Who is it who knows the ego is an illusion

This post was written by DoctorJay on July 3, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles,philosophy

A Course in Miracles and all other mystical systems I know of talks about the ego (normal conscious awareness that we associate with – that’s to say “I”).

So then I write, “I know that I do not exist.”

The sentence is nonsensical in English as is the phrase, “Life after death.”

Yet we understand the latter and anyone who has had a mystical experience will know what we mean when we say that I know that I’m not. This goes directly against the Cartesian cogito where René Descartes said, “cogito ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am).

The few times that I have had a mystical experience I (the normal daily I) ceased to exist and I was at one with the all.

I knew that I was an illusion and yet there is always an observer which knows that the ego does not have an independent existence. When you dream all sorts of weird things may happen an yet there is always an observer. So long as you have any consciousness, this observer I exists and on some level you are aware of the existence of this observer.

It is this real non-judging non-acting I is the one which wakes up and you associate with when you awaken (become a Buddha) and enlightened.  This observer I is the I which knows the ego is illusory…

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