' The I-thought '...

When we identify the I-thought, which always arises first, solely with the body-thought, which always arises second, we turn the scale of values upside down and limit the larger factor to the lesser one.

Through this initial error we not only strengthen our sorrows and increase our grief, but also fill our hearts with unnecessary fear.

But when we become conscious that we are conscious and that this is the most direct thing of our experience, we have reached the momentous turning point of understanding the difference between both thoughts.

For the need of making this miracle—and it is nothing less—clear to our own understanding itself puts us on the right path to achieving it.

-Paul Brunton

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