Written by Florence Mary On October 15, 2007.
I have thought long and hard about ego over the years. I am sure I understand some of the basics and some of the finer points. Could you give me more about ego in my world and how it may hinder or help?
Ego in its basic form is “I Am”. Don’t you think it interesting that the only name God ever gave himself was “I Am”? It certainly is something to think about. Do you think he was saying “my ego is as yours”, or was it a challenge to men to transform the small ego self , the “me” and become God-like in our understandings for all the possibilities “I Am” can have? The limitation in human perception and this ability to understand, because of that limitation has created flaws in most things considered “sacred” by human beings.
Living one’s God-likeness in human ego only means that one transforms the ego and operates within the expanded, transformed consciousness of that ego. Unfortunately, most human egos are damaged and the resulting personalities operate in your world through a lack of understanding of the “Self”. You seek the Higher Self, not understanding that “the self, or ego self”, is the gatekeeper for the full experience of your “Higher Self”. There is only one way to understand self and that is to allow yourself at any moment to feel what you feel in relation to the things of your world. This also becomes the quality for your life and truly life itself. You may argue the point but remember that you asked for the information.
The self is both ego and the resulting personality. Ego operates the sense of self which is the essence of humanity, that intangible quality of opposites that exist with that personality. It is the essence of personhood, either realistic or not, according to the values and morays of societal agreements. These agreements form the mould for what is valuable in the development of personhood through these values.
So, ask yourself, was Jesus different from his society or was he formed and shaped by it as all men are and his resulting life reflected his ability to transform that smaller “Self” so he understood the true matters of “Higher Self”? We are not going to speak on that until later. Hold those Questions!
The concept of “Spirit” is also limited by the lack of understanding about ego. Spirit has become mans misconceptions about its nature. Spirit is pure energy, undefiled by human conceptions. It is not a where, a what or a who, but rather pure energy in its simplest form that permeates everything, including conceptions and misconceptions. It does not contain egos or personalities of any type, contrary to your beliefs. It is not soul or spirit as you understand it but is simply energy. So is ego. It is an energy from cosmic and universal sources that is malleable within human nature, for ego, or sense of self as humans experience it. Rather than soul, it is the true energy of life. Soul contains the instinctual nature of animal and human nature. Human beings are not driven by survival instinct the way animals are. Animals and children will accidentally or lacking knowledge, ingest poison and die. Human adults are the only animals that will knowingly ingest poison for the purpose of ending their life or for the high such purpose affords them.
Looked at without judgement one can see that this behaviour could only be understood if physical ailments have ravaged the body and death would result through unbearable pain and suffering over the passage of time. We are not condoning nor are we condemning such actions in human beings but merely use it to illustrate the manifestation of ego based choices precipitated by ego damage. Most animals know their world by very different means than humans. They have personality without ego, as do new born and most children under the age of three months. After three months ego begins to conceptualize self and other. When that is fully understood ego operates childish desire. How those around the child meets those needs creates, shapes and moulds the ego “self” within the physical being.
If you have what you term a “holy terror”, remember you created him or her by how you respond or by your lack of response to those ego based needs. Meeting the true needs of children never spoils them but instead strengthens the ego that seems most out of step with our basic lack of understanding of ego. Think of it like “bulb wattage”. 25, 60, 100, 120, etc. Like all energy it pools and is either clear or contaminated by how it was formed at its earliest stages. Remember, energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one form to another. This widely accepted premise on energy fits ego perfectly when you understand how as energy it can be shaped and moulded and manifest personality through that process. Every one of you knows a 25 watt personality as well as some 100 watt ones. Remember, the transformed ego and resulting personality is more than 100 watts.
Ego is also understanding others so one can more deeply understand themselves. If you observe ego in others, without judgement, you will find most people more like you, than different from you. What makes you different from them is the delivery system; personality.
Spirit can be compared to the hydro electric dam, turning out energy unlike the dam, unendingly. Spirit is the energy of all creation on both sides of the veil. Once transformed from its original form into things physical, and/or non-physical. Thought is one of those elements that can be used to transform spirit, as well as action and feeling. You will see the truth of this with a little concentration. The form thought takes is boosted by feelings for good or ill, depending upon the societal beliefs influence of what is considered good or bad.
Humans concept of what is valuable within society changes as egos are shaped and formed by their influences over the course of a lifetime. So, something that was unacceptable at fifteen can be perfectly acceptable by the time you are eighty.
Know this and be of God, all unfolds as it should.