I don’t think that consciousness has been proved to be anywhere since folks cannot even agree on what it is. But let’s say that it’s a sense of self or a subjective position. I argue that brains have evolved the apparatus to misperceive a self, but that the self-illusion is not useful. The ability to plan and the ability to identify what is mine and not mine is useful for survival, but there is another layer on top that is a non-useful side effect. The brain is able to imagine, and perceive, separation that is not there. This leads to all kinds of apparent problems, including the problem of consciousness. It’s totally possible to function without a self. This is all that’s happening. There is no real separate entity anywhere. Bodies and brains have evolved in a certain way, but it’s all totally impersonal. The self/separation illusion stops all the time and wholeness is revealed, but life goes on exactly as it did before.

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