This is from a YouTube video that, unfortunately, no longer exists.
There's another aspect that I'd like to separate and that is the intellectual level and the “being” level. The intellectual level is the level at which you think about things. The “being” level is the level in which you are. It’s at the level of “being.” For instance; if you see somebody ahead of you walking down the street and a twenty dollar bill drops out of their back pocket and lays on the sidewalk - and they just keep walking on because they're not aware of it. If you think about it, if you picked that twenty dollar bill up and you say, “Well what I should do, what an ethical person would do, would be give this back.” And I notice there's a bunch of people who are looking at me and saw me pick that up and,” I better give it back.” You see now that's an intellectual process because you came to the intellectual conclusion that this is what you should do you. You thought about it and figured that that was the best action. There's another reaction that as soon as you see it fall your immediate thought is, “Oh, that person lost something. I need to call them and help them recover that.” You don't think about what should I do, and why should I do it. And whether people are watching or not is all irrelevant. You just at the “being” level it's because you are honest and you are ethical - that there is no other possibility for your actions and they’re immediate without thinking about them. That is at the “being” level so that's kind of the difference - if you see what I mean.
So we talk about the intellectual level is the level of thought and for most people that's mostly the level of ego. And then we talk about the “being” level which is just how you are. Now that “being” level doesn't have to be ethics. It can be the lack of ethics. You can be a not very grown entity, not very high quality of consciousness. And at the “being” level you are very self-centered and you are perhaps rude, or you are angry and take advantage of people. And that's just the way you are the “being” level. So the “being” level just reflects the core of you. How you are at the core. It's the difference between acting and “being.” We can act nice or we can act angry. We can act all sorts of ways. But that's different than “being.”
We have these social requirements that we have to live up to. You know what is polite and what's impolite in our society. Different societies have different things of course. But when you grow up in such a society then there's ways of acting - things you're supposed to do. It's a culture thing. So if you step in front of somebody and you did it by accident you say, “Excuse me.” or, “Pardon me.” or, “I'm sorry.” We have these things to do. Well most of that is intellectual in the sense that you've learned to do it. It's a learned behavior. Are you really sorry? Do you do you really feel bad that you did that? Or is it just that when you do something that's rude you just automatically say, “I'm sorry,” and forget about it? You see? So one would be at the intellectual level, if it's just a habit and doesn't really mean anything to you at a deeper level, and the other would be at the “being” level. If you don't have to think about it but you just are sorry immediately that you happened to cut somebody off, or that you happen to butt in line because you didn't notice that the line was there - and there's a difference.
So, one is acting. One is in a lot of our social structure. We act, we play roles, and we play different roles. We’re a different role at home then we are at the office then we are when we're out with the guys or are out with the girls. So we play these different roles. Well that's not you at the “being” level. Now there may be pieces of you at the “being” level there in all those roles, but there’s also pieces of you that are acting - role-playing - doing what you think you should do or what you've learned that is right to do. So that's the difference between the “being” level and intellectual level. And the intellect is not necessarily all a bad thing you know. The intellect is a very necessary thing we need that logical processing but when it's attached to serving fear then it just gets in the way. It becomes part of the problem rather than part a solution. When the intellect is not connected to fear the intellect can be part of the part of the solution.
Questioner: Yeah, yeah, so is it critical then to separate the “being” level from the intellectual level?
Well in a way we are just a whole thing. And at the being level some of it’s good and some of it’s not so good. At the intellectual that can be true too. It’s not so much that you have to keep those in separate things because you’re all one person. But you should be working on eliminating the fear, eliminating the belief, the ego the expectations. And when you're done, when you've eliminated that and there is no more fear, then what's left is love - caring and compassion. That's what you got left after you get rid of the fear. So it's the fear and ego that is really counterproductive to our growth. So it's not that you separate it and say, “here's the authentic me,” and, “here’s the fake me” and I’ll only be fake in these situations but I'll be authentic in this situation. That’s… I know, I guess people do that and maybe when they're being sincere that's good if that helps them do that. But basically that's not the point. That's just another kind of acting. You're acting authentic and you’re acting falsely or socially.
The thing is to be who you are. Just if you are who you are and you're honest and then you look at why it is you are that way. What are you doing? Why am I making these choices? Why am I feeling this way? And then if the answer is, well that’s ego responding to fear, then try to eliminate it. Try to go back to the source of the fear. Deal with the fear and eliminate it. So if you don't act how you are then you’ve eliminated one of the feedback systems that can be very helpful to you to grow up. Pretty soon you can get to the point that you believe that the person who’s acting is the real you and that that is the authentic you - the actor. Because you kind of lost touch with the inner self. A lot of people go through life like that where their authentic self is always buried so deep they don't even know who they are at that level. So just be yourself. Act the way you are. Be the way you are. Interact the way you do.
But be aware of those interactions and if they result in some sort of negative or unpleasant or stress feeling then look back at that feeling and say, “Why did I feel that way?” Find the fear that's at the root of it and get rid of the fear. And that seems like a very hard thing to do at first. But if you really try that you'll find that it won’t take you very many months before you make real progress. And it's a great way to grow yourself just by paying attention, living in the moment, living in the now, paying attention to what you're doing and why you're doing it and how it feels. Does it feel good? Does it feel negative?