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6 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2009 - 8:38PM #1
Neomonist
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Oddray posted this in another thread. I think this is worthy of it's own thread.


Ego comes in many costumes and keeps manufacturing new ones. Ego thinks creatively, I will give it that. And yet ego doesn't change its colors nor does it show its true colors. I will go so far as to say that anything that is not from love is ego. What in the world is not ego unless it is love?


 


Fear is ego taken aback. Loss and gain are ego presumptions. Embarrassment. Shame. Envy. Selfishness. Blame. You know them well. Perhaps ego appears when you think there is something you have to hold onto. Perhaps even success is ego-based.


 


You have a long list of fault-finding. I hear you say that fault exists, that you didn't make the fault appear. You just point it out. You just want to correct the other person in his best interest. You believe you're doing him a favor. Beloveds, the concept of raising someone to your level may also be ego-based. The Great Ones did not look to see fault. Who wants to look at fault? Without finding fault, you wouldn't try to improve the one sitting across from you. You wouldn't try to capture him and make him what you set out to.


 


Notice that I said the concept of raising someone to your perceived level is ego-based. I did not say the actual uplifting of another is ego-based. And yet people can only raise themselves. By effort, there isn't much you can do.


 


Even despair and depression are ego-based. Reacting is ego-based. Let Me say that again. When you react, when you combat, ego is having a good time at your expense. Ego is quick to take offense and slow to finish. And ego likes to have the last laugh. Ego is a great pretender. He's got you fooled.


 


One premise that you have bought from ego is the idea that you need to be saved. I will tell you that there is nothing for you to be saved from, well, except for the bogeyman which you created! Even your depreciation of yourself is ego having a good laugh at your expense.


 


Ego is such a con-artist.


 


Love fills. Ego empties.


 


Love is spontaneous. It is like an emission. Ego is well-calculated. It calculates itself. It is like a snake. Who do you think the serpent in the Bible was but beguiling ego? Ego slinks in, pretending humility and your defense Ego likes to think of himself as a good guy who is only looking out for you. Ego likes to think that, yet ego is raising its own flag.


 


Ego will zap you. Any victory of ego is short-lived, yet ego thinks of itself as established. Ego puts a foot on your chest and keeps you down.


 


Ego doesn't exist, beloveds. Ego is a made-up guy. You have made him up.


 


Of course I do not favor ego's guises. I favor love. I favor the Truth of you. I favor the authentic.


 


Notice that I do not have any of ego's arsenal in My possession. I possess nothing but love, and I don't really possess that either for I keep giving it away, and yet more always comes back. It is inevitable that I give love and that it is returned. Wherever there is love, I AM. And there is no awayness from love, beloveds.


 


You love that which loves and bolsters you, You don't like that which seems not to love and bolster you. You don't need bolstering. That's an idea you bought. What you need is to give love.


 


No longer adore and safeguard your ego. Beloveds, you have bigger fish to fry.

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2009 - 8:46PM #2
Neomonist
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Dec 8, 2009 -- 8:38PM, Neomonist wrote:


Perhaps even success is ego-based.





This part smacked me upside the head pretty good. I've been trying so hard lately that I've been mentally beating myself up and wearing myself to a frazzle.


Thanks for posting this, Sis.


 

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 09, 2009 - 8:22AM #3
RaymondSigrist
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Wow, great posts, thanks for sharing neo.  There were some women mystics in the middle ages who said that their aim was failure: failure to do things the way they thought they should be done.  They also said that their aim was ruin: a ruining of their ability to do things the way they thought things should turn out.   I hope my desire to change other people is ruined.  If I can have that ruined, love will spontaneously arise.

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 09, 2009 - 10:16AM #4
mystic45
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Great article...telling it like it is. Ego can be so subtle and run so deep that unless you see (live) through it, it will take you on a trip every time, an ego-trip.

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 09, 2009 - 11:26AM #5
Neomonist
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I'm sure you two will understand this. I have been so concentrated on getting published, the last two years are a fog. I've been chasing the monkey instead of watching him.Undecided


 

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 09, 2009 - 12:41PM #6
wonderment
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Our desire to change other people is probably one of the most subtle guises the ego takes. It runs so very deep that oftentimes we just don’t see it. We are blinded by our “rightness” in wanting to help others see the error of their ways; to help them get on the right track; to save them from themselves. When I see myself separated out from the whole by my mind in this way I know the ego has taken over. I’m operating solely from the one-sided perspective of “me” and “other”, and from this point of view there will always be separation and comparison.


I find the exercise of paying attention to the times when I say or think to myself "I should" or "I want" to be a very good one to see how pervasive the feeling of separation is in my everyday life. It’s amazing to see how frequently my thoughts run this way. But the seeing is what brings me up short.  The awareness itself is what propels me back to right here, right now.


Life itself doesn’t separate. Life just lives. It’s intimate with all things because it is all things. From this perspective “right action” does itself. The irony is that the more we let go of wanting/needing to do the right thing, the more the “right thing” gets done.


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6 years ago  ::  Dec 12, 2009 - 6:30AM #7
BIRK
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Labels can be our best friend as well as our worst enemy.


We are just as guilty when we take anothers ego based jugement and make it our own reality.


 

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 12, 2009 - 6:46AM #8
BIRK
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The analogy of Light is one of my favorite,next to another with Cookies.


   If a great Bright light traveled to every dark place, it would only find itself.


  "I Am The Light, I am The Way."


    The part that was cut out should read, According to "Birks Bible"


   "I AM THE LIGHT, I AM THE WAY, AND SO ARE YOU.
     Whether you could ever accept this or not has no bearing on what you are."

 


 


 

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 12, 2009 - 1:27PM #9
Neomonist
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Thanks for the link, Sis. Wonderful site.

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 13, 2009 - 11:26PM #10
Neomonist
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Dec 13, 2009 -- 11:22PM, Oddray wrote:


here's one from the archives tht i love!


Put aside your theories, and let life be what it is when it is. Naturally, you like to make summations of life, as though you have a grip on it. But the progression of life as it is lived on earth eludes you. Life is much more than any theory or definition. Just as soon as you decide that life is one thing, right before your very eyes, it turns into another.




Just when you think you have the answer, the question changes. Wink

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