Sep 29, 2019
The word ‘I’ is used to reference oneself, but the one referencing is obviously not themselves an idea. The word ‘I’ is only a concept, and one doesn’t need to refer to a concept, in order to be as they are. Does a dog need to know the word ‘dog’, in order to be what it is? Or a tree need to know the word ‘tree’? Of course not. Neither do we need the word ‘I’, in order to be what we are.
Once this word is accepted as describing oneself, then the definition of ‘I’ can be altered to mean anything at all. Once this I-idea is modified, that symbol is no longer serving to point at you, but now towards a fabricated concept, to a developed self-image or story, rather than your actual self, the thing which this word was originally intending to point. This is where all the trouble in the mind arises, from attempting to conceptualize what you are, and then believing yourself to be the developed concept.
Liberation, awakening, enlightenment, all this hoopla is basically just about realizing this very basic error, that we are not a definition. We were never an ‘I’, and the story built upon it never had anything to do with who we truly are. We exist prior to description, and therefore any description/self-image/story is only a concept, and not what we actually are.