EXPLORING THE 2 MODES OF THINKING
Navigation Strategy: Keep an open mind, you are on a path leading to a vantage point that enables you to see with new eyes.
Stay open and "go with" the journey. If you spend your time, using your Ego's eyes, analyzing and criticizing the concepts presented, you will miss the journey entirely. And remember! this journey is NOT about finding the truth or something to believe in; it's about finding new glasses with which to look at reality. You will still have your old glasses to use whenever you choose.
The previous leg of the journey, Climbing the Mountain, distinguished the two selves at a sketchy level. Now let's add another layer of meaning. The goal is for you to "grok" the meaning of the words , i.e., to intermingle with the information, to merge, to know intuitively, to have FELT MEANING for... ("Grok" from the book, Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein).
Text relating to the Ego self is blue... Text representing the Essential Self is pink.....
PLUMBING THE DEPTHS
Definition of context: the framework that forms the setting for an event, statement, or idea, in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed; it structures the paradigm, the system of beliefs that shape the way you perceive reality; the window through which you view your inner and outer world; the boundaries that shape your perception.
DUALISM: THE CONTEXT THAT FRAMES THE THINKING OF THE EGO SELF
Dualism: A system of thought that regards a domain of reality in terms of two opposed or contrasted aspects.
Dualism is the context that structures the Ego's perception of the world. Through the frame of dualism the world is seen in terms of opposites, i.e., our thinking is fundamentally structured by either/or thinking. Either you are for something or you are against it. You either win or lose. People, ideas, and circumstances are either right or they are wrong, they are good or they are bad, .
The Ego interprets people and circumstances from a programmed set of beliefs, i.e., its paradigm, consistent with this context. Personal belief systems are derived from this dualistic context. Therefore, the Point of View (POV), the "box" that thinking resides in is consistent with the dualistic way of thinking. It is difficult to entertain ideas that fall outside that box.
Just take a look at your thinking. You will notice that it is fundamentally dualistic and that it structures your ordinary/ conventional view of reality. The issues of the day are seen in terms of who or what is right or wrong. Wars are fought over opposing ideas. People fight and die to be RIGHT (and not WRONG). Some people would rather be right than happy. The Ego is programmed to make itself right and others wrong.
We live in a world where our thinking is trapped in the dimension of Egoic thinking and we truly cannot imagine any other way. The book, FLATLAND, does a great job of getting this point across. In the book, a being living in Flatland, a two-dimensional world, cannot even imagine a world of three dimensions. The Ego lives in "Flatland" and cannot see the World Beyond Ego, a world that is perceived from the context of ONENESS.
SEPARATE: viewed as a unit apart. Viewed from the context of duality, we see ourselves as separate. From this perspective there is l/ Me and the world of others/objects that are separate and distinct. "We are Separate" is a basic assumption of the Egoic mind and that assumption shapes our view of reality. We live (spend one's life in a particular way or under particular circumstances) in an Ego-created world. All you have to do is notice your thinking about people and the world around you to validate the idea that we think of ourselves as separate. It is our totality. Who we are from the egoic perspective IS separate. It bogles the mind to try and think differently.
The notion that "We are Separate" is a fundamental assumption of this dualistic system of thought.
ONENESS:THE CONTEXT THAT FRAMES THE THINKING OF THE ESSENTIAL SELF
ONENESS/HOLISTIC: characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately connected and explicable only by reference to the whole; a state of Being; the interconnected web of life; the domain of Consciousness.
ONENESS is the context in which the Essential Self perceives the world. (This context allows for awareness of the intrinsic value of all that exists.) The holistic thought system does not see things dualistically, as good or bad, right or wrong. It looks at the world from a different dimension, a dimension beyond the 2-dimensional world of opposites. In a manner of speaking you might say it is 3-dimensional. For example, seen through the eyes of the Essential Self, LOVE does not have an opposite. Love/Hate exist in the dualistic thinking mode of the Ego and are dependent on the circumstances. The feeling of love/hate results from an egoic interpretation of the person or circumstance. In the Ego world, love can change to hate, or vis versa, by a simple change in interpretation. LOVE in the World Beyond Ego is a state of being, it is not an emotion brought on by a reaction to people, objects or circumstances. It is an energy field independent of the circumstances. It is a state of Being. (Entertain this assertion: Who we are when we are being our Essential Self IS LOVE! More about this in the section (Coming to Be your Essential Self)
The notion that "We are One" is a fundamental assumption of this holistic system of thought.
