intellectually-oriented soul must first discover that his intellect cannot
solve his problems. You see, although he may indeed recognize his problem, his
ego tries to make that knowledge effect a cure. For example, such a person
knows intellectually that smoking is harmful. So he tries to stop himself from
smoking, which, of course, he is unable to do. He then learns that he cannot
command the effect he wants and tells himself, "I will wait until the
smoking gives me up” but these words merely give him a license to smoke even
the process of the ego-verbalized realization or recognition blocks the path
of Light to the aware self, it is a source of terrible confusion until you
fully understand what is occurring. All you need is objective realization, nothing
more! You must acquire the ability to observe everything with the non-verbal
kind of knowing that comes to you through doing the meditation exercise.
me to emphasize this point. Suppose that you are sleepwalking and you awaken to
find yourself poised on the edge of a cliff. Shouldn't the realization of
danger be sufficient to spur you to take some evasive action? It isn't for some
people. They take to thought and their ego steps in and causes panic.
Functioning through their intellects, their egos are cut off from realizing and
they cannot deal with the situation calmly and sensibly. Such a person
invariably overreacts and loses his balance.
always evoke anxiety by taking to thought, which precedes an act of will—the
evidence of the ego at work. How often have you awakened in the morning,
feeling as if you were standing on the edge of a precipice and taking thought
about the day, experienced fear and panic?
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