The burden of life is “I” – “me” – “mine”.
This “I” comes in two flavors.
One, is he whose master is the mind. This one always needs something. This one is always trying to “get” something out of experience. This one is always one step behind. This one is coming from deficiency. More than anything else, this flavor needs to be … something – anything, something secure, something known, something safe. This self is utterly unreal. Just a hope built on a foundation of nothingness.
We don’t so much believe in an “I”, as we believe in a self that is deficienct. All psychological needs are rooted in a deeper belief in our innate deficiency. So we seek the loving father, the caring mother.
The other flavor of I is just THIS! Notice that when the drive to BE something ends; we are, ironically, everything … and nothing. Take your pick.
This I no longer needs to be anything.
In every experience there is no need for need! This can be easily seen and experienced.
The burden of life is the belief that we NEED something and we’re always on the hunt for it. This is the life of the Hungry Ghost. This person who needs is an illusory self – just a deeply embedded image in consciousness. We cling to this because it is all that we think we know. It is false knowledge pretending to be real.
Notice that without the belief in a separate “I”, life is without a burden of any kind. Even death is just one more happening to an object seen in awareness. Who needs to judge? Who needs to achieve? Who needs to know? All future projections of insecurity and desperation.
The “brand” of inadequacy is ancient in our lives. It is the LIE to whom we sacrifice our life.
Get free by seeing every psychological need as a direct pointer to what is false about who you are. No exceptions.
Now the gap opens.