The Ego at all times strives to achieve something. The mind creates a mental image, an ideal about it. An ideal means that you are still not what you are supposed to be.
The Ego projects that idealized image into the future, and reveals the way leading to the goal. That image generates a permanent stress, tension and anxiety in the life of the spiritual seeker. If the spiritual seeker achieves the desired goal, or abandons it as unattainable, immediately finds a new one, an even more ambitious, or one that is easier to achieve, and another one, and so it goes until death, or the moment when the spiritual seeker realizes the futility of the whole process.
We are therefore constantly on the road, straying from one mental image to the next, and identify with these images, and derive our identity from the images.
When we start dealing with spirituality, our mind creates an image that we need to implement if we are determined to be successful. The image means that we need to find Presence, through the way the mind imagines it. The essence of this ideal is to be permanently conscious, to be Present all the time, in all details of our life.
The Ego, is however, aware that for most people it is an impossible venture, so the spiritual seeker often has a sense of self-accusation and self-depreciation, as the ideal image is impossible to achieve (the spiritual seeker is not spiritual enough).
In the course of our Journey we need to realize that we do not need to become anything, because we are already in possession of the characteristics that we have been looking for so far, pursuing an image projected into the future. All we need to do is shift our focus of alert and conscious attention from the edge (Ego) to our center (witnessing Presence). The mind games impede us in that process!
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