Monday, January 6, 2020

on the wily nature of the ego

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of how we are conditioned influences so dramatically how I think and how I can so easily think that I am right and others are wrong when what is going on is simply the clash of two different collections of conditioning. It SEEMS so obvious that I am right and those who disagree with me are wrong. And for those with opposing perspectives, that they are right and I am wrong. 

Very recently I have become aware that even my ‘insight’ (and I do believe it is a valuable insight if I may say so :-) is also based on my conditioning and can create a mindset within me wherein, again, I am right and others who might not agree with me or not have ‘attained my high level on awareness’ are wrong. 

Somehow related, I am reminded of a talk given by a Tibetan rinpoche to a large collection of highly esteemed medical researchers and providers. This was about 20 years ago. At the end of his talk he rose to his feet and proclaimed without hesitation, “The trouble with you Westerners is you take yourselves way to seriously.” He then burst into laughter and walked off the stage. I smugly thought to myself, “this man is so awesomely spot on!” 

It has taken me 20 years to finally see he was also talking about me!

Ahhh, the humorous and ironically pesky and persistent nature of the ego. 

Ahhh, the equally persistent call to return to the true knowing of the present moment. 

Beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing
There is a field
I will meet you there. 

Ahhh, the poetry of Rumi.