Most of us would answer the question with a "NO". Consider this situation. Let's say that you just spent $600 to have a fancy ice sculpture made for your sister's wedding reception as a surprise. It was a hot day and the group photos after the ceremony took a lot longer than planned. All of you [...]
Our egoic mind is always looking to label or identify what it is perceiving and put it in a category. There are usually only two buckets that our mind considers to place these items. Most of the time, they are labelled as: Good/Bad, Right/Wrong, Like/Dislike, etc. They are opposites and you are forced to pick [...]
This seems to be a question that we all tend to ask from time to time. We ask this question when we feel that we are trying really hard to communicate and the other person is clearly not seeing it from our perspective. Here a story that illustrates a scenario where it could be us [...]
This is a story that I made up several years ago to illustrate a couple of very interesting insights when people tend to disagree. Once a bird and a fish got into a big argument with a lot of yelling and screaming - neither could see the other point of view. They were arguing about [...]
I was surrounded by great views driving from Novato to Sacramento, CA on Friday through the beautiful San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and I began to sing, something that I don't normally do - especially with my own lyrics. Sounded like an Eric Clapton tune. The words were, "I want to be Happy, but [...]
Everytime I speak to an audience to introduce the concept of the thinking mind, I usually start with the question, "Do you have a voice in your head?" The answer in unison accompanied by chuckles is, "Voice or Voices?" We all tend to have a voice or voices in our heads that usually display the [...]
All my time and effort to simplify and communicate the distinction between the Core or Natural Self and the Egoic Self were well rewarded last week when my nine-year old daughter said with utmost clarity, "Presence is the key to all locked doors." Both my wife and I were speechless and just absorbed the words [...]
The psychologist Alison Gopnik believes “young children are actually more conscious, more vividly aware … than adults are.” What does your experience with children (or your own childhood) say about this? Does the ego play a role here?