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commented on Aug. 11, 2012
Mystics throughout history have advised that the path to liberation is self transcendence. Their message has been often been phrased to reflect that the separate self is an illusion to be transcended.
To insure clarity, the “separate self” is the experience of “me” or “I”.
In more recent times, Neuroscience is informing academia and followers of the academic world that the “I” or “me” is an illusion. Their proclamation includes the message that freewill is an illusion.
I’ve been informed that IONS will eventually be addressing the message of neuroscience and that it is particularly interested in the illusion of the separate self and self- transcendence.
For most humans, the separate self is their their sense of self. When told that their sense of self is an illusion, a common human characteristic may surface “fear of the unknown”.
Are you willing to consider the possibility that transcendence of the separate self is the path to mental and spiritual evolution and that fear is unwarranted?
Consider the following:
The separate self is a repository for beliefs and opinions about almost everything; it has beliefs relative to what is possible and impossible, rational and irrational, proper and improper. It has political, economic, religious, atheistic, agnostic beliefs and beliefs about science and justice etc. etc. Just about anything susceptible to cognition encounters the subtle or not so subtle judgment of the separate self.
It seems reasonable to conclude that when awareness is not filtered through the illusion of a separate self, there is no judgment. It may be more proper to say that to the degree awareness is not filtered through the separate self, judgment is diluted. When there is no judgment, there is unconditional acceptance of individuals, events and situations.
Can you appreciate that awareness filtered through the judgments of the separate self is certainly not the experience of pure awareness?
The separate self cannot “know “or “experience” the nature of pure awareness because the separate self is the obstacle to pure awareness.
The separate self can only speculate on the nature of pure awareness.
I am writing this as a separate self and will therefore humbly offer my speculation on the nature of pure awareness:
The nature of awareness that is free from the judgment of the separate self resembles the serenity that accompanies the purest form of inner peace.