The fastest way to discover who one IS (in the Eternal, REAL scheme of things) is through experiencing who one is NOT.
Much of current mortality is an expose’ of the false, the illusory, the contradictory living out of who individuals are NOT!
the suicide epidemic, the political unrest, the drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, poverty, trafficking, all the rampant sadness/ depression/ anger…
Yesterday’s post: “Flamingoes. The Holy Ghost vs. the Ego. Identity. Relationships.” exposed the mental dilemma of those who choose NOT to see what is going on within themselves OR playing out in the shared human drama. This is real. This is sinister and gross and occurring NOW. The current travesty of humanity is largely due to the comfortable situations enjoyed by some allowing those “some” to be “lulled into a carnal security” instead of learning how to LOOK… really look… and SEE… really see… and make the changes necessary to WAKE UP and realize that their own passivity and spiritual blindness (“I don’t want to really KNOW what is going on and affecting others.”) is The CAUSE of the depravity experienced by so many others.
In brief: The current societal unrest and trauma is largely due to YOU living as someone YOU are NOT!
(Please take this personally!) 😉
Who are you NOT?
You are NOT who you THINK you are! You are NOT who you have paraded and pretended yourself to be!
Who ARE You?
YOU are “the Holy Ghost!” Yet, you have erroneously identified with ANOTHER image, the ego! The “Natural Man” who is “an enemy to God!” “Lucifer,” he who “fell from heaven” by closing his eyes to the Reality of Who He (Really) Is and adopting a false persona while believing the false personas of the asleep (lacking consciousness/ light) others!
As such, You ARE “your brother’s keeper.” You ARE responsible for the faceless, nameless “others” on the other side of the world… or within your neighborhood. Your well-being depends upon theirs just as much as their well-being depends upon yours. You will never, can never, be completely at peace and realize the JOY that you came into existence to experience until each and every “other” is provided for and at peace… physically AND emotionally. As I explore below, WE ARE ONE spiritually connected BEING. Your welfare IS their welfare!
Your ego would have you believe that you are the only one who matters and to make all your decisions from a place of “What’s in it for ME?” This deception has led to your own agony and unrest as well as contributed to the poverty and rampant social inequality. Perhaps you have pushed these thoughts and feelings into the nethermost part of your conscious awareness. But at night, those feelings creep forth to haunt your dreams, to plague the otherwise idealic charm of your self-deception.
The ego, very simply, is your deeply ingrained belief that you are a separate self. It is the natural and obvious picture of the self you seem to be in this world. Housed within your own personal body is your own private mind to which you alone have direct access. You seem to think and feel, will and experience, suffer and find happiness, independently of anyone else.
Being a separate self may seem harmless enough, yet as soon as you began to believe that you were separate, you were inevitably drawn into a destructive relationship with the world around you. The reason is simple. If you are separate, what you gain, the world loses; what it has, you do not. The ego thus very quickly becomes an image of attack on the whole for the sake of your self. To eat, to be safe, to succeed, to survive at all, it appears that you must be the victor over your surroundings. This thought permeates you so deeply and so completely that it seems to be the essence of life itself, both human and natural; the maintenance and benefit of the individual based on the devouring and conquering of the world around it.
In truth, we are innocent children of God, who are not fallen and who are not evil, but are simply mistaken, spiritually Unconscious and blind, living an illusion.
It is not until, and only when one clenches one’s teeth, takes one’s head out of the proverbial sand (material world of delusion) and peels off one’s band-aids that one can see the True Holy Self hidden within him Self and then within each other “Self.” Seeing then rightly, one can deliver him Self with conviction. No more masks hiding the Truth of who we are, the facades of grotesque organizations who pretend to operate in Jesus’ name and for His sake.
No more an enigma.
The *YOU* that You ARE!
This pattern is the central dynamic of the ego and is what has traditionally been called sin. Sin is the violation of someone or something else for our own benefit. It is the individual will pitted against everything outside of it, waging war upon God and upon the world, breaking law, denying truth and violating reality.
What exactly is the goal of all this furious activity? The goal, and in fact the central purpose of the ego, is the building, the maintenance and the protection of the ego itself. Because we think the ego is what we are, we spend all of our time taking care of this image, carefully sculpting an ego that will give us self-worth and worth in the eyes of others, an ego that we hope can be loved. This is the commodity for which we compete against the world. We seek to wrest from the world and possess for ourselves the precious currency of love. We seek to be a “special” ego, a unique ego; one that is not only set apart, as are all egos, but is also set above, attracting to itself the priceless treasures of pride, power, adulation and love.
Under the goal of specialness and the means of sin, we relate to the world in two major ways. One is attack. Attack is the direct and natural expression of sin, in which we seek to overpower another, and from the defeat of his ego feed the specialness of our own. At root, attack is a mental act, the essence of which, ironically, is to see sin in others; to condemn, to be angry, to resent. Attack seeks to brings love to us, but is itself the direct opposite of love. It is the judgment of one mind by another as unworthy of love and deserving of punishment. Through attacking, one takes the mandate to “pray always” and turns it inside-out: “PREYING ALWAYS” upon the life and validation of others.
Direct attack, however, is a painful way of life, leaving us guilty, alone and encircled by enemies. We, therefore, set about seeking allies who can support our cause, ensure our safety, and feed our need for what we think is love. However, to obtain these allies, we must hide our real motives and sacrifice some of our interests. We must play their game while trying to win at our own. This is the second way we relate to the world, through bargaining, or giving to get. Here our apparent love may seem to be directed at the other person, but actually it is a boomerang, a baited hook, whose real trajectory lands it back at our own feet. Relationships based primarily on giving to get are called special love relationships, in which the two members strike a bargain, an implicit agreement that “love” will be mutually given on the condition that it is mutually returned. Whereas these relationships may seem opposite to special hate relationships, those based on attack, they are actually ruled by the identical strategy of using others to inflate our own specialness. The attack is subtle, but not absent.
