Sunday, 12 February 2012 17:30

Critique of Poor Reason

The ego uses reason poorly. The ego’s hidden agenda is always to flee from its own true Source. Thus, it employs a poor version of reason to create false ideas and construct defense mechanisms to protect its ignorance of its own real being from ever becoming unmasked—and transcended. This is a poor use of reason indeed.

This is all that can be expected of a false self. Once imagined, through the implantation of the I-thought and its gradually increasing attendant complex of signifiers, self-images, and signature emotions, the ego must keep its auto-illusion rolling along to avoid the fantasized catastrophe of ego death and depersonalization, which it depicts to itself as the ultimate dread, horrific lack, lostness, and abandonment in a barren void.

All such negative thought-forms are the real terrorist attacks, perpetrated on our entranced consciousness by the ego apparatus upon itself. These self-attacks, the false flag operations of the inner censor, originally a stimulus overload barrier grown out of control, can burgeon into full-blown anxiety attacks, which can then in turn bloom into psychosomatic symptoms and a morbid fear of both death and life. In fact, all psychopathology can be traced back to such auto-terrorism of the false self.

To counter this lethal tendency of the illusory ego, all that is required is a correct use of reason. A simple version of such reasoning might go as follows:

1.    All thoughts and emotions occur in consciousness.
2.    Consciousness therefore precedes thought and emotion.
3.    The real Self must be pure consciousness, free of thought and emotion.
4.    Thus, simply through the method of holding thoughts in abeyance, and abiding in inner silence, the Self will be self-revealed.

Once the presence of the Self is established by such appropriate employment of reason, the next step is simply to drop the instrument of reason, which has completed its work, and pick up the instrument of will, using it to command the thoughts to cease, while remaining focused on and as pure naked awareness. Self-realization will emerge naturally and easily, in no time at all. In fact, it will become clear that there is no time—but the Present.

The Self recognizes Itself as non-objective, self-luminous, blissful fullness. Once the Self is realized, the illusions of ego, world, suffering, time, space, and difference drop away forever. All apparent multiplicity is recognized as the manifestation of the One. All is the same radiant Self. You are That. You have always been only That. All is permeated by divine love. No suffering ever was. No thing ever was. The Self is eternally free, joyous, and boundless.

Namaste,

Shunyamurti
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