Whenever there is attachment associated with it brings endless misery  – Gumpopa, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Our thoughts define our world, what we perceive,understand and  see through the filter of our minds. Its a room built full of thoughts; you see the world through its particular windows. You are happy and secure with it, but that all you know; afraid to venture outside. This has become your mind made prison. The ‘ego’ has conned us as we believe thoughts are essential to our survival. The ‘ego’ has control over us though fear and loss of identity. If you give up your thoughts, it seems this would annihilate you and so through fear you keep clinging to them.

There is an alternative. You don’t have to destroy the ego to escape from it. You can use this familiar room as you wish, to come and go as you please. But before, you can do this you need to know that your more than the thoughts you define yourself by. Once you’ve realised this you have the power to change the ‘ego’ from the mind made prison of thoughts.   

Thoughts plague us with the rapidity of a raging river. Thoughts about what you hear, what you see, what you smell, what you feel, what you think, what you plan. On and on they go with no respite from the madness.

Our ‘ego’ tries to make safe an unruly world. Countless impressions, thoughts crowd in on upon us, so that without the ‘ego’ to filter out irrelevant information, we would be overwhelmed and destroyed by this, or so it seems.   

We need thoughts, feelings and sensations and the matrix we call the ‘ego’ for our physical and psychological survival. ‘Ego’ tells us what to avoid, how to satisfy each desire and what to do in each situation. It does this by labelling everything we think, feel and sense. And these labels are filed away and it gives us a sense of security and well being. These labels allow us to know our world and our place in it.

‘Ego’ has convinced us that we cannot survive without it – but that we are it and can do nothing without it. I am my body. I am angry. I am a honest person. I am a good person and I don’t deserve this. I’m lazy. I want to be rich. Definition after definition. 

Most people identify with their thoughts. They cannot separate their awareness from their thoughts. To be aware is different from your thoughts and senses. Your awareness is different and its not attached to any of these senses. 

How do I become aware of awareness?

Try this little experiment:

1. Look at any object in your room 
2. Notice the awareness that is looking through your eyes
3. Close your eyes and notice that your somehow still aware
4. Thus, it is the same awareness that a minute ago was looking out at the room.
5. With your eyes closed, simple observe your awareness.

Meditation asks the question: who are you really? If you are the same as the ego, then we open the flood gates of the ego’s filters and we shall be drowned. Hence, if we are not what the ego defines us by, then the removal of it may not be a great threat to ourselves and it may mean an end to our suffering.

Meditation can break the cycle of endless thoughts and free you from the thought prison and could ultimately lead to your own liberation.