“The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.” ~Eckhart Tolle There resides in all of us an actor, and an observer who has awareness of what we are doing, and how we are interacting with the world around us.
Who is controlling your awareness?
The actor takes actions to guide our destiny, these decisions are based on our Samskaras, and our belief systems.
The awareness within us is seldom in charge of our actions. Many prefer to identify with the part of us governed by our five physical senses. We allow this limited part of us to give us an accurate view of the world around us, but if we chose to guide our awareness from within we would have a completely different understanding.
Do you remember your first kiss?
“The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.” ~Eckhart Tolle
There resides in all of us an actor, and an observer who has awareness of what we are doing, and how we are interacting with the world around us.
My first job was working in a Ponderosa restaurant bussing tables and washing dishes for fifteen cents an hour over minimum wage. I started working there shortly after I got out of high school. It was a sloppy job, I went home smelling like garbage most nights.
I remember whomever was in charge of buying the drinking glasses was much more focused on cost than quality.
These glasses had the habit of exploding after we removed them from a hot dishwasher, and placed them in a plastic rack that held two dozen glasses for easy transport to the cashier area for customer use.
It is human nature to allow our emotions to guide our thinking and determine our awareness. We must rise above that which we believe is our true reality and embrace the awareness of our true selves.
All too often we allow our memories, samskaras, and our interpretation of the life experiences of others, and how we would react if we found ourselves in a similar scenario to guide our thinking.
Yes, as amusing as it is to the observer within us, we not only react in a negative hostile manner to experiences from our life choices, but we also adapt our own awareness of the experiences of other people and allow ourselves to react equally as hostile to situations and life experiences that didn’t even involve us.
How is that for an anomaly?
If we are ignorant of Buddha’s teachings, of Anatta no-self, and of the impermanence of all things, than directing our awareness inward will be more challenging.
Do not let outside forces determine your reactions. These reactions (samskaras) will determine your future not only in this lifetime, but the next lifetime as well.
Do not let the behavior of others disrupt your inner peace. The only answers are within.
Who is controlling your thought process? Is it you, or is someone else determining your awareness?
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