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.

How to hold yourself accountable.

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Why do we fail?

Sustained interest, that’s what always gets me. Too often we get fired up to do something, invest our time in research trying to figure out what fundamental tools we need, and then lose interest a few weeks later.

I have a folder full of unfinished writing projects. Why? I ask myself this often and the answer is always the same: Accountability. Continue reading “How to hold yourself accountable.”

What is on the other side of Fear?

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Your relationship to fear is the single greatest factor that will determine the kind of life you live.

Fear is the driver of the vast majority of anxiety and stress that we experience in our lives.  Fear limits our thinking, puts us into a negative state, and prevents us from growing.  Worst of all, fear prevents us from taking action. It stops us from introducing ourselves at networking events or having that difficult conversation with a friend.  It stops us from taking that project on because it requires a public presentation or from starting that business or writing that book. Continue reading “What is on the other side of Fear?”

Collaborate Right By Knowing When

Sam Zemurray was a Russian immigrant that came to the U.S. in the early 1900s with nothing. From there he raised an empire, becoming one of the most successful, and powerful, men in America by peddling bananas.“From his first months in America, he was scheming, looking for a way to get ahead. You did not need to be Rockefeller to know the basics of the dream: Start at the bottom, fight your way to the top.” This is precisely what Sam the Banana Man did, he fought his way to the top. Overthrowing South American governments, avoiding the FBI and CIA, and even playing a hand in politics in Louisiana Sam Zemurray built his empire almost entirely on his own. When speaking of success many people in America refer to stories like Sam Zemurray’s. Continue reading “Collaborate Right By Knowing When”

How a few past experiences could be ruling your life.

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Edwin Catmull has said, “Hindsight is not 20-20.” It’s a counterintuitive statement, but an accurate one as well. We tend to use our past experiences to guide our present decisions. It’s how the mind works. However, sometimes one experience, or a handful of them, can dictate the trajectory of our entire lives. When this happens hindsight becomes our enemy. Continue reading “How a few past experiences could be ruling your life.”

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”

How to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

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The new year is upon us and this is, scientifically speaking, the best time to plan and prepare for what you want to achieve for 2016. The fresh start effect takes hold and allows you to more easily engage in high-level thinking about where you want to go in life, areas you want to improve, and goals you want to achieve. Continue reading “How to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet”

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”

The Importance of Failing

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Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, is a valuable reference when looking into both becoming a better writer and person. Combining craft and experience, King supplies a no nonsense approach to writing that removes a lot of the decor surrounding many other books and writer workshops. The bare bones of writing,  this text demands more from readers; in essence it calls for everyone to just sit down and write. Continue reading “The Importance of Failing”

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”