The false self most call ‘me’ came into being as a result of conditioning [attachments, expectations and identifications tied to memory [past] and imagination [future]]. This template was there from previous incarnations in the world-dream and was ‘re-membered’ through the pre-destiny that conditioning manifested for this incarnation … NOT learned anew ‘in’ it. This conditioning is ‘added-to’ as along as one still sleeps deeply ‘in’ the dream-world-belief that they are an individual entity called a human being.
When finally, the turn inward begins, the structure of the dream begins to be ‘questioned’ and eventually disassembled. There are a multitude of ways and means within the spiritual community for accomplishing this, however as long as they are mind-oriented this is merely shuffling the deck chairs around on the Titanic hoping it won’t sink. The mind ‘is’ the conditioning and ‘seeks but never finds’ since to find would mean its demise. You cannot ‘think’ conditioning away … the many masks worn that hide or cloud the Real YOU [the ONE SELF] must be ‘dissolved’ and that occurs by ‘exposing’ each aspect of the conditioning that makes up the false self.
When exposed, each layer of this false-self-conditioning, retreats back into the nothing-ness from which it sprang. For this the ‘direct route’ is Self Inquiry/Surrender.
Self Discovery and Self Inquiry: A Handbook for the Pathless-Path to Freedom
BOOKS by John McIntosh