The Ego is the most questioned and misunderstood part of the metaphysical journey. Defining what the Ego is can be far easier than conquering it. The Ego is your proverbial blessing and curse. It is your identity as an individual and must be developed in order to advance your consciousness. This identity is what separates you from the masses and allows you to stand unique. While the separation or uniqueness is ultimately an illusion, it is a necessary part of your development in order to recognize the internal spiritual being used to develop your higher consciousness. The ego is an insecure and unpredictable character with an insatiable appetite. Its primary motivation is self-importance. It is also the primary drain on your energy and the power you possess. The ego is imagination and memory rolled into one and is protected and driven by the self. This is not you, but an extension of the illusion of you. The ego hates change and unpredictability, wanting to be comfortable and follow a routine at all cost. That is how it maintains the illusion and control. While developing this uniqueness is a necessary part in the evolution of your consciousness, it must not be
Recently the word change has become a frequently used word in our vocabulary. Our financial institutions are promoting a change in the lending practices, our government is looking to change our economy, the younger generations are imploring a change in policy concerning our environment and the older adults want a change in the healthcare system. But what really does it mean to change? I looked up the word in the dictionary and found it to mean to substitute, alter or vary. Change implores doing something different than what you are presently doing. Why, then, must it be qualified as good or bad? Is change not just changing? Change itself is the act of doing, it is not the outcome. By doing you are neither good nor bad, you just are. Such fear has been associated with the word change. Our society developed a phobia against any kind of change. The outcome is too unpredictable to chance; we would rather do nothing at all and complain about it than to chance a change for the better. Has the ego and self become so powerful that we are no longer able to move forward in a progressive direction? Logic tells us that
Destruction is a process of taking down and rebuilding, of cleansing a space to rebuild anew. It can enter with a tremendous force, with a loud noise, and a widespread devastation. It can also enter unknowingly in the shadow of darkness, creeping silently, stealth-like just below the radar of detection. Such is the way an illness enters the body, and consumes everything in its path. With no conscious knowledge of its existence, only the symptoms of weakness, fatigue and aching are the precursors for the impending turmoil which is about to unfold. Nagging joints, a tired worn out feeling and weakness are just signs of age and a very active lifestyle, or so she convinced herself. She will slow down and take some time for herself when the kids are grown, the business takes off, the holidays are over, or someday. But what if someday is today? Silence can be an eerie feeling. Soothing music on the radio paired with the winding country road; bring a nice break from the chaos of the day. Nature’s beauty is found along the ditches and through the wide open countryside. Appreciation for the beauty of life is often overlooked until a crisis overtakes
When we first began to evolve consciously, we automatically begin to receive opposite-sex energy. It comes in naturally from the energy in the universe. But we must be careful, because if another person comes along who offers this energy directly we can cut ourselves off from the true source. Most parents compete with their own children for energy, and that has an effect on all of us. Because this competition is taking place, none of us have resolved this opposite-sex issue. We are all stuck at the stage where we are looking for our opposite-sex energy outside of ourselves, in the person of a male or female we can think of as ideal and magical and can possess sexually. Using a female child as an example, all little girls know the first attempts to integrate her male side is through her father. She wants him around and close to her all the time. Looking for the male energy to compliment her female side she draws this from her father. From the male energy she receives a sense of completion and euphoria. But she mistakenly thinks that the only way to have this energy is by keeping her father close physically.
Resistance to change in inevitable, and yet growth and expansion cannot occur without it. Change is simply taking a known idea or process and expanding on it in a different direction. That known process or idea is referred to as the “common ground”. In business, as in life, a process or idea is put into place and utilized to reach an expected goal; an example of this could be found at the local retail checkout counter. Three feet before the register is a stand of under a dollar items, simply displayed and yet never advertised. These items are stocked more in the store than any other counter; why you ask, because as you wait in line to purchase your items you browse in boredom, scanning this counter. Over three quarters of people in this line will pickup and purchase at least one of these items. The goal of selling these products is obtained. Now we want to increase the profitability of the store. I choose to use the same register display concept, but increase the price point by seventy-five cents per item. I have used the “common ground” principle and changed it to achieve my new set of goals; increased
The gentle flow of a river over the rocks, cutting through the land, passing the plants forever grounded along its shore line, brings to mind the path of least resistance our lives rarely take, but often seek. With little resistance the water cuts down through the land, cutting a path and leaving behind a rich soil to which the plant life are grounded and thrive. Plant life anchors into the land, just as the values and principles we hold so precious anchor us to the belief system from which we base the thoughts and actions of our daily lives. Our lives too flow through obstacles of challenge and strife, meeting lessons and mirrors head on an endless journey to our destiny. The river chooses a path of least resistance to reach the mighty ocean, but we choose a path of turmoil and resistance. The rivers waters may move at a gentle pace or a swift current, but the vision is never lost and the easiest path is always taken. Rarely do you meet a soul that has adopted the rivers philosophy of ease and persistence. It is difficult to comprehend why a soul would choose hardship and pain to obtain