There is a system behind life, it’s really simple. We have access to wisdom within all of us. Our well being isn’t dependent on anything outside of us. Our thoughts come and go and they fluctuate, we don’t need to pay attention to them. Our consciousness, which is our understanding, goes up and down. The more we understand, the less frustrated we are. When there’s a lack of understanding ie when we don’t know why a person is behaving the way they do, then we feel the need to defend ourselves.
As our understanding grows we understand where people are coming from. We can see that they think their circumstances are causing them to feel the way they do. When we see that, it brings compassion rather than judging people for being in a bad place. We have compassion and understanding why their experience is happening that way. Now there’s a light that’s being shone not just on your own but on other people’s experience too. A light of awareness. The only thing that covers up that light is personal thinking, that identification with who we think we are, which essentially is our ego.
Ego is thought that we hold true about ourselves, thought that we hold as a position and interact from in the world. If we find people that are similar to us we are fine, and if we interact with people that are different to us, we get into conflict. However that position was only made up through thought in the first place, so who is the person other than those thoughts?
Who am I? Am I my age, my colour? Am I what I do at work? No, so who am I? Everything that I can say about me, my name, my relationships, my family, who I socialise with, that’s not essentially me. If you stripped away where you were born, and what language you spoke, we’d all be the same. That’s really powerful.
The only time when we’re not the same is when we believe our belief systems. Belief systems are just thoughts that people have taken through time. As a society we have belief systems that are so ingrained in our culture that we don’t see them as thought. When we see someone eating with their hands, we might think that’s strange, but that’s just been ingrained in their social upbringing. It’s just thought, believed and carried through time.