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AM THAT I AM vs. “I am”:
Moving Beyond Ego
master is one who awakens and listens to the internal voice of
Truth, of the I Am Presence, and orders his or her life
accordingly. But how do we distinguish the voice of Truth
from the voice of illusion? The voice of illusion, of the
personality or ego self, is very loud and often drowns out the I
Am Presence, which speaks from the silence within. Unless
you can learn to recognize this strident voice of falsity, it
takes over your life. Your sense of Self gets mixed up
with the form you are temporarily inhabiting. This is the
state of humanity at this time.
What is the ego? It is “the unobserved mind itself” and “the
blueprint of dysfunction that every human being carries within”
according to Eckhart Tolle in his wonderful book,
A New Earth;
it is “an imposter pretending to be you.”
Tolle, A New Earth, Namaste
Publishing, Plume, Penguin Group, 2006.)
Long ago humans
became lost in the density of form, and began to identify with
the creation rather than the Creator. We lost our sense of
Oneness and began to feel separate. There is no “I am” or “I
have” except in the illusory psychotic world of the ego.
When spirits began inhabiting physical bodies, originally the
ego served a specific small function; that of survival of that
physical body. But as we became entranced by the physical
senses and lost connection with our greater Self through the
density of form, the ego began to take on a role for which it
was not suited. It began to run the whole show. As it was not
capable to do this, it rapidly became insane.
The ego lives and feeds on anxiety, fear, anger, resentment,
complaining, reactivity, all the emotions and thoughts of
separation. It is constantly trying to convince itself that it
exists, through putting itself forward and trying to make others
seem less, through defining that separation as much as it can.
It needs to feel “special” and better than others, to reinforce
its difference from others. Since it defines itself through
what it has, it can never
have enough. Since form is an illusion, it can never define
itself satisfactorily, so it always WANTS. It lives through
thoughts and emotions; it lives in the past. It can never live
in the present moment.
Attachment to consumer goods, celebrity, status, intellectual or
physical superiority to others are all hallmarks of the ego.
Even attachment to “spirituality”,
or one's being above all that, is a sign of the ego. One of the
greatest weapons against the ego is humor; become aware of
yourself being lost in the illusions of the ego, and laugh at
yourself. Awareness is the first step. Constant vigilance with
humor will disperse the fog of illusion. NOT REACTING to the
ego in others is the best way to help them move beyond this
The I Am Presence, your true Self, exists in the present. When
you become aware of the ego at work in your life, you switch
yourself from focus on thought and emotion (mired in the past)
to the present moment. You can't fight the ego; you can only
become aware of it. As you train yourself to become aware in
the moment, eventually the ego fades away like the illusion that
it is. As Tolle puts it, “The act of recognizing the ego at
work is the act of awakening, of moving beyond its control.”
We must realize that we are bigger than our thoughts, more than
our emotional reactions, much greater than our bodies. We then
reach for connection with our I Am Presence, the part of us that
has never left or lost it's consciousness of it's connection
with Source and all that is, it's Oneness. We awaken to our
true Self. We become aware. We are enlightened.
I Am that I Am.
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On the Ego
Hari Baba and Germain
April 14, 2006
Before you read this I would ask you to get your ego in a
straight line, a straight line behind you (smile). Germain and
I are going to tell you a bit about ego. The first thing we
need to understand is that our true self is not the ego. The
ego is an insane being who may have convinced us we, are true
selves, are it. It is not true.
The thing is, the insane ego is a being or entity who tells us
it is the true us. This being tells us we are victims and are
at the mercy of all things. It tells us “think through the left
brain, this is the place that shows us the truth”. I can tell
you this is not true, although you may be convinced by this
entity that it is true.
The only way we can see truth is through our hearts in love.
This means we don’t judge, we don’t process about the perceived
threats to our being. The real truth is that there are no
threats except the ones perceived by this insane entity the
ego. For all is love. Live through the heart and you will see
this in action. Who needs to judge? Nobody but the insane ego.
Let me tell you a bit more. This being who has convinced you
that you are it lives in total fear. WHY? Easy one this,
because it is in fear of being found out. It will keep you
running around in circles, “I need to be right, I need to
control all aspects of life, I need to be me, the presence in
3D, me the one who has needs.”
Believe us in truth, no one has needs beyond Divine love. This
is all we need. Remember the biblical saying, “ an eye for an
eye”? If we go on like this it means the whole world becomes
Let’s give the world our love, just that, seeing the perfection
of the Divine in all. Please let God hug you, feel the Source
through your heart and LIVE, in this Divine love and allowance.
If you are not happy with anything just change it in this love.
What else to do, fight? Well the insane ego may try to convince
you this is the way, but the only fight worthwhile is the fight
with the destructive self. Even then LOVE will save you
lifetimes in this
process, for fight and struggle are also an illusion. Remember
who you are, and be that.
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