You mentioned this:
In the first leaving, one leaves the brain behind and you see you don't need the brain to live. Ultimately it is possible to leave the mind behind just as the mind left the physical.
In my opinion, the second step is the recognition that you are not a soul, that you are not “your” personal consciousness. (Soul, personal consciousness, viewpoint and jiva are words that all point to the same thing. See my other post or AoM essay.)
Personal consciousness includes the mind but it includes other things, too. It includes a body if you have one at the time. When you “step back” completely from both your body and your soul, you see that you are pure awareness. This is why the first paragraph of my Author of the Month essay reads the way that it does.
Many popular books and teacher focus on the mind and on your thoughts. Timothy and I do not do this. I have some comments on this in my AoM essay.
Another important aspect of the illusion is the separation everyone experiences. In reality, there is no separation. That's easy to say, but not so easy to experience.
This is why I say, “In form, we are many; in essence we are one.” Since your essence is not an object, you cannot experience it the way that you experience objects. You (as a person) and everyone else are objects. So our experiences arises in a way that makes it * seem * like we are all individuals. But we are all fundamentally the One Self of all selves, this pure Source-Awareness. What looks out of your eyes is what looks out of my eyes.
Post Edited (14-Aug-14 22:25)