' Reflecting the Overself '...

The ego totally ceases to exist and is fully absorbed into the Overself only in special, temporary, and trance-like states.

At all other times, and certainly at all ordinary active and everyday times, it continues to exist.

The failure to learn and understand this important point always causes much confusion in mystical circles.

The state arrived at in deep meditation is one thing; the state returned to after such meditation is another.

The ego vanishes in one but reappears in the other.

But there are certain after-effects of this experience upon it which bring about by degrees a shift in its relation to the Overself.

It submits, obeys, expresses, and reflects the Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 8: The Ego >
Chapter 1: What Am I? > # 213
Paul Brunton

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