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The Nature of our Mind - 3
« on: April 11, 2009, 06:28:35 PM »
Michael James continues....

Just as on analysis our mind can thus be resolved into being in essence only this fundamental thought "I", so on further analysis
this fundamental thought "I" can be resolved into being in essence
only consciousness.  Because it knows other thoughts, this thought
"I" is a form of consciousness, but because it is formed only by
feeling "I am such-and-such a person,"  and because it loses its
separate form in deep-sleep, when it ceases to feel thus, it is not
our permanent and real form of consciousness, "I am".

In religious terminology, our limited individual consciousness --
"I am the body" is what is called our 'soul', whereas our unlimtied
fundalmental consciousness "I AM" is what is called our "Spirit",
our 'heart' or the 'core of our soul'.  The popular belief that our whole self is a compound of these three elements, our body, our soul and our Spirit, is rooted in our wrong identification of ourself with a particular body.  Though we know ourself to be one, because of our mistaken identification of ourself with a body, we wrongly imagine
ourself to be all these three different things.  "This notion of ours is
logically absurd, because since we are one, how can three quite different things be ourself?

(Source: Michael James in Happiness and the Art of Being.)

Arunachala Siva.