Losing the Ego: the Awakening by Alan Watts *and Mooji
A totally borrowed words from Alan Watts and a wonderful, 10 min video on the importance of losing the Ego. Thought the subject of ego in our lives and its real nature and how it affects our every day life is so important that I shared it not only on facebook, where I usually share “what’s on my mind” or what inspires me at given moment (so please subscribe to stay up to date if you wish) but will actually copy paste it into a post. Hope this will help you understand the phenomenon of ego itself in its existence while understanding that ego is a phantom kind, an illusion of the mind…so how can it exist in the first place..? See what about ego have to say : Alan Watts, Mooji and Matt Kahn.
“To borrow an old Chinese saying, that when the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way. In other words, there’s something wrong with the way that we think, and while that is there, everything we do will be a mess. Now what is it that’s wrong? Now as far as I can see, the basic mistake is that we’ve invented this wonderful system of language and calculation and that it is at once too simple to deal with the complexity of the world, and also we are liable to confuse that system of symbols with the world itself, just as say we confuse money with wealth. A lot of people are in business to make money itself, when they make the money they don’t know what to do with it. And so in the same way, we confuse happiness with status, and we confuse ourselves as living organisms, which are one with this whole universe, with something we call our personality. Now what is our personality? Our personality is what we call our image. Our image of ourselves, and also our thought of ourselves, our idea of ourselves. This is the person. In order words, what people meet and understand, and what I understand as Alan Watts is a big act, which is not really me. Because in the image of Alan Watts, there are not all my unconscious processes, both psychological and physical, the construction of my brain is not contained in the concept Alan Watts, and the concept Alan Watts does not contain the inseparable relationship with all the rest of the universe, and therefore that concept is a fraud! When it’s mistaken for the real me, there’s a confusion because if someone says Alan Watts, do something about it! The concept Alan Watts can’t do anything! In other words, because it’s only a concept, you can’t make it lift a weight. Just as three is a concept, you can’t make plain three do anything. Just as you can’t wrap up all parcels with the equator – it’s a useful imaginary line but it can’t do anything.
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