THE ENEMY WITHIN: YOUR EGO OR GOD

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This is the choice we all have.  We can choose our ego or we can choose God.

The illusion is that we can have both.  We can sometimes choose God when it serves us and we can sometimes choose the ego, when it serves us.  But, this is an illusion, it is one or the other.  The ego is fear, God is love.

Those are your choices.  Your experience in life has everything to do with this choice.  If you have chosen your ego, then you will experience pleasure but not happiness.  You will experience fear, strife and conflict, not peace.  You will choose status over acceptance.  Everything you do stems from this choice.

Our world is as it is, because so many of us have chosen our ego to be our guide.  It helps us acquire riches, it offers immediate pleasure but it is also the source of all of our pain.  It is the source of our loneliness, our depression, our anxiety, our anger.  The ego must have an enemy to thrive.  It is always attacking, always wanting more.

You know what choice you have made because all you need to do is look at your life.  The ego creates the illusion of happiness through pleasure.  But pleasure is not happiness, it is a shallow substitute that is always fleeting and you must always get more to keep it going.

When you choose God, Love guides you in all things.  You don’t judge your brothers and sisters as different, you love them because you see them as their potential, not as the ego perceives them to be.

The ego creates the illusion of false love, where love exists when a person does what you want them to do.  Your child gets an A on a test, and the ego creates the illusion of love and you praise your child.  The ego’s love is conditional, it is based on the belief that as long as you do what I think you should do, then I will love you.  When you don’t, I will attack you.   If no enemy exists, the ego cannot survive, so it must always have an enemy.  Sometimes that enemy is out there.  It is a political belief or religious belief.   And sometimes the enemy is closer, it is a friend, a family member, a boss.  And sometimes it is us.

When you judge other people, you judge yourself.

When you accept other people, and choose to see their potential, you offer forgiveness instead of judgment.  And by doing so, you offer yourself forgiveness.  The battle is an illusion.  Choose your higher self, and your experience will reflect that.  Your perspective will change.  You will experience peace, joy and love with no conditions.  Each moment will be as God intended and by seeing yourself as a perfect child of god, you will see your brothers and sisters the same way.  You will have infinite patience and you will experience quiet peace in all situations.

The ego won’t allow this.  For if you truly embrace this part of yourself, then the ego cannot survive.  What was once a fragmented mind, filled with judgments, anger, greed, scarcity, will be replaced with the simple idea that you choose to love.  The ego will try to poison your brain with reasons and justifications, but you have already made your choice and simply reminding yourself of this choice will be all that is needed and eventually the ego will no longer be who you are.

Even now, your ego is lamenting this idea, it is giving you a torrent of reasons why this is ridiculous.

So let me provide you with a simple test that will eliminate all doubt as to who you should choose.

If you think the ego has any positive attributes, then do this and the choice will be clear.

Completely give in to the ego.  Do not limit its expression, allow all the judgment, anger to flow freely, do not hold back.  Allow the annoyance and frustration to come out immediately.  Allow your envy and jealousy to fully express itself.  See what life is like when you give everything over to the ego.

See if you can go more than a few hours living like this.  Give in to all pleasures and temptations, argue, attack, everything that the ego wants, allow it.

This experience will show you that you have been living your life between the two for as long as you can remember, sometimes you choose God but always go back to the ego for you believe it serves you well.  But it doesn’t, it never has and never will.

The world is in desperate need of love, not attack, not hate, but love.  Decide now who is going to guide you.  All that is needed is a little willingness to see the world as God sees it.

He will do the rest.

Strengthen Your Relationships By Seeking Solitude

We are social creatures. You’d be hard pressed to find someone to disagree with you on this point. However, for all our longing to be with others, or more specifically with that someone, solitude plays a pivotal role in our development and well-being. Without it we are likely to go mad, and yet today our culture fights for our attention on a moment to moment basis making it more difficult than ever to get some alone time. Continue reading “Strengthen Your Relationships By Seeking Solitude”

The Challenges and Importance of Creativity

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Martin Buber’s philosophical account on life, religion, and identity lends itself to the the creative individual. While the text is considered somewhat existential, and works towards wedding Western religion with Eastern philosophy, the book nevertheless gives alarming insight into art and the creative realm. Buber’s I and Thou challenges readers to work towards self-improvement, and practice living in the now by paying close attention to other “You(s)” around them. Continue reading “The Challenges and Importance of Creativity”

Love: American Made

Against Love, by Laura Kipnis serves as a wake up call to couples today. It provides a refreshing take on relationships, and strips away all the makeup and pomp surrounding love. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that most adolescents or teens, and to a large extent adults too, need to read at least part of Against Love: A Polemic.

The purpose of such a reading? Well to educate the audience about the more un-alluring aspects of love of course. Love, at least in America, is usually the flagship touted at the frontline in order to get compatriots in tow behind American ideology. No concept in America has worked its way so seamlessly into the social fabric of civility as the current take on Love. Specifically, Hollywood love, toting around Puritan values of the soulmate and incessantly reminding the country that relationships take a lot of work. Continue reading “Love: American Made”