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Liberation from the Limited Notion of Self…


I’ve included the following quote by Einstein in previous posts, and i’m including it here again.

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” — Albert Einstein

The human brain goes through a huge amount of associative mental connections. Most people associate the “I,” the “me,” the “self” with power to control, with domination over “other” thoughts, and with freedom to act independently. However, the “I” — just like the other concepts of central authority — is just a protrusion of thought/thinking. In all actuality, there is no true central “controller” situated in the brain. Unfortunately, far too many people treat this thing as if it has a separate, substantive existence (apart from others). It may be that many millions deceive themselves each and every day. Transcending this limited, primitive, crude form of thinking opens the way toward deep compassion and holistic understanding. Our age-old associative ties to a central, independent “controller” (apart from the world) may be very erroneous.

I’m little … Photo by Thomas Peace c.2023

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Honey, societal influences have supported this “controller” mentality and we’ve fallen for it. We can only hope that people will wake up soon, but they probably won’t! 💖


    • Yes, Kym, society is indoctrinated with the notion of a controller, a separate manipulating “I.” Yes, people probably will not change (at least not significantly). Illusion is the accepted norm. 😉
      From T.S.Eliot:
      “And what you do not know is the only thing you know
      And what you own is what you do not own
      And where you are is where you are not.”


      • WOW, T.S. went deep with that quote! I believe your message is aptly stated and on point my friend. 👍🏼🤜🏼🤛🏼👍🏼

  2. wow Tom another gorgeous photo – but I take issue with Einstein here – he sure didn’t walk his own talk!


  3. I think the most important thing to believe in and have faith in is … yourself. But not at the expense of others. Lovely image with great detail!


  4. Belief and faith have no place — and are not at all needed — once profound clarity and perception take place. Yourself is all the people of the world, all the creatures and living things of the world, and all of life in the cosmos. But don’t get a swollen head about it, please. 😉


  5. What a dramatic photograph Tom. Well Einstein was a brain so they say, whether or not we agree with him is strictly relative.


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