Attack and giving to get have the selfsame purpose of collecting to ourselves idols. Idols are all those things we surround ourselves with to prove how special we are: money, possession, achievements, abilities, beautiful bodies (our own and others’), vanquished enemies and prestigious friends. Idols seem to be what life is all about, and the more special are the idols which we possess and the more spacious and glittering is our entire collection, the more we seem to have fulfilled the essence of life itself.
It does not take penetrating insight to see that most of us spend most of our time in the ego’s way of life. It is also quite obvious that it is not a very uplifting sight when looked at clearly. It is, in fact, grotesque, and this is the problem with the ego. Somewhere in our minds we are always looking at it clearly. Even though consciously we establish our identity through how the world sees and treats us, subconsciously our eyes are riveted on how we see and treat the world, as the true commentary on what we are.
The strategy of sin, then, produces massive guilt inside of us. If we sin, we deserve to be punished. If we condemn, we deserve to be condemned. Guilt is our self-punishment, our self-condemnation. Therefore, sin, which was designed to create self-worth, brings instead self-loathing. It seems to be an abysmal failure.
Yet, completely undaunted, the ego feels supported and strengthened by guilt. Guilt tells us that the ego is real, that the sinful picture of us is what we really are. We now have no one to turn to but our ego and no recourse but to run from our guilt. Defense mechanisms are the means for our escape. Their purpose is the straightforward one of simply throwing guilt, for the moment, out of sight.
There are two major defense mechanism: denial and projection, which go hand in hand. Whereas denial hides guilt inside, projection throws it outside. Denial is the very simple act of suppressing our guilt, pushing it out of awareness into our subconscious. Projection, on the other hand, reinterprets our guilt, telling us that what seems to be our guilt is actually someone else’s. In short, it blames others in order to escape blame ourselves. Projection fills our field of vision with guilt, blaming others, the world, God, anything but ourselves, for the sins we secretly believe to be our own.
Obviously, projection has no power to heal guilt. The sad truth is that this supposed escape from guilt actually causes guilt, setting in motion a whole cycle of guilt. This is because projection is just another form of attack, for the essence of both is to accuse others of sin. All that projection does is add another dimension to the same ego dynamics. Before, we used attack to steal “self-worth” from others. Now, we use projection to dump onto others negative self-worth (guilt).
Whereas before we were the aggressive victimizer, now we are the weak, defensive victim. We visibly nurse our wounds, sending to the world the accusing message, “Behold me, brother, at your hand I die.” But, whether predator or prey, it is clearly the same attempt to save ourselves by damning others.
This entire system simply does not work. It, in fact, inevitably leads to the state of fear which is the essence of the human condition. Having accused ourselves and others of sin, we have no alternative but to shrink into isolation and hide from the punishment of the evil without and the guilt within. This is the end result of the ego: fear, isolation, guilt, loneliness.
Our core problem is the “self” and its “selfishness.” The ego is not really an attack on the whole for the sake of ourselves. That is a lie told by ego. It is an attack on everything, including ourselves. No one benefits from the ego, ourselves least of all. It destroys all as one. It is only an idea, but one that is nursed, pampered and brooded over at the expense of our own happiness and peace, and that of everyone around us. Our ego is a parasite and we are its host.
That the ego is an attack on ourselves is obvious. By saying we are apart from and at war with the rest of reality, the ego accuses us of being small and alone, sinful and evil. It is a damning image, one that, if true, makes us deserving of the unhappiness we experience and the eternal punishment we have been told about.
Fortunately, the ego is not what we are. We are not separate and we are not sinful. We are still as God created us: pure, innocent and infinite.
The ego is an illusion. The mind which seems to be trapped in time and space is actually a portion of the Christ Mind and, therefore, cannot truly violate the laws of Heaven. We are by nature incapable of the very cornerstone of the ego: sin. Sin is a mask, a disguise. Sin says that we gain pleasure from hurting others. Yet, in truth, hurting another hurts us, tormenting us with guilt. It therefore cannot be our real goal. It is, in our minds, a means, a necessary evil, a guilty way of attaining our real goal. Our real goal is the only thing we want, the only thing we can want: L.O.V.E. This is the single goal of the entire machinery of the ego. No matter how cruel and ruthless we seem, we are really just seeking love, in the form of self-worth, seeking to be loved by others and by ourselves.
What looks like sin, therefore, is a call for love. It is not the strong, confident, fully aware expression of what we are. Sin is really just a mistake: an attempt that does not succeed. It is a blind, frightened, desperate appeal for love.
Sin, therefore, is an illusion. It is something we are psychologically incapable of performing. It has literally never happened. We are not evil creatures deserving of guilt and torment. We may seem fearsome, but we are merely afraid.
Realizing that fear is the root of our thoughts and actions, then, one can make the choice to see and choose from a place of L.O.V.E. Self-reflecting upon our feelings we are then capable of learning from our past “sins” and re-correcting our past faltering attempts to regain this love that we are desperate for. As always, L.O.V.E. *IS* The Answer! The only answer! For our “Self” as well as for each and every “other” out there.
In my pursuit of Real Truth, I have given up everything. Crawling through the “eye of the needle,” I have learned the *mysteries* and am now giving my life to assist YOU to dis-cover Who *YOU* really are, along with your unique gift to offer humanity. As you learn to seek (in the right place and with purified intent), you WILL find treasures of lasting value, along with every promised reward. Together, we will establish a society of humane beings and live life ALIVE, on PURPOSE, and with a sociality unequaled… because we will each BE and view each other as equally and profoundly DIVINE! Please… catch this Hope and Vision and join with me.