Evolution has shaped and twisted your perception to increase the chances of survival of your genes. This creates the illusion of separation – the embodiment of which is the ego. The ego divides our perceptions into two categories: “me” and “not me”. However, your ego is simply the story you tell yourself in response to your treatment by people you never chose. Suffering arises when you cannot see this, when you continue to believe in the illusion of separation.
When you are fully connected to the present, when the thoughts stop, the mind is silent and the ego disappears, the illusion of separation also disappears. Then you experience the truth of oneness, of connection: “I am part of everything and everything is part of me”. This is the change in consciousness that we must create and live if we are to have a future.