What is the Ego?
Our special theme says, “To know reality is not to see the ego and it thoughts, its works, its acts, its laws and its beliefs, its dreams, its hopes, its plans for its salvation, and the cost belief in them entails. In suffering, the price for faith in it is so immense that crucifixion of the Son of God is offered daily at its darkened shrine, and blood must flow before the altar where its sickly followers prepare to die.”
Ew. That’s not a very pretty description.
Yet, that is a reasonable description of the ego, although it is one the ego wants us to deny.
Let review a few things Michael Langford has to say about the ego in The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss:
For thousands of years humans have been stuck in the same pool of inward unsolved problems. Thousands of years ago humans had the problems of suffering, sorrow, anger, fear, violence, conning, cheating, lying, death, etc. Today humans have the problems of suffering, sorrow, anger, fear, violence, conning, cheating, lying, death, etc. All of these problems have a single cause.
The ego controls thinking and the ego does not like to be exposed.
The ego is thought. The ego is thinking.
Living from thought instead of living from Awareness is the cause of all human suffering.
The ego is the cause of all disease, death, war, fear, anger and violence.
All humans are slaves and the imposter “self” is their master.
Here’s a Christmas song by John Lennon that helps expose how “living from thought instead of living from Awareness” manifests itself: (Note: This tip continues below the video.)
Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.
Our lesson says, “Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending. Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed, and then gives way entirely to what remains forever past its highest reach.”
Today, let’s contemplate our desire to free the world of its suffering by letting go of the cause of suffering in our own minds.