In the spirit of Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle, Inside-Out Healing: Transforming Your Life Through the Power of Presence by Richard Moss takes readers by the hand and reveals how the root of much of the world's suffering (unquestioned thoughts) rob us of joy, peace, equanimity, love--even overall health and vitality. I'm on Chapter 2 of Inside-Out Healing, and am thrilled that yet another helpful book on inquiry has made it to the market. Below is an excerpt:
The sad fact is that we’re not educated to be aware and therefore able to question the reality created by our thinking. We don’t realize that we must take responsibility for our thoughts to find out if they are really true, and then set aside or at least acknowledge those that are simply opinion and bias. We don’t recognize that most thoughts are ultimately judgments, and that the truth of any judgment is how that judgment makes us feel.
Ultimately, the problem with thinking is not merely that you believe your thoughts, but that you build your identity—your sense of self—with them. It is identification with what you tell yourself about yourself: that you are a good person (or not), a lovable person (or not), a smart person (or not), and so on. And that becomes who you believe yourself to be.
This imagined self is the ego. The ego is not an entity, not something real like your body; it is a way of processing information that leads to a false assumption that you are a separate self. At the level of the ego, it never occurs to you that you are also that which can be aware of all those thoughts—aware of all the ways you (as an ego) interpret you perception and feelings. In other words, as an ego, you believe yourself to be outside and separate from life and everyone and everything else instead of part of a divine wholeness.
What is most important here isn’t to focus on the broader problem of ego or thinking in general. Rather, it’s vital to see how you hurt yourself unnecessarily day by day with your own thinking so that you can stop doing it. You suffer because of the thoughts you have about yourself and the situation, not because of who you really are or what the situation actually is.
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