As a ME, I am isolated... I am "in here" while the world is vast and separate... "out there"...
As a ME, I have to protect myself, ensure my survival, build up an image so that I stand apart, maintain my separateness, my individuality, my value, my "purpose in Life."
As a ME, I have everything to lose and nothing real to gain. I cannot hold on to anything I love and have to constantly harden myself against the possibility of loss.
As a ME, my entire existence is dependent on what has come and what remains to come. My presence is entirely dependent on the presence of the "outside" world.
As a ME, I seek to find wholeness from within a splintered existence, from within a shell of absolute isolation and loneliness. This limited and isolated existence is suffering itself.
Yet if there is an honest look, "ME" does not exist.
"ME" is an idea, a conceptualization of patterns called "thought", "intellect"... "ME" is a bundling of ideas and forming a so-called separate and temporary existence. You are not the "ME".
How is this "ME" known?
This "ME" is known through some means of knowledge - various passing sensations later called "body"... various passing perceptions later called "world". These are all taken together and the conceptual picture or image is created, an illusory entity is formed in mind only - a belief - an assumption. "ME" can only be known to arise in thoughts, and thoughts are experiences.
To what is the "ME" appearing? How is this concept known?
There is a primary subjectivity, a singular and immediate source of knowing - there is a container or context within which the content called "ME" comes.
That source has always been present to know the passing of various content, to witness the sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly play of the "ME living in the world."
That source is the Self. This is what we really mean when we say "I".
As such, this Self is already fully known, fully obvious, before the spiritual search is ever started. As such, the Self is never absent and the very basis for the world and the body-mind to appear.
The Self is the singular, impersonal, limitless and knowing source or presence from which every "thing" that appears has it's dependence.
The "ME"-idea is the only "thing" that was born. It came upon your true nature and it will go. You are left unaffected by any of it.
You are left as you are, untouched, uninvolved.
The Self is only found by finding itSelf. Who else is looking?