Sorry its a bit windy! :)
We are all born into unconditional love but then we learn to become conditioned, by our parents and teachers etc
We create a ego, a false identity, a set of beliefs, for example...
I am British, I am white, I am a skateboarder, I like dubstep...
None of this is true as none of this is YOU. You are consciousness, you are the awareness. You are not yur thought forms.
If you identify yourself as your thoughts and ideas then you have created an ego. The ego is an imaginary identity. The actor.
It is not nessacerily negative, it is in fact essential, if I want to make breakfast I need to et my ego start its work otherwise I wud be like a baby and struggeling to peform every single action, I'd struggle to even make some toast!
The problems arise though when we forget that we are not the ego. When we believe we are the thought forms then we become them and negativity always arises from this.
If we do not pay awareness to our thoughts they go into trails one after the other.
One of the most freeing things is to realise all human beings have this and are going through it. You are not insane. You are learning to control your mind. Become aware, witness your thoughts as they arise.
Witness the thought that arises after dinner, it says "I want a cigarrette, a smoke" but you have deicded to quit! So it is not true! It is not you true self so do not identify with it. You are not the smoker, you are the awareness or the consciousnes.
You can choose to simply observe the thought and do not smoke the cigar. Allow the thoughts to pass. Try this for a few weeks and suddenly you realise you don't even get the thought to smoke after dinner any more! Make this your practice for whatever change you want to make. What ever thought trails that are creating negativity in your life.
Do not fight your thought or become angered if you fall back and smoke one. Just try again next time, this is the practice. Become the observer, know your true self is the witness NOT the smoker. You can learn not to identify yourself as thoughts because you are not them, you are not the ego. The ego is more a tool you can learn to tame and use!
Beliefs are powerful things. Some people belief so much in their culture for example they are willing to commit acts of violence based upon these complex thought forms and ultimately they are identifying with their culture. The clue is in the word CULTure.
Don't forget who you are. We are all born into this world as awareness pure unconditional love and you still are. Maybe you use a mushroom ego death or meditation to remember but you don't need those. All you need to know is who you really are. remember that you are your true self and only belief can block you.
The more we practice meditation, the coser to our higherr self or the source, unconditional love - we become!
Edited by ParadigmShift, 07 April 2018 - 12:59 AM.