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Lotus Effect: Identity Detox

Identity Giveaway

Identity theft is when someone identifies themselves as you and steals your resources. Identity giveaway is when you identify as someone else and surrender your sense of individuality and uniqueness.

All identification with the external is a giveaway of your essence.

Identity giveaway begins with social comparisons and peaks with social imitation.

The word “identity” comes from the Latin word idem, which means “same.” Identity is built through identification with the external, with what you are not....
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Lotus Effect: Identity Detox

Formless Awareness

Form is structure.

Thus, form binds.

Ego is form, an informational structure, an info-form.

Thus, ego binds.

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You are not form, you are that which is in the process of formation.

What is that?

A life-force, conscious matter.

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To drop ego, drop form.

Drop your view of self.

Self-esteem, self-worth, self-concept - drop all that, if only for a moment.

Just like tools in a tool belt, these mind-forms help you out but also drag you down.

Drop your self-view, let go of...
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An Evolving Text of Self

Mind is a living, evolving, self-correcting, self-editing, self-serving text of survival.

What you say to yourself matters.  And what you don't say to yourself matters too.

But, as important as this self-narrative is, we are not it: we are not this mind.

This mind, this narrative is...
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Vedic Psychology 101

You are not this body.

That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much.

Here's Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly:
"I am this body." This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all other mistakes. We are not these bodies. This perception is the first in self-realization and is the basis of all yoga. It is this...
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Enduring Identity of Am-ness

We are not things. We look like things but we are not things. I can bump into a table, I can bump into you as if you were a thing out there, an

But we are not things.

When you walk into a river, you bump against a current as if this current were a thing. This current is always there - it was there yesterday when you went in for a swim and it is...
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The Ego-Self: Identification, Information, Impermanence

Ego is not an anatomical structure. It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray. Ego is an informational structure. That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.” “The I” is “the information” that you have about you.

The ego-based view of the self is as unstable as a table on three legs. There are three issues with ego...
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Glass Fully Empty

People talk about seeing the glass as half full (optimism) or half empty (pessimism).  What about seeing glass as is (realism)?

Is the glass half full or half empty? Neither. The glass just is. It has nothing to do with ether the quality or quantity...
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Sensitive? Not a problem.

Sensitivity - I realized - is wound-ability.

(I know it's a strange word.  Is that even a word?  It is right now.  After all, language is at our service.)

If you weren't easily wounded, you wouldn't be sensitive.  Stones don't feel which is why they don't cry.  I am glad you are not a stone.  I am glad you feel.  I am glad you feel intensely.  Why?  Because there is a lot to feel.  And to feel...
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Waste Away

Mind is a perfectly fine thing to waste.  From a meditative standpoint, that is.  Indeed, mind comes, mind goes, recycling itself from one fleeting state to another.

Point is: mind wastes itself, leaving absolutely nothing of permanence to hold onto.

The real conservation question is: what remains?

Look into this cosmic mystery that you are.

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I, a Process

Understand:

You are not a thing, you are a process.

You are not a fixed entity, you are change itself.

You both are and aren't.

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Related: Processual View of Self either in Present Perfect (Somov, 2010) or in Lotus Effect (Somov,...
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