"One method for bringing about bodhicitta, the
aspiration to attain highest
the sake of all sentient beings, is Exchanging Self for Others.
method we work at recognizing how dependent we are on others for all we have.
We contemplate how
the homes we live in, the clothes we wear, the roads we drive on, have all been
forged by the hard work of others.
So much work has gone into
providing us with the shirt we are wearing, from planting the cottonseed to
weaving the fabric and sewing the garment.
The slice of bread we eat had to be
baked by someone.
The wheat had to be planted by someone
else and, after irrigation and fertilization, had to be harvested and then
milled into flour.
This had to be kneaded into dough and then baked appropriately.
It would be impossible to count all the people involved in providing us
with a simple slice of bread. Even our personal virtues, such as our patience
and ethical sense, are all developed in dependence upon others.
this train of thought we come to recognize how dependent we are on others for
all we enjoy in life.
We must work at developing this recognition as we
go about our everyday lives." - Tenzin Gyatso
embodiment of an
of the same character throughout;
unique individual reflective consciousness
Self-control, seen as
supreme virtue to the Greeks,
lies at the foundation of Western civilization.
The Greeks were suspicious of
technical activity as it was seen as brute force that could spin out of
"The rejection of
technique was a deliberate,
positive activity involving self-mastery,
recognition of destiny, and
the application of a given conception of life. Only the most modest
techniques were permitted -
those which would respond to material needs in such a way that those needs
would not get the upper hand." - Jaques Ellul
Self is used in the formation of innumerable compounds, usually of
obvious signification, in most
of which it denotes either the agent or the object of action expressed by the
word with which it is joined:
self-assertiveness, self-assurance, self-avowed,
self-criticism, self-damaging, self-dealing,
erected, evolved and ejected, self-enforcing,
self-govern, self-harm, self-hate,
self-help, self-humiliation, self-identity,
self-imposed, self-improvement, self-inflation,
self-justification, self-knowledge, self-limitation,
self-worth, and many,
Ego consciousness or self-consciousness is
understanding what you believe you
know of reality is limited to your firsthand experiences and, secondhand, to
personal experiences that others share with you.
All that you believe
you are is your idea/concept/image of your self - your
To activate the process of psychic expansion
requires the dispersion of certain existing
structures and belief
Dispersion of ego
structures is necessary to free oneself from the bonds of acculturation -
ie. conditioning through
The dispersion of ego
structures has also been termed
ego death and
the attainment of the state of
conditioned by socially ingrained information which has shaped our
opinion of who we are, our
self-conceptualization, the conceptual idea/image of self that resides in our
conscious, our subconscious and our
people relate to reality through expanding circles of interlocked relationships
- self, mate, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community, state,
nation - with their own ego seeming to dwell at
the center of it all.
culturally inbred tendency, a paradoxical
mixture of truth and
illusion, is a phenomenon we must be able
to comprehend fully.
true that reality seems to expand outward from each individual ego's point of
reference, but it is an illusion to see that point of reference as the
center of the universe.
This is an illusion
not easily dispelled.
Self-centeredness is an
archaic trait, rooted in territorial animal impulses and ignorance of reality
beyond the tribal area of
tribes thought their
tribe was at the
center of the universe,
and they were the Chosen
Even today many people across the face of the Earth think
their ethnic group is somehow more unique, more special than others, or their
nation is superior in historical cultural richness, or their
brand of religion is the only
brand of religion worth
Projection stems from
Most people are
unaware of their negative traits, because they are subconsciously skilled in
Misers see themselves as stringently
Jealous people see themselves as being
justifiably protective, guarding against intrusion into what they consider
A selfish person thinks
in terms of realistically taking care of number one, projecting unworthiness
onto anyone in need of compassionate giving.
look in the mirror and see well deserved
Lust and sexual
exploitation are explained away by the perpetrator as the uninhibited
sexual adventures of a superior person not
obligated to common moral guidelines.
Sanctimonious religious people of
every sect, blind to their own
hypocrisy, see themselves as holier
than all the "sinners" around them.
Corporate executives and businessmen see
themselves as elite power holders with
no need to pay heed to the negative consequences befalling fellow humans due to their
blind to their own
shadows project their
repressed flaws and deceits onto targets they themsleves indentify with their
To withdraw projection is to acknowledge that many attributes
projected outward belong to oneself.
Self-knowledge or 'enlightenment' demands
and annihilation of delusions
can ignite the experience known as "ego death" and
To be able to perceive your
own ego from a more objective perspective, you have to become familiar with
areas and abilities of your mind that ordinary consciousness is only partially
aware of -
depths and selfless states of
a foundational aspect of self-knowledge.
Periodically pause to take
note of what you are thinking about, the
quality of your thoughts.
Useless fantasies, daydreams,
futile longings and
meaningless meandering change the direction and quality of most of your
The mental discipline of periodically saying "stop," and
observing your thoughts, can develop into an enriching practice to help you
gain a significant degree of mental control.
To bring about a change
from habitual energy wasting thought activity to constructive directed
consciousness is an essential element of the process of spiritual awakening.
The bottom line is the basic necessity of cultivating a state of
constant vigilance, so that one does not succumb to a delusion of awakening, or
escape into a traditional religious or theosophical belief system, or get snagged
into some ego enhancing cult, "-ism" or "ology."
A foundational element of
self-knowledge is to thoroughly know your positive and negative psychological
Positive traits are those which help you keep a grateful
commitment to the quest, despite hardship,
fear, or collective pressure.
Negative traits, those which may sway you
away from commitment, can be subtle and hard to detect, because they are often
seen in a positive light by the collective - vanity
perceived as justified
lust for prestige as
greed as necessary
"The path of self-knowledge is undertaken as a
way to arrive at authentic "gnosis tes
hodu", knowledge of God,
insight into the very soul of nature." - Lew
Paz, Pushing Ultimates
"Man will become better when you show him what he
- Anton Pavlovich
"Spiritual intelligence acquired in the process of
experiential self-exploration has the power to override the scientistic
worldview of materialistic
science while effectively acting as a remedy to counteract the dogmas of
organized religions." - Stanislav
The Tree Unaware of its State
A man cut down a tree one day.
A Sufi who saw
this taking place said:
'Look at this fresh branch which is full of
happy because it does not yet know that it has been cut
Ignorant of the damage which it has suffered it may be
but it will
know in due time. Meanwhile you cannot reason with it.'
This severance, this ignorance, these
are the state of man.
Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur
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