When the past is used as a means to form the identification of you, it doesn’t allow one to get in touch with what’s truly going on, therefore most of life is missed because life isn’t about you.
A person is always changing unless the past is being used to define who you are. How this is done is by holding onto past behaviors patterns and identifying them as you. You who had no control whatsoever in what was done in the past, you who just did what your developed Conditioned Mind told you what to do, you who was influenced by other people’s conditioning, who unfortunately know not what they do either. The more this you is identified with as you, the more control it will have in holding you in captivity to it. There isn’t one thought from the past that truly identifies a person, but you is made into you because it’s not known how not to be this you.
When your named at birth, is that you? When you begin school and certain traits are noticed that are just there, is that you? Your athletic ability, is that you? Your IQ, looks, talents, weight, personality, is that you? And if you say yes, who is it that’s saying yes? How about when you get older, now the things used to make up you become different, but what’s already in place is being used to build on. Job, social status, significant other, pets, children, material worth, what you’re attracted to, what you attach to, and so on. Are any of these things truly you? They can all be if that’s what you’re identifying with as you, but the real question is are they truly you?
When the false identity of you is revealed, one is still the same person in the sense of what one’s experience has been, but there’s no clinging to it so the mental formation of you isn’t created. This is when one will experience true freedom because the concept of you isn’t blocking it. You alone creates your prison, but you doesn’t create one’s freedom because a you based mind can’t fix itself. Beyond you in the space of stillness is one’s inner sanctuary, but this will only seen when it’s realized life isn’t about you.