Eckhart Tolle — a voice in your head
“The mind is constantly looking for food for its identity, its sense of self. This is how the ego comes into existence and continually re-creates itself.
When each thought absorbs your attention completely, it means you identify with the voice in your head. Thought then becomes invested with a sense of self — this is the ego, the mind-made me. That mentally constructed self feeds incomplete and precarious. That’s why fearing and wanting are its predominating emotions and motivating forces.
When you recognize there’s a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you’re awakening out of your unconscious identification with a stream of thinking.
When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice (the thinker) but the one who is aware of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom.”