The delusion of the separate self. Edinburgh artist Mike Heseltine.

The delusion of the separate self
by Edinburgh artist Mike Heseltine.

I feel I have a 'self' that is fixed and unchanging. It is 'me'. But I am made up of parts that are constantly changing and this 'me' that I identify with, are just thoughts, feelings and perceptions, whose very nature are fleeting and impermanent. Everything is constantly in a state of change and everything is in harmony with everything else. I am not separate from this continual flow of impermanence, but part of it.
My existence is dependent upon everything else existing as it is in this moment. On the surface, the purpose of the delusion of a separate self is to help me navigate the world. It helps me function and stay alive. But when I take this dilusion too seriously, it leads to suffering. I become attached to things and wish them to remain permanent.
If I can also be aware that a sense of self is a delusion, then I become aware of the interdependence of all things and the oneness of all things.
In that awareness of 'no self', we all live forever.

"When… you step out of the content of your mind...the incessant stream of thinking slows down. Thoughts don’t absorb all your attention anymore, don’t draw you in totally. Gaps arise in between thoughts – spaciousness, stillness. You begin to realise how much vaster and deeper you are than your thoughts"
- Eckhart Tolle

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