I am the need to be right, to prove others wrong,
The thoughts that repeat like a hypnotic song.
I am the What will they think of me? What will they say?
The actor in all the roles that we play.
I am the attacked, the deeply offended,
The unconscious wound that cannot be mended.
I am the life story, the emotional scar,
The inner voice narrating who we are.
I am the gold in chest, the trophy on shelf,
The enhancer of our perceived sense of self.
I am regret of the past and fear of tomorrow,
The entity that enslaves us in sorrow.
I am the root of all pain, the source of mind's ills,
The symptoms we numb with all of our pills.
I am belief and opinion we'd die to uphold,
The conditioned mind that is a hardened mold.
I am the shadow cast when we are asleep,
The self-image created by thoughts that we keep.
I am the masks we wear, I am life's confusion,
The suffering within this convincing illusion.
I am separate countries with guarded borders,
The wars we fight through religious orders.
I am twisted logic disguised as sane,
The endless desire for material gain.
I am pillage and plunder of the natural realm,
The hidden agenda that stands at the helm.
I am greed, I am envy, I am need to flaunt worth,
The parasite spreading upon Mother Earth.
So how do we kill it? When does it end?
This human sickness we must transcend.
It's as simple as knowing your cash and your car,
Have nothing to do with who you are.
That the title, the status, the fancy degree,
Are only labels and not the real me.
Observe the thoughts that run through your head,
Be the witnessing presence behind all that is said.
And beliefs that you hold, merely subjective,
To never be forced upon the collective.
Let pass the urge of triggered response,
And starve the ego of what it wants.
Accept what is and simply allow,
For peace resides in the here and now.
Whether black or white, wealthy or poor,
View everyone equal, not less or more.
See a flower or tree as not a possession,
But living wisdom with a silent lesson.
It takes deep realization, a conscious seeing,
To sense that you aren't a separate being.
Just know we're all born from the same Mother,
And to love is to see your True Self in another.
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