Ouroboros – the process eating itself

 

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Ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, is a fertile symbol (metaphor, analogy, projection object) that can be understood in many ways.

One is as an analogy for the process of self-inquiry.

In the beginning, it appears that there is a separate self here inquiring, investigating, exploring and so on. But the process itself includes the annihilation of this sense of a separate self. Eventually, even that is seen as just something on the inside of a story, something that appears real only because it is taken as real, a thought placed on top of pure perception, filtering it into what appears as an I here and Other there.

The process of inquiry, and any spiritual practice leading to Ground noticing itself, is a process eating itself up. The separate self, the doer, that appears to initiate and engage in it, is revealed as never having been there in the first place.

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3 thoughts on “Ouroboros – the process eating itself

  1. This is very interesting, could you expand and explain upon this please???

    “In the beginning, it appears that there is a separate self here inquiring, investigating, exploring and so on. But the process itself includes the annihilation of this sense of a separate self. Eventually, even that is seen as just something on the inside of a story, something that appears real only because it is taken as real, a thought placed on top of pure perception, filtering it into what appears as an I here and Other there.

    The process of inquiry, and any spiritual practice leading to Ground noticing itself, is a process eating itself up. The separate self, the doer, that appears to initiate and engage in it, is revealed as never having been there in the first place.”

    Thanks

  2. Hm… it’s a big subject, and one that we have to explore for ourselves.

    When we embark on a spiritual path, we have with us a sense of a separate self, an “I” that also has an “Other” (the wider world, God, etc.), and also a sense of a doer separate from the rest of the world.

    But as we progress, there are often glimpses of an absence of this separate self, a direct realization that there wasn’t a separate self there in the first place.

    Everything else is the same – there is still this human self here, with its emotions and thoughts and activities in the world – but it is just happening as everything else is just happening. It is living its own life, along with other human selves, animals, plants, the clouds… it is all just happening and living its own life, inherently absent of a separate I anywhere.

    So the separate self that (apparently) started out on the journey, usually with the idea of getting something out of it (status, peace, awakening), is revealed as never having been there in the first place.

    In that sense does the process eat itself up, or rather, the sense of separate self – which seemed, and was, so important in the beginning – is “eaten up” by seeing that it never was there.

    Talking about it usually just makes it more complicated than it is.

    It is better to look for yourself, for instance by trying the headless experiments or the Big Mind process.

  3. Peace eats itself. Once you thought you were separeted. Then you discover a peace, a peace that has always been available just a little obfuscated by thougths, than you can feel it. Than it’s revealed you are peace itself. You are not feeling peace, you are peace itself, without limits, without age, or form. And it was peace itself that revelad this, eating the image that was itself always peace.

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