Eckhart Tolle’s quote for the morning: “Whenever there is negativity in you, if you can be aware at that moment that there is something in your that takes pleasure in it or believes it has a useful purpose, you are becoming aware of the ego directly. The moment this happens your identity has shifted from the ego to awareness. This means the ego is shrinking and awareness is growing.”
The Ego is like a battery with a positive (pleasure) and negative pole. Unless we see both poles at once, there is no energy to light your life. Awareness is One Seeing; Ego is a mind split, a one that is two, and the two don’t talk to each other because one is conscious and the other side is unconscious. Thus the secret or unconscious pleasure in pain. Catching the Ego’s hand in the cookie jar by switching on the light of awareness shrinks the Ego by shifting your center from Ego’s constant reenactment of its civil war to Awareness or whole mind.
Karma or Ground Hog Day is the Ego’s unsuccessful attempt to end its civil war by kicking the war into the future, where it is reenacted in a different uniform so one doesn’t see the vicious cycle.
The truth of Noah’s ark is that everything comes in pairs. The truth of Quantum Mechanics is that everything is both particle and wave. There are two ways of looking at a pair. One you have two things that are mutually dependent. Or you have a wave that has a crest and a valley, or a pair of poles, a positive and negative. Is this “pair” a verb, a moving wave, or a pair of static nouns, which we can see. You can see a pair of nouns, but you can’t see the pair in a wave because we can only see one moment of the wave at a time, either the top or the bottom or in-between. But the waves forward movement is generated by its opposite poles, each moving against the other to restore the ocean to its Oneness.
The Ego is driving forward as time, in time by the contradictory yet mutually dependent poles of pleasure and pain, positive and negative. The Ego tries, is driven to restore Oneness through a civil war of the Two. The Ego can be conscious of only one pole at a time, so whichever pole you are conscious of, the other pole is unconscious. This is the Horn of Dilemma that keeps the. Ego tumor growing.
In the movie Life of Pi, when Pi left the Carnivorous Island he said what the island gave during the day it took away at night. This is a metaphor for Pi seeing the duality of the Ego’s world where one hand is doing positive and the other hand is doing negative, where one is caught in the double-bind of conflicting intentions, one conscious, the other unconscious. This double-bonding tension creates the vicious circle of a mind eating itself in order to restore wholeness. The ouroboros….