disappearing the believer

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Do you exist apart from the stories you believe about yourself?

I found I cannot claim existence apart from the beliefs I buy into.  I found that just as the thinker is the thought, the believer is the belief.

The evidence for solid, separate existence is compelling – and true, relatively-speaking.  It’s just that we forget we aren’t separate from our beliefs; we believe we ‘own them.’  But the owner-thing turns out to be … another belief!

Unless we’ve acknowledged and questioned our beliefs – including the ‘real me’ one – we tend to think they are non-negotiable and rock-solid.  However, we cannot unstitch a belief without simultaneously disappearing the believer.

Perhaps that’s why it’s such a touchy business to enter into dialogue or self-inquiry about our non-negotiable beliefs and assumptions.  Yet on the other side of the terror of self-extinction lies the peace that we seek – the peace that passeth all understanding.

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