ONE: Identical/same/united/an integrated whole.
Now let's look at the thinking patterns of the 2 selves.
On this journey the term "logical" is used as a general category which includes different thinking patterns of the Ego self, (discussed below) that are characterized by clear, sound reasoning i.e., rational thought
PATTERFNS IN EGOIC THINKING
Just pay attention to the little voice in your head to see the Egoic mind in action. That little voice is there 24/7. Jon Kabot Zinn, in his book, COMING TO OUR SENSES, describes the thought content of the Egoic mind as obsessive, repetitive, many times inaccurate, disturbingly unrelenting, toxic, and sabotaging. In other words its thinking does not promote your best interest AND we identify "IT" as who we are. The question we are exploring is, "Who are we beyond Ego, beyond Egoic thought?????" First, you have to be able to identify egoic thoughts as they occur in the Theater of your Mind.
Let's look at some typical Egoic thought patterns:
"She has really bad taste in furniture."
"They don't belong in this group, they lack the education.
"I bet he did that because he was mad at her."
"It was raining and the slippery surface is what made him fall."
"l thought because her friend was coming she would be here."
"We will figure out what made that happen, let's lookat the facts."
"First, we will clean the house, grocery shop, and then fix dinner.'
"He will never be able to get over this."
(Prediction based on assumptions)
We don't have to spend a lot of time describing the Ego's mode of thinking because it is going on inside our heads, in the Theater of your Mind, all the time. To make the distinction experiential, it is important to begin to notice the thoughts that run through your mind as often as possible. (Just notice and label the Egoic thoughts: observation takes you one step out of the Egoic trap)
The Essential Self (ES) sees patterns and systems. It uses processes to create harmony and peace. Grounded in the context of Oneness, the Essential Self perceives people and events from a wholistic point of view, from another dimension, in a different energy field. It uses organic processes which are characterized by breaks in the boundaries of reason, allowing for higher-level perception.
Organic: denoting relationship between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of whole.
PATTERNS IN ORGANIC THINKING
Grounded in LOVE/ONENESS
Coming from the context that "We Are One," our way of BEING is accepting, egalitarian, compassionate, generous, grateful, etc. Who we are Being is aligned with all the characteristics of one who is Beyond Ego (discussed in the section, Coming to Be Your Essential Self). This is a state of BEING that enables us to be creative and transform the dramas created by the Ego, and look at the world with fresh eyes and enjoy a new awareness of who we truly are.
(In this higher dimension we are connected to a greater intelligence which can express itself through us?)
Being aware of the 2 separate modes of thinking/processing, we can identify when we are in Egoic mode of thinking and when we are in the Essential mode. We can begin to notice our Egoic reactions to people and circumstances, beginning the process of breaking free of the hold the Ego has on our lives. It is important to note that getting free of Egoic reactions does not happen overnight. It takes vigilance and knowledge of how to disengage from Egoic thinking. Information about the practice of breaking free of Egoic thinking is discussed in the section, Transformational Games.
The next part of the journey, Noticing your ego in Action is designed to distinguish, in more detail, the thinking patterns of the Ego.
Remember when you make a distinction, it brings something new into existence. So, by distinguishing the Essential Self from the Ego self, we bring the Essential Self into existence. That is the purpose of the Journey and we are on the way.
WAYS OF BEING
The Ego self and the Essential Self have two distinct ways of being. The Ego's way of being is explored in the next part of the journey, Noticing Your Ego in Action. An exploration of the Essential Self's way of Being happens in the section, Coming to BE Your Essential Self.
The Ego's energy frequency is derived from its interpretation of the circumstances.
The energetic state of being of the Essential Self is not dependent on the circumstances. The awareness of your energy level can be a powerful tool for recognizing where you are=-- in the Ego mode or the Essential mode.
One of the skills needed to move beyond the Ego World and into the World Beyond Ego is the ability to shift your energy. This is explored in Distinguishing the Ego's Energy Field.
Click on Noticing Your Ego in Action to get to the next part of the journey.