disclaimer – the following is just a metaphor. i am a dog lover and i would never want my dog to wonder off and leave me 🙂
but, it is almost as if the little i, the sense of the individual self that gets hurt and offended, is like a dog begging for food. if i feed that dog (allow the sense of self to get angry and react), that dog will keep coming around to beg for more. if i ignore that dog and do not give him treats, that dog will leave and search elsewhere for food. at first that dog may come back occasionally and beg again. but eventually that dog will learn there is no food here and it will wonder off for good.
again, i am a serious dog lover, so don’t get the impression that i want my dog to leave…but i do feel this is a great metaphor for the process of not feeding the sense of the individual i. which then leads to the ‘individual i sense’ to wonder off in search for food. and what is then revealed is more and more of our true natural self 🙂