The existence of an individual self is illusory. The illusion of selfhood is the illusion of separation. The claims of the illusory self are all false: I am here, I am real, I am separate, I exist. In reality, what appears to be happening is unrelated to the illusory self. Thinking may be happening; seeing may be happening; hearing may be happening; feeling may be happening. All of these things appear to be happening, but for no-one. The self is inferred and then believed. The self’s only purpose is to convince itself that it exists. It cannot see the wholeness of what is because it is the very illusion of separation. So it seeks for wholeness, never recognizing that this is wholeness. The self believes that it is here and that it is real. Because of this, the self misperceives what is happening as being here and being real. What is happening has no location; it is neither real nor unreal; it neither exists nor does not exist.

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