Melanie says that the small self is on a stationary bike, telling us we are moving, going somewhere. We are going nowhere. We are just pedaling.
The small self is a soup of vibrations. It has no real existence, but we keep those vibrations going. We can’t still those vibrations until we feel them. And most of the time we don’t feel them. We are not conscious of them; we just think we’re being who we are. “I am just being myself.” In order to dissolve …
The small self is both a perceiver and an object at different times. The true Self is only a perceiver, never an object.
When we become conscious of a vibration as something separate from us, only then do we have the choice to renounce it.
Don’t let Deception, Unconsciousness and Misery inform your life and actions. Still the small self and you will uncover Truth, Consciousness and Bliss. Then the True Self will inform your life and actions.
We need to practice the containment of the small self, not the contentment of the small self.
The small self’s nature is deception, unconsciousness, and misery. Our True Nature is Sat-Cit-Ananda: Truth, Consciousness and Bliss. Truth, Consciousness and Bliss are the solution to our condition. By practicing Truth, Consciousness and Bliss as opposed to deception, unconsciousness and misery, we uncover our True Nature and dissolve the small self. Sat-Cit-Ananda is both the goal and the process.
If you are disturbed, if there is mental pain, dispair, or nervousness, it is a clue that you have a distracted mind. Don’t judge your experience, but neither should you “try to be okay with it.” That would be just numbing, and would perpetuate the problem. Once you have recognized where you really are, you must go through the steps …
Don’t let your lower self do your sadhana.
We are actors, not the parts we play.