The illusion of “self” is perpetuated, kept alive, by seeking. And seeking is another word for FUTURE. And future is NOTHING MORE than a presently arising THOUGHT that says “As soon as X happens, than I will finally have some peace.”
But ask yourself this sincerely: Does the only Consciousness that is PRESENTLY right here and right NOW actually require anything from the future in order to complete itself? To make itself be more PRESENT or more AWARE? When you see this it will blow your head-off because you realize that CONSCIOUSNESS itself, that which is the only thing being Conscious of these words on a computer screen right here and now, NEVER goes anywhere! It’s equally Conscious of a thought that says “I am at peace” as a thought that says, “I am not at peace.” Consciousness never moves or changes or comes or goes. It simply eternally IS.