i think therefore i am not

Today we ask that you let go of your attachment to thinking.

This, for many, is an absurd notion.  How can you let go of thinking?  What would you be without thought?  Some sort of drooling vegetable.

“I think, therefore I am” — that is the belief.

But what this really means is: “I think, therefore I am my ego identity.”

Your ego identity is what you think of as “You.”  Your name, your age, your gender, your socioeconomic status, your religion or non-religion, your relationships, your likes and dislikes, your resume, your problems — taken together, this makes up your ego identity.

And your thoughts are the glue that holds this identity together.  

If you woke up tomorrow with a severe case of amnesia, and no longer remembered your identity, who would you be?

You would still be you.  There is an intrinsic You-ness that would continue, even if you forgot who you were.

This intrinsic You, this underlying You, exists independently, beneath your accumulated ego identity.  It is the You that you came in with when you were born, and it is the You that will persist after your physical death.

That You does not think, in the way that you think about thinking.

It does not analyze, or cogitate.

Rather, it is.  It observes.  

When you quiet down the thinking mind, this underlying self becomes more accessible.  In stillness.  In silence.

From that place arises flashes of insight.  Insight is not “thinking.”  It does not come through cogitation, calculation, or analysis.  Insight arises from a deeper place.  It is the “a-ha” moment.  It is perception.  It is not thought.

The less you think, the more you perceive.

The less stuck you are in your ego identity, the more aligned you are with your true self.

And here is a truth:

Whenever someone insists they really know something, that is a sign that you should not believe them.

When someone admits how little they know, or says they don’t know for sure or don’t know at all — that is the person to believe, and trust.  

That applies to the thoughts inside your head.

When a thought claims it really knows something — don’t believe it.

When you are in a state of open not-knowing, that is when you can really trust your own mind.

It may seem counterintuitive, but it is true.