The 5 Mindsets of Your Ego

“A man of knowledge chooses a path with a heart and follows it and then he looks and rejoices and laughs and then he sees and knows. He knows that his life will be over altogether too soon. He knows that he, as well as everybody else, is not going anywhere. He knows because he sees. A man of knowledge endeavors and sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like any ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under control.”  Carlos Castanada

I was recently engaged in conversation concerning the superiority of humans over the many animal and insect species, plant and stone families on our beautiful planet. The comment made to me was something about God blessing us with being the superior species. It was an interesting concept and one I had been raised to believe as a Catholic. However, I have come to seriously question this belief about our lofty superiority. It is this type of thinking that has forced humanity into an environmental quicksand that may prove our undoing. The point here is not to judge or condemn, but to question our entitlement to wreak havoc with our fellow beings and this precious planet we depend upon for our life.

First and foremost we are a species that poisons its own food, water and air. In the wild this would be considered the utmost insanity and not too smart, if we have any intention of surviving. The naiveté of many people when confronted with executives who make the decisions concerning toxic chemicals, adulterated food or excessive carbon emissions, is that they “really mean well and have no idea how harmful mercury, dioxin, PCP’s, pesticides and genetically altered foods can be to children’s health. Otherwise, how could they sleep at night knowing the horrible things that are happening just so they can make a living?”

Time to wake up and smell the organic coffee brewing, folks. Those executives do know and they still continue to poison their own family and yours. Do not try to rationalize their actions or you will make excuses to justify those actions and that is exactly what they want you to do. One of the challenges we face as human beings is to live from our ego. Then it is all about YOU—your need to be right, to be in control, to be justified in your actions. When you are able to recognize the manipulation of your ego, you can learn to use it for a greater good, rather than for a selfish and destructive act. The intention is not to attempt to kill off your ego, but to include it in the process of learning to love unconditionally.

Next: The 5 Mindsets

David Richo, in his book, How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving, outlines the five fundamental mindsets of ego that interrupt our ability to be here now and that distort reality. The five mindsets—fear, desire, judgment, control, and illusion—should not be viewed as bad. Each of these mental afflictions have a particular energy that can be used for positive mindfulness. The point is not to attempt to rid yourself of these mindsets but to channel their energies to work for, rather than against, you in relationships and when confronted with aggressive actions by others intent on harming your environment.

Fear can be a warning to be more cautious.
Desire allows you to open and reach out to others.
Judgment fosters viewing a situation with intelligence.
is needed to maintain some stability in your everyday life.
Fantasy stimulates the imagination and fosters creativity.

When we, as human beings, learn how to befriend these mindsets, we gain useful tools to support our spiritual growth and awakening.

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Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

interesting and thanx

Susan L.
Susan L.5 years ago

Those who enjoyed this comment would enjoy Carol Anthony and Hanna Moog's "I Ching; The Oracle of the Cosmic Way." It interprets the ancient Chinese Book of Changes from just this perspective. The more of us who understand the reality of this, the better off the world will be.

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

Thank you - This is an excellent article. It is beyond my understanding that so many people are so out of touch with our earth and animals. It has been a big shock that this is so prevalent in North America - but then it could be that my expectations were too high.

Andrea Connelly
Andrea Connelly5 years ago

Sorry, Delia, I forgot to say thank you for your article.

Andrea Connelly
Andrea Connelly5 years ago

Don't know what went wrong with Catholicism, but Noah, before, supposedly brought all creatures and living things into his Arc because God told him to do so. To me it always meant, save all life that you can as you will need each other to survive.
But before Noah, God gave us "Dominion" over all living things,
Should have been much more careful with the word "DOMINION". It is too bad that people are made to see only one interpretation of it. To base religious thought, on control, subjugation, elimination, just because that is the assumed meaning of one word is more than horrifying. It almost forbids the Judeo-Christian traditions and the Catholic religion to promote a "green way" of living, condoning greed, and the uncontrolled growth of humanity, thereby condemning the Planet and all Life on it to doom. I was raised a Catholic and still go to Church for the good things that it offers, like the 10 commandments, but the future of my family, friends and their families and all living things is a lot more important than semantics and the correct interpretation, (nothing more than an intellectual excercise and battle of words) of the Two Testaments. So far, they have been Testaments only to destruction. In my view anyways.

Lupe G.
Guadalupe G.5 years ago

Like everyone keeps repeating here; there would be no troubles if man would get over his ego. Vanity is what creates problems.

Maria Papastamatiou

I believe that we are co-habitants of the planet. If we are cleverer than the other species, then our responsibility is greater, because we harm our common home and there is no excuse to do so. According to the Bible, the Lord said that we should multiply but it is nowhere stated that we should destroy His creation. A small note also: The greek word "Cosmos", which in English is translated into "world", literary means "jewel, adornment". Let's strive to keep the world up to this expectation.

Vera T.
Vera T.5 years ago

Most people live under the misguided impression that they have dominion over all other species, not true. The way humans are stuffing up this earth they are not so intelligent. Isn't it too ghastly when atrocities like wild life trafficking, drugs, human trafficking, porn and arms generates millions of dollars a year - what does that say about us lot ?

Carole Cherne
Carole Cherne5 years ago

Interesting and thought-provoking, thanks!

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

thanks for sharing.