Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ego dissolution

Ego dissolution

the ego serves
but also causes our suffering..
ego's belief in separation
begins in childhood years
and if not observed for 
its strength and sorrows
remains..until death
do us part..
the happiness we all seek
is rooted in the inadequacy
of ego to satisfy..
longing in our life need be
recognized as the message
from a life without ego
known as grace..
psychedelics apparently  can
temporarily dissolve ego
allowing a glimpse
of our unseparated Self..

please give your attention
to what is known
as the direct path
which has the potential 
to recognize the ego
as illustrious illusion in
its believed independence..
without psychedelics
this simple path is available
this evening and always
a path which awaits
a simple recognition:
I am...

Michael Pollan on the medical advantage of psychedelics:

That I could survive the dissolution of my ego and its defenses was surely something to be grateful for, and we talked at length about this. What a remarkable gift: to learn that we can let go of so much — the desires, fears and defenses of a lifetime! — without suffering complete annihilation. This might not come as a surprise to Buddhists or serious meditators, but it was news to me, who had never felt anything but identical to my ego. Could it be that there is another ground on which to plant our feet? For the first time, I began to understand what the volunteers in the cancer-anxiety trials were telling me — how it was that a single psychedelic journey granted them a perspective from which the very worst life can throw at us could be regarded objectively and accepted with equanimity. I had been given a glimpse of that liberating perspective. 

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