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Beer is an Illusion, but its effects are real!

Beer is made of water barley yeast and hops, water is made of molecules, molecules are made of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen.  Search all we want we can’t find a singular, independent, unchanging, inseparable element that is beer.   This can be applied to everything in the universe, including ourselves

A self is made of body, experiences and environment, body is made of water, blood, bones, water is made of molecules.  When we believe that we are a singular, independent, unchanging, separate being we create ego, and the effects of ego are all too real.  With ego firmly in place we consistently resist the natural flow of the whole universe, like a fish trying to live on land, everything takes effort, life is incomplete and filled with unease, unconsciously we know something is wrong we just can’t put our finger on it.

Imagine yourself existing without air, without placing your feet squarely on the ground, what would your senses sense if there was no environment?  This is the whole concept of emptiness.  Emptiness refers to the ancient realization that the essential nature of the universe is dependent origination, that nothing in the universe can be reduced to a singular, independent, unchanging, inseparable element.  Therefore, the Universe can not have one appearance, one sound, one feeling, or one identity.

When we fully grok this concept we begin to actually see the incredible nature of all things, the perfection of the web of life and how it all fits together, the effects of ego begin to disappear, life gets easier, past and future recede, the moment comes into focus, like the fish finding water, we ease into life and its effortless.


About Cathy Preston

In a flash, like the blink of the eye, Subject and Object are seen as one, I am no more, the Whole is.


2 thoughts on “Beer is an Illusion, but its effects are real!

  1. Ego has a bad name, true. However, like it or not, our brain uses Ego and the pretense of self to mediate between messages from our DNA (via the “older,” less plastic neural circuitry we call the Id) and messages from other beings, especially other humans (via the “newer,” more plastic neural circuitry we call the Superego). It creates grammatical consciousness (subject, object, verb) thereby allowing us to create categories, reasons and a sense of conscious, social self. The human Ego has evolved along with human culture, language and the manipulation of tools at a much faster rate than our bodies as we continue to test, adjust and retest this pretensive concept of self in social circumstances. Without Ego and it pretenses, there is naught but automation 🙂

    Posted by Robert S. Powell | August 18, 2012, 9:29 pm
    • Transcending the ego (belief in a separate self) is our evolutionary imperative. Once you transcend yours get back to me about “there is naught but automation.” That we exist is obvious, but that we believe ourselves to be independent and separate from everything else is pure delusion. The ego I am talking about (belief in a separate self) is not the same as the individual survival instinct that manifests as a will to live. The ego I’m talking about can’t evolve because only the real evolves.

      Posted by Cathy Preston | August 19, 2012, 5:58 pm

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