“When you know yourself, your I-ness vanishes.”Ibn Arabi

Know Yourself

by Anthony Gold

The converse of Ibn Arabi’s amazingly powerful truth is that if we relate to an I, we don’t know ourself. In other words, if I identify with the reflection in the mirror, then I’ve equated my sense of being with this body and self-image.

And when our existence is equated with our body – otherwise known as egoic thinking – then we’ll always perceive a world of lack, suffering, and sadness.

If we choose against the ego, we enter another realm. One where the sense of I-ness (or me-centeredness) disappears. In its place stands a wondrous channel for love that embraces everyone and excludes nothing.

Then we know ourself and our brother. And there is no difference.

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