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Ego and Personality

Ego and Personality

Scattered clues wouldn’t be enough to keep a seeker on the path. A path implies a sequence of events. In this case, since God-consciousness is an inner state, so are the events along the way. One experiences firsthand that ego and personality don’t have to dominate one’s life.

The things they stand for – and tenaciously refuse to let go of – give way to a higher vision. As a model of God-consciousness, Jesus exhibited love, compassion, peace, humility, and intimate knowledge of spiritual truth. All these factors are far removed from the activity of the ego and personality, which focus on limited personal aims like money, possessions, social status, and all manner of hidden fears and anger.

The ego’s stake in its own interests is so powerful, backed up by years of conditioning and inner propaganda, that we may only hear its voice warning us that trying to become spiritual will be disastrous. We will become vulnerable on every front, giving a free hand to fear, aggression, outside enemies, and irrationality.

In a sense, this warning is correct, but only from the ego’s point of view. Higher consciousness seems to spell the end of lower consciousness; therefore, it’s logical for the status quo to fight hard against its own extinction.

The soul possesses another viewpoint. It knows that it is real, but also that it has no intention of annihilating the ego and the personality. Transformation isn’t a war, and the soul never uses psychological violence. After all, no violence is required for a three-year-old child to grow into a four-year-old, with all the inner changes that implies.

The chasm between literacy and illiteracy is huge; the two states have nothing in common, so we can’t force one to turn into the other. We trust in the process of development, and the same holds true for spiritual growth. The more spontaneous it is, the more genuine.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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4:11PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

Thank-you. This gave great clarity.

6:47PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

that was a great article. very beautiful

10:24AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Pain is a learning experience. Hopefully any learning experience helps you see things more clearly, see what is important.

When we were babies/infants, were we self-aware? any more than a puppy would be?

We MUST strive for self-awareness, in spite of what the church may push.

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

My experience has been that transitions often come after pain--any kind of pain. Pain can purify, I think.

1:55PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

funny, i was just thinking about this the last couple of days! i was watching my puppies play with each other, and thinking how they're always so content and innocent, capable of forsaking their training but not by a concept of morality, and wondering how their connection with their Creator exists. i think it is subconscious but very real. truth is, they are different than us because they're aren't aware of their own existence.

is that what we did to fall from grace? and is this not the daily struggle with ourselves, the final plummet that robs our soul of its intended connection to our Creator, our spiritual Life? when Genesis opens the Scriptures to address this initial rife between God and man which initiates man's need for reconnection, for salvation, it is the man who succumbs to the temptation to become self-aware, tempted to be his own god. by becoming so, he forsakes his innocent reliance upon his Creator as the Life provider and begins to question not only his relationship and need for his Creator, but his purpose and quality of life, and spends his life in turmoil to discover and meet his own needs. his soul is no longer in a dynamic rest upon its Life-blood because its sense of direction has become askewed. it's like when you look at a star in the night sky- when you look directly at it, it's dim, but if you look next to it, it becomes bright and clear.

we were maybe never even meant to be self-aware in the strict sense of the word. i wonder if maybe we we

2:21AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us"

1:48PM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

If I may, life is a journey of a spiritual being in a physical body. Letting our ego interfer, on occassion with our journey is not right or wrong, as long as we recognize what is going on. The ego can serve a wonderful purpose, but it can also be dangerous for our journey, if we let it.

I have read The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra, it's a fasinating read. Another book that discusses the ego is Eckhart Toole's A New Earth. One chapter deals with the ego and the pain body...absolutely wonderful.

Each person journey here on earth is there own and I respect that, but I feel compelled to comment on a few things. If you don't believe in a soul that's fine, but many do that doesn't make you right and others wrong. One said that Guru's don't give all their money to others. The real Guru's do just that and live a very, very modest life, just like Mahatma Gandhi. Being a Christian
doesn't make you an expert on Jesus, in fact, I imagine Jesus just might think many of you got it all wrong.

Thanks you.

10:30AM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

"Grace" is not given, it must be earned; but then, "grace" is just a concept...

8:31PM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

Two lines stood out for me "transformation isn't war" and "The more spontaneous it is, the more genuine." I know this spontaneity doesn't come without effort, but my feeling is that it happens through grace.

8:28PM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

Thank you

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