When we start to recognise the many repeating thought patterns that are negative and destructive, that is a major step to disassociating with them. To recognise it means that we have become conscious and in the moment, that awareness is the key step.
Most of our lives we are in an unconscious state, stuck within negative thought patterns, that we become attached to and actually we become them. They manifest into our actions and beliefs.
These thought patterns end up sabotaging us and prohibit us from being in this moment now, they stop us experiencing real life. We are too busy thinking to actually notice we’re alive!
When we realise that we are not our thoughts, we transcend thought and then realise we are the witness to our thoughts, we are spiritual human being and not the myriad of personas that the mind has constructed to fit our ego and its stories.
This realisation frees us from being trapped in the unconscious thought-obsessed state and we can then be free to experience life in this conscious moment. Our soul shines and our ego starts to wane.