Sunday, May 18, 2014

TAKING A BREAK FROM THE EGO

Have you checked your ego self out lately? Do you ever take a moment to see if the ego is raging out of control? Or maybe a moment to just realize the ego is in total charge of everything you do? From my personal experiences I have found it very beneficial for me to take a close look at that "ego self" which I oft times confuse it with my true being. As humans we need the ego self at times I'm sure. But when it rules all our waking thoughts it can cause us much pain and sorrow. I share with you a quote from the Carlos Castaneda book The Wheel of Time which is a work about the Shamans of ancient Mexico and their views on life, death, and the universe. On page 16 of this book it states: Dwelling upon the self too much produces a terrible fatigue. A man in that position is deaf and blind to everything else. The fatigue itself makes him cease to see the marvels all around him. I find that to be very true myself. May I be bold and suggest that you check in with that ego you and see if you can take a quick respite from it and learn to be more attuned to the fact that all things are One. Be wary of all egos, and especially those of others who know no other way except through their ego. I wish you good luck in discovering and overcoming all the ills of the ego mind. And as you grow in wisdom please remember to take a moment and do a kind deed for someone and while you are at it a good deed for yourself as well!

6 comments:

Chris Ledgerwood said...

Isn't that what true religion or spirituality is all about, overcoming the ego. I think the ego is probably the source of all our problems.

captron52 said...

Hi Chris Thanks for stopping by. I agree that the ego is our "biggest" enemy we have to overcome. Hope all is well with you and the family.

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother, a post about our nemesis ego. Many religions do espouse the need to eliminate or overcome ego, I disagree. Ego is the guide, although it presents much maya in our world, its function also serves to bring forth light.

Firstly we do ourselves a service to remember it is not Ego, rather it is EgoSelf. Taking ownership of Ego is an essential component of learning from it. The EgoSelf is our teacher, it reflects thoughts, feelings and emotions which often manifest in our world as life changing events. Every event we experience is something we have drawn to ourselves. We draw experience from two wells, the EgoSelf and the GodSelf. Both aspects of perception are important as it allows for us to directly experience contrast relative to our personal choices. Contrast or, duality if you will, is a fundamental core element in how consciousness is represented. It all boils down to that old chestnut which illustrates there can be no love without fear, no white without black.

Instead of conquering Ego, we need to learn the role it plays in our personal development. When we understand the mechanics of how Ego works, then we can start to learn from the lessons it eternally provides. Learn from Ego and it will not have to keep peppering your world with Chaos. Try to beat, ignore or overcome Ego and you will be missing the point of its existence, moreover, you will be missing the other half of the SELF you dearly need to develop as a spiritual being.

Remember this, religions all have an axe to grind.

In Lak Ech, Brother, prosper with knowledge... learn from Ego....

captron52 said...

Hi Christopher. Thanks for stopping by. You hit the nail on the head with your thoughts on the human ego. I really appreciate your input! You are a very wise sage! Hope all is well with you and yours!

deepian said...

Another beautiful and inspiring post, captron, thank you. Yes the ego self is very capable of exhausting us! My take is that the ego self, when left to its own devices, feasts on emotional and intellectual complexity and self-pity, and cuts itself off from the inner love-light of the divine true self, becoming egotistical (unsurprisingly!) and self-destructive. To reverse this process, we cleanse the ego self of the malignant influences which have conditioned it, so that it can work in harmony with the divine self, rather than against it. I agree with Chris that the ego self should not be confused with ego (that is, with arrogant pride). The ego self can be positive and balanced. We need our ego selves. We cannot operate our human bodies without an ego self - the ego is the operating system of the body, if you like, and we need it to express ourselves and communicate in this physical domain. The divine self is utterly humble and will not force itself on the ego self, and so the ego self has to willingly surrender. Ideally, through each of us making effort to transform our own ego self, our ego selves become willing tools of our divine selves, supporting them in bringing our divine qualities onto the physical plane. This transformation of the ego self is not a trivial process, but it is truly liberating. I feel that there is nothing better we can do for the world or for ourselves than to work individually on surrendering the ego self to the true self.

captron52 said...

Hey Ian. Thanks for the visit my friend. I can totally agree with the wise words you have written on this subject of ego. When my regular readers like you and Chris and Jedi and Carl add your thoughts to whatever it is I have written I feel it makes the post oh so much more valuable. I am always amazed at the inner wisdom all of you possess! You guys seem to be so much better at explaining things than I can! I sure appreciate all of you so much for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us. I only hope my other readers of this blog are also reading those of all of you I have mentioned. Thanks again for the visit and also for the warm friendship you share with me. One of these days I hope to write an entry telling the world just how much all of my blogger friends mean to me and how much I have been able to learn from all of you. As always the best to you and yours.