Could it be that the main requirement of the spiritual journey, regardless of which path we may be on, is the dissolution of the ego—the separate self or the “I” that our lives seem to revolve around? But how can this be done? How can we overcome concepts such as my life, my family, my job, my beliefs, my home, my possessions, etc., and on and on and on?
Spiritual Teacher, David Hawkins says we must refuse to identify with the ego as it is not who we are. But how do we do that? He tells us to stop thinking! In “Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self,” David Hawkins points out that 99% of thoughts are just plain boring and platitudinous. That is interesting and, if one watches one’s thoughts—that incessant mental chatter—it is quite obvious that most of them are boring and inconsequential. But the ego clings on to thinking, talking and doing because its survival depends on us maintaining our sense of “I.”
So how do we stop thinking? David Hawkins states, on page 104 of the book just mentioned: “With sharp focus, it becomes apparent that thoughts can be relinquished earlier and earlier in the process of their emergence and formation. With relinquishment of their entertainment value, they will slowly disappear as recognizable forms and subside to just being a transitory urge to think.”
So it seems that self-observation and mind-watching are key elements in overcoming the ego. We must refuse to allow ourselves to be entertained by our thoughts. As soon as we notice a thought arise we need to say “stop” to our mind. And as David Hawkins points out on page 67: “It is a relief to let the mind become silent and just “be” with surroundings.” It is indeed, and it is easier to just “be” if one is in a place of natural beauty where the sights and sounds of our busy world seem to have temporarily faded away to nothingness.”
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