It is important to get clear on how important the story of the self is to our ongoing experience.
We might find ourselves asking whether the self is an illusion, the product of some kind of self-created magic.
The mind is convinced that the self is real.
Is it mind that creates this sense of identity and goes on to convince itself?
Is there a self apart from mind?
Suppose that there were: How could we define and identify such a self?
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Milking the Painted Cow