” A new earth ” – reading notes

You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.

They realize that how spiritual you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness. This, in turn, determines how you act in the world and interact with others.

Responding to a radical crisis that threatens our very survival this is humanitys challenge now. The dysfunction of the egoic human mind, recognized already more than 2,500 years ago by the ancient wisdom teachers and now magnified through science and technology, is for the first time …

When you live in a world deadened by mental abstraction, you dont sense the aliveness of the universe anymore. Most people dont inhabit a living reality, but a conceptualized one.

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.

Is it wrong then to be proud of ones possessions or to feel resentful toward people to have more than you? Not at all. That sense of pride, of needing to stand out, the apparent enhancement of ones self through more than and diminishment through less than is neither right nor wrong it is
the ego.

The ego isnt wrong; its just unconscious. When you observe the ego in yourself, you are beginning to go beyond it. Dont take the ego too seriously. When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile. At times you may even laugh.

know that the ego isnt personal. It isnt who you are. If you consider the ego to be your personal problem, thats just more ego.

It took almost three hundred years before another famous philosopher saw something in that statement that Descartes, as well as everybody else, had overlooked. His name was Jean?Paul Sartre. He looked at Descartes’s statement I think, therefore I am very deeply and suddenly realized, in his own words, The consciousness that says ‘I am’ is not the consciousness that thinks. What did he mean by that? When you are aware that you are thinking, that awareness is not part of thinking. It is a different dimension of consciousness. And it is that awareness that says I am. If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming.

Every ego confuses opinions and viewpoints with facts. Furthermore, it cannot tell the differences between an event and its reaction to that event. Every ego is a master of selective perception and distorted interpretation. Only through awareness not through thinking can you differentiate between fact and opinion. Only through awareness are you able to see: There is the situation and here is the anger I feel about it, and then realize there are other ways of approaching the situation, other ways of seeing it and dealing with it. Only through awareness can you see th totality of the situation or person instead of adopting one limited perspective.

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