Nothing is the whole of anything unless it is labeled as so and who does this labeling, but the idea of an I that only exist to form the delusional concept of self.
The idea of self has kept you wandering helplessly for possibly countless lifetimes. The idea has done this, the concept of self is not the self, not the mind, not I, nor does it truly have anything to do with you. It’s just an idea that keeps you entrapped to “there’s a self” story. It’s always the story itself that keeps you entrapped and although it may seem as though what’s being used to create the story keeps you entrapped, it is not. It can’t be, because there’s no substance to a story and this is because it’s of the mind and there’s nothing solid when it’s from the mind; it’s as fleeting as yesterday’s dream. If it’s about something that happened, that means you are bringing the past into the present and this creates a delusional mindset. If you’re bringing the future into the present, again you’re creating a delusional mindset by not being with what’s actually happening.
This is what happens when the idea of self is put forth as the driving energy behind how one lives. If everything done is derived from self, than life will be delusional because the self is delusional; self is an idea, it’s made up. It’s not that there isn’t existence, but unless you can truly see where this self is, it has to cause problems if it’s attached to you. What I mean by this is if you take the idea away of what you think your self is, what’s left? You have been labeled (named) for identification purposes and all the other labels just fall in line, son, daughter, brother, sister, and so on. Without an applied label where is the self? You have a body, but you are not the body. Nothing is the whole of anything unless it is labeled as so, and who does this labeling, but the idea of an I that only exist to form the delusional concept of self.