, i understand! I prefer to use (alternatively– internally) “this movement”; the “movement” aspect including everything around. However, when actually talking to people, “this movement” is just too awkward. Even the best of us slip into the habitual “I” usage thing. Conditioning affects us all; to deeply perceive its great pull into delusion and falsity is a great art. 🙂
Lovely capture, Tom.
Thank you, RG! 🙂 It’s one of the more rare species.
Beautiful capture! Wise words, Tom.
Thank you, Amy! 🙂 And we hope so!