We berate ourselves for the content of the mind, for the anger and doubt, for the fear and loathing. And it is this very act of judgment of the mind, that causes us to feel separate from ourselves and all else. It is constantly rating us on our behavior and participation, and seldom disappears long enough for us to merge with our experience, to become one with life.
Our models, our ideas of who we are and how the world is supposed to be, create a cage. Each concept becomes a bar that blocks our perception of truth. Each idea of how things are limits our ability to experience them as they really may be. We can't go beyond our idea of the world to actually touch the world. When we move beyond our models and ideas, we feel threatened and defensive. Confronting some reality which opposes our self-image, our sureness confuses and upsets us. We don't know who we are because we think of ourselves as ideas and old models. The world is constantly confronting us with the truth. We are constantly withdrawing. Our experience is pain."
Excerpt from Stephen Levine's Who Dies?
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