When in a completely dark room, someone can be holding a burning stick of incense perfectly still. You will only see a glowing orange point.

But if the stick is spun in a circle rapidly, you will see an orange circle of light, a “fire circle”.

If the spinning is slowed down, the circle disappears all by itself.

One doesn’t have to try to change the circle itself to make it disappear.

Likewise, during shamatha meditation, when the speed of thoughts slow down enough, the sense of self and its personal story of being a suffering or seeking “me” will disappear automatically without those illusions having to be addressed analytically.

Just like we discovered that no “fire circle” ever really existed, we also discover that no personal self as a “me” nor its alluring stories ever existed.

By Jackson Peterson – http://www.wayoflight.net/