“If the self-center, ego, or reference point is seen to have no substance or independent nature, it will be understood or known that whatever mental concept or image comes up naturally happens by itself, and instead of any need to discard or get rid of it, it can be a useful happening for the protection, assistance, or defense of the organism–like with an insect, animal, bird, or reptile not thinking about protection can naturally change color or grow patterns in the skin or fur to blend in with the environment around it… a natural camouflage comes about, without any attempt to change the appearance.

Likewise with humans: without belief in a self-center, anything, including mental concepts, change or action can come about naturally to suit whatever situation arises.

However, if the self-center, ego, or reference point is believed to be something substantial with an independent nature of it’s own–an existing ‘me’ or an ‘I’–then whatever arises is referred to this ‘me’ and, instead of being a natural functioning, it occurs as a contrived state, such as fear, anxiety, stress, etc., because that entity, being non-existent, cannot live up to what is imagined. And even when hearing about non-conceptual natural functioning, still believing in a reference point, useless and contrived attempts continue to be made to live up to or recreate some concept of that.

Thus, there appears to be a great difference between natural functioning without any belief in a reference point, and the imagined, conceptual, acquired mental habits caused by the old belief in a separate entity“.

Sailor Bob Adamson