Who we think we are is created by a misconception of mind. We think we are this body. We think we are these thoughts. We think we are these feelings. We forget we are consciousness. When forms and attributes are only appearances within pure awareness and we think they are who we are, we live in an ignorance that causes suffering.
This misperception of reality, this forgetting, is powerful and creates its own specific energy. It is an energy of anxiousness, tension and bondage. This energy causes mental disturbance as the mind outwardly seeks relief, permanent happiness and peace. It is this energy and disturbance that causes us to grasp outwardly for acceptance, for approval, for satisfaction and attaches us to outcomes.
When the mind stops thinking, in the supreme stillness, the mental disturbance ceases and the understanding that we are the names and forms dissolves. The misperception of an individual, separate, egoic-self vanishes. The hallucination of a created self ends. The self-grasping attachment releases. Misperception produces this anxious energy and in the supreme stillness, the misperception evaporates.
We do our practices so we can create peace of mind that allows us to experience the supreme stillness. Within the supreme stillness, we realize we are consciousness. We eventually realize that Consciousness is all that is.