Am I in the center of the world?
Question from the Internet:
“I am the center of the world. Who am I?”
Yes, with our inherently egocentric, subjective, and individualistic consciousness and perception of reality, we feel in the center of the world. We feel that the whole world is there only to serve us.
Instinctively, we act like a black hole that draws everything towards itself, distorts “space and time,” and is interested only in whatever can give one more pleasure and lessen one’s pain and suffering.
By default, we associate ourselves with this insatiable, self-serving, and self-justifying ego that exists at the expense of everything and everybody else.
But our “true self” is not the same as this ego.
We have the chance, opportunity, and obligation to recognize, separate, and purify our “human self” so it exists independent of the ego, sensing and understanding reality objectively, as it is, without any inherently egocentric or subjective bias.
Instead of feeling ourselves in the center of the Universe, where everything revolves around us, and we draw everything selfishly towards us, we can feel ourselves permeating the whole reality equally, selflessly, and without any resistance. We can enter a “total” perception of reality above and independent of time or space, freely roaming the system without causing any harm or even a ripple.
Then “I” become the whole world, the whole Universe. This is similar to sensing my “body” as a whole system with my consciousness instead of sensing me on the level of one of my biological cells. But this time, we can achieve the same jump in consciousness on a cosmic level.
In order to separate ourselves from the restrictive shell of the ego, we have to go through a special separating filter that allows only a totally selfless and pure “observer self,” the “Human” in us, to pass through.
This can practically unfold in a unique, purposeful, and practical environment where we practice existing and acting for the sake of others, according to the desires and viewpoints of others to such an extent that we “forget” about our own egocentric and subjective existence completely, as we dissolve into the others.
This is something we can learn and practice here and now.