May 18, 2019
Imagine that while looking silently in the mirror, your reflection began speaking to you. How confusing that would be!
What questions might you wonder regarding this bizarre occurrence? Perhaps, “How is this reflection appearing to speak to me, while my mouth is not moving at all?” Because of this glaring contradiction, it would likely be recognized as a hallucination, that it’s not actually happening anywhere but in the mind.
Is this not what’s also happening with thoughts? Thoughts are appearing to speak, as if they are a real bonafide individual, while you silently observe them appear. But this is happening only in the mind, there is no one actually there speaking to you. If this isn’t clearly understood, it won’t be recognized as a hallucination, and will likely be assumed that there is someone there, an ‘I’, who is speaking this mental narrative.
With this mistaken assumption, it’s far too easy to confuse yourself as being this assumed person, this ‘I’, who appears to be thinking self referencing thoughts, who has a whole story regarding themselves and the world which they believe themselves to exist within. However, you are not your thoughts, nor the thinker of them, but that which remains silently present and aware of their arising, appearance, and eventual passing.