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I'm coming to understand why awakening/enlightenment is so rare in people. This is from personal experience and living people today that I think I understand.
The reason I say I think is because I'm not 100% sure yet.
It seems to me that the reason we are stuck is because we believe in a separate person. (Ourselves) and that person is seeking enlightenment for whatever reason.
The issue I'm realising now is in fact that person doesn't exist. We believe it does. Hence why we suffer. The person is conditioned thoughts always foisted on us by our language. Because it starts at such a young age we truly believe me,myself and I exists.
Now even if we understand intellectually it doesn't help, it appears the brain? Or something needs to see there is no self. The your perception shifts.
The bind here is the imaginary person doesn't want to end it's existence out of fear. Also every attempt or intention is still the imaginary person.
"We" want enlightenment yet to achieve it we have to die. Who is prepared to do that?
People have fears such as becoming a robot etc... But it's all just ego trying to stay alive.
Here is an extract from a lady who added me on Facebook. I've been following her stuff.
"without thought there is no you to question
there is nothing an imaginary character can or cannot do to see that it is imaginary
all suggestions of methods or practices merely substantiate the illusion of separation
which is the assumption that something can be done
can be known
....of personal autonomy