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There's an experience commonly referred to as "ego death" which people sometimes experience on psychedelics, in deep meditation etc which refers to the experience of no self; there's just sensory input and maybe some light mind flickerings without the sense of a separate self. /1
The thing is, the ego never actually goes away during these experiences, because it was never there to begin with. There is no solid thing to be found anywhere in experience that can be called an ego or a separate self; there's just thoughts, memories, sense impressions, etc. /2
In other words, there is no "ego" that can "die". What actually disappears during these experiences is your BELIEF in the separate self, the "me", the ego. It's the belief that dissipates, a belief in something that was only ever an illusion. /3
All the entheogen/meditation practice/whatever did was make it possible for you to see the reality of your actual experience; it didn't change anything about YOU, it just clarified your vision so you could see clearly what was always already the case. /4
The cool thing about this is it means you can learn to experience egolessness in your normal, everyday life, not just during special "mystical" moments, because it's just perceiving the reality of your experience as it is actually occuring. /5
It's just a matter of investigating your own experience and then re-training your perceptual habits to align with your findings. Look for the separate self. Really hunt it down. Leave no stone unturned within you. All you'll find is thought, sense impressions, feelings, etc. /6
Egolessness is not a matter of attaining some special state, it's a matter of training oneself out of an erroneous habit of perceiving. Most human organisms are simply misperceiving the reality of the raw data that's showing up on their screens, and we can just correct that. /7
So all you need to do is sincerely get curious about the reality of your everyday experience. Investigate the nature of perception, consciousness and self in your own experience and see the reality of egolessness. The truth is life is just happening without any separate "me". /8
Once you discover the reality of egolessness, you can learn to stop imbuing the imaginary separate self with the power of belief. All human suffering ultimately stems from this fundamental misperception. /9
This isn't something which requires any faith or trust in me or anyone else; it's simply a matter of investigating your own experience, seeing through the illusion, and then ceasing to place belief in that illusion. It needn't be difficult or prolonged.…
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