Mistaken Identity is the 'I' disease - those afflicted see separation where there is none.
is more than the fact that we think that we are a separate, localized
"Enlightenment is the sudden recognition that non-duality is, has always been, and will always be the reality of our experience. Duality is an illusion. Consciousness is not private and personal, but impersonal, universal, and eternal. There is no limited personal entity, no conscious ego. The ego is a perceived object, not the all perceiving awareness." ~ Francis Lucille
Imagine how conflict ridden and struggle-some your life would be if an impostor acted in your place in every situation, even your dreams. This is the case with the impostor, mistaken identity, as what comes out of mistaken identity is not pure actions – its activity is re-actions. The reason why this is the case is easily seen when you understand that the impostor, mistaken identity, is a mental creation as thinking that happens after the actual moment of perceiving and disfigures it.
"The notion that all these fragments is separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it." ~ David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980
Mistaken Identity is Awareness in the form of the Id-entity (commonly called the ego). The substance of this form is knowledge, memory, and experience. The mistake is believing and behaving as if this mentally generated form of Awareness, this impostor, is your true nature.
Learning to perceive ourselves as an object is the real fall of man - in other words Mistaken Identity is the fundamental problem. All other problems and conflicts arise out of it.
"All human problems arise from this extraordinarily complex, living center which is the 'me', and a man who would uncover its subtle ways has to be negatively aware, choicelessly observant." ~ J. Krishnamurti Collected Works, Vol. XIII - 202
This problem is so huge because it is an idea and any idea or mental concept of a thing is functionally useful yet it is not the thing itself. This means that action that is based on the idea of a thing is action that does not directly involve the thing itself and, although it may be wonderfully creative, such action conflicts with Truth. In other words whenever people who are inflicted with this problem interact they do not meet in Truth because what meets is their ideas of themselves and each other, and, the same interaction of ideas takes place whenever a person acting under the influence of mistaken identity interacts with what he or she calls my body, fear, happiness, relationship, etc.
The fact that mistaken identity as separate entities is the understanding that the vast majority of people have of life together with the brutal consequences of this falsehood is not just some theory or speculation - this is the Truth. It is not something that requires belief as it is self-evident that the history of humanity is war, conflict and brutality that is based on the false fundamental idea of separation.
There is a Solution to this problem that includes things like the role of the mind in causing the problem, how the mind is part of the solution (the mind is a great servant and a poor master) and how yoga can be used to reveal the mistake at the body level of feeling-sensing and the global level of perceiving... in short the clarity of being aware of the problem at all levels is the solution.
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