“What really matters is not what function you fulfill in the world, but whether you identify with your function to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role that you play. When you play roles, you are unconscious. When you catch yourself playing a role, that recognition creates a space between you and the role.” Ekchart Tolle (from The Power of Now)
A popular book in the 60s was Games People Play. I like the word Patterns because a pattern is like a algebraic formula that one fills in the the content of the present moment. We can’t see the formula because we are decided by the novelty of the present moment. This can’t be a pattern, we think because it is a brand new moment in time.
The only way to see a pattern is to connect dots and infer from the connected dots a larger picture. The more dots, the more certain the picture. With just a few dots, we often leap to premature conclusions and invent patterns or conspiracies. Nevertheless, there is a pattern behind every movement. Otherwise, everything would be random events and there would be no continuity. That would be like having Alzheimers.
So we really can’t do away with patterns, but we can make then transparent to the transcendent, or the dynamic unity that is always creating itself in the present moment. An unconscious pattern avoids that dynamic unity because the pattern holds our sense of a permanent self in place. When the pattern becomes transparent, so does our Ego. We are then liberated to dance.