Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive. (Eckhart Tolle)
Complete identification with the mind (the belief that I am my thoughts) is the cause of failure, suffering and insanity. A person in this state—convinced by the story of “me against the universe”—suffers from so much fear and panic.
Even still today, most people never look at or question their belief in separation. Instead, exhaustive effort is made to blame other people, limitations and situations for their suffering. “If only this person would change, or if only I could find a way to accomplish this, then I could finally be happy.” This way of thinking appears to make sense when we are young, but as we get older something else happens.
As you mature, you look back upon all the things that were supposed to make you happy and supposed to end your suffering. Much of it was eventually accomplished. But just as soon as it was, of course you found the next reason to suffer. At some point, you face a choice to either sink into despair or, far better, you learn to merely observe thought rather than trusting it.
The sane, creative, productive mind has learned to humble itself to the vast realm of consciousness. The mind isn’t you; rather, merely a useful tool to channel being into doing. Of itself, the mind has no real power, knowledge or truth.
That which is real is beyond the mind and can be best described as unconditional love. When this is known, the mind functions optimally and the suffering ends.