The activity of thought is to interpret that which the senses take in by dividing the impressions into relative elements. This is done to better leverage one element against the other, for physical survival or the continuity of the genetic material.
All that is personal appears and disappears. What is not yet fully clear is that what is perceived is a self-generated world, a mirage. Once you have seen the mirage to be mirage, only one with weak conviction will continue to go to it to quench their thirst.
This relative point of view begins with the arising of self consciousness. Prior to that, all phenomena were registered. None were categorized, labeled or compared. With self consciousness, everything that is taken in is weighed against how it relates to “me”. This is seeing from a fabricated center. In this fashion, you impart your reality to whatever you perceive.
The world you think of is in your own mind.
The brain’s response to a conjured image is initially the same as its response to the real thing. Unless contradictory evidence is presented, the imagined is taken to be real. We construct our world out of memory and imagination and thereby become confused.
Confusion is the conflict between a fact and what we believe is a fact. An action that is rooted in confusion must, by necessity, perpetuate the confusion.It should be obvious, therefore, that in the absence of a point of view, a referential center, facts can be seen clearly.
In that absence, there can be no confusion between what you are and what you appear to be.
We clearly see that we are much closer to “human becomings” than we are to “human beings”. Being has no agenda, no intended outcome. It is passive whereas becoming is all about actions to provide outcomes.
So much of our conditioning takes the form of self-improvement, which is really the perpetuation of the “me”, in different forms. Essentially it is the continuance of the “me” as a new and improved, a refined, “me”.