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In the Condemning Of Ego and Mind Be Love.

Here is a thought led by heart.

Nature is perfection. God, as the great creator of all things has created the human experience. We belong to many worlds at once and in this experience we can discover and remember who we are in our totality. By the act of finding Truth in the Love that moves all things in nature and in the different worlds we are linked to.

Mind, ego, personality are things that enable this experience. They are precious gifts given by the Great Creator, just so we can have the joy of finding our Truth in the Love that we are. Instead of negating any part of our totality, inviting one to shower any aspects of separation with love might lead you to see how beautiful your mind, given to you by God, is. Because it allows you to create the dream you are living right now and to experience this life in the way it is. Your ego too has an important service to you, without it you would be still merged into the cosmic soup, but when you shower the ego with the pure love of light, given to you by God to find out how perfect you are, the ego loses its negative aspects and becomes another important and special note in the perfect symphony of creation that is you.

It’s your personality that carries the story of you, and the traits you will find within yourself so you can discover the joy of being way more than your identity. Then you can start remembering your other identities. The collective of identities you have been in the past lives you lived that make part of your cosmic story. Then you can find out the collective of souls you make part of beyond those identities.. You can discover different aspects of yourself.. in different dimensions, in different worlds, you can become more of your own totality and discover more of your truth.

You may also go beyond all that and discover your Nothingness and your Real Truth.

So from that place although thoughts, feelings, forms, time, space or identity might not exist..

From that place, you will see the perfection of the All of Creation.

There will be no need to fight the ego or condemn the mind.

So why not practice that Now?

Be the love you are in all aspects of your life if you are going to spend time debating about those things or putting your energy into a spiritual path.

Practice the act of being Truth, and simply Be Love.

No more rejection, no more. Because all is perfect. Because all is well.

Be Aware of who You Truly Are.

Thanks for Reading,

Love and Light.

Sabrina Santos

C.G Jung – The Four Major Archetypes

The term “archetype” has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means “original or old”; and typos, which means “pattern, model or type”. The combined meaning is an “original pattern” of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.

The psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, used the concept of archetype in his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions.

Most, if not all, people have several archetypes at play in their personality construct; however, one archetype tends to dominate the personality in general. It can be helpful to know which archetypes are at play in oneself and others, especially loved ones, friends and co-workers, in order to gain personal insight into behaviors and motivations.

C.G Jung listed four main categories of archetypes:

  1. The Shadow
  2. The Anima
  3. The Animus
  4. The Self

The Shadow is a very common archetype that reflects deeper elements of our psyche, where ‘latent dispositions’ which are common to us all arise. It also reflects something that was once split from us in early management of the objects in our lives.

We may see the shadow in others and, if we dare, know it in ourselves. Mostly, however, we deny it in ourselves and project it onto others. It can also have a life of its own, as the Other. A powerful goal that some undertake is to re-integrate the shadow, the dark side, and the light of the ‘real’ self. If this can be done effectively, then we can become ‘whole’ once again, bringing together that which was once split from us.

Our shadow may appear in dreams, hallucinations and musings, often as something or someone who is bad, fearsome or despicable in some way. It may seduce through false friendship or threaten with callous disregard. Encounters with it, as an aspect of the subconscious, may reveal deeper thoughts and fears. It may also take over direct physical action when the person is confused, dazed or drugged.

” To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle. ”

– Book: Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology” (1959). In CW 10. Civilization in Transition. P.872

Anima and Animus  are female and male principles that represent this deep difference. Whilst men have a fundamental animus and women an anima, each may also have the other, just as men have a feminine side and women a masculine. Jung saw men as having one dominant anima, contributed to by female members of his family, whilst women have a more complex, variable animus, perhaps made of several parts.

Jung theorized the development of the anima/animus as beginning with infant projection onto the mother, then projecting onto prospective partners until a lasting relationship can be found.

The Self – For Jung, the self is not just ‘me’ but God. It is the spirit that connects and is part of the universe. It is the coherent whole that unifies both consciousness and unconsciousness. It may be found elsewhere in such principles as nirvana and ecstatic harmony. It is perhaps what Jaques Lacan called ‘the real’.

Jung described creation of the self as a process of individuation, where all aspects are brought together as one. Thus ‘re-birth’ is returning to the wholeness of birth, before we start to split our selves into many parts.

Jung said that there are a large number of archetypes. These are often linked to the main archetypes and may represent aspects of them. They also overlap and many can appear in the same person. For example:

Family archetypes:

  • The father: Stern, powerful, controlling
  • The mother: Feeding, nurturing, soothing
  • The child: Birth, beginnings, salvation

Story archetypes:

  • The hero: Rescuer, champion
  • The maiden: Purity, desire
  • The wise old man: Knowledge, guidance
  • The magician: Mysterious, powerful
  • The earth mother: Nature
  • The witch or sorceress: Dangerous
  • The trickster: Deceiving, hidden

Animal archetypes:

  • The faithful dog: Unquestioning loyalty
  • The enduring horse: Never giving up
  • The devious cat: Self-serving

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Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

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C.G Jung Book: Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology

Navigating Through The September Intensity With Grace

It’s obvious by now that September is quite an intense month. We can all feel it and many talk about it. As usual, during intense moments like these, some people will flip out, some will panic and go into fear, some will be very confused and will be thrown off balance. We all have those moments. Our balance is being challenged, in order to eventually integrate a higher state of balance. It’s all normal, whatever normal is.

I see September’s energy moving in eddies, like a whirl of energy flowing through All and everything, changing things from the most subtle levels. This movement in eddies, this whirl is not to be feared at all, on the contrary. It’s swooping everybody off their feet, cleansing the energies, making room for the Soul Source to merge with our current human beingness, therefore deepening the harmonious balance within. These eddies, they come in gently, but raw, stripping the layers of illusion off. This is truly a time for celebration for many are coming ” home. “

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It might look like the opposite, there won’t be rainbows, butterflies and sunshine all the time, sometimes it’s muddy and cloudy, but there is beauty and blessings hiding in those dark clouds and muddy waters as well, there always is. Reflect upon that for a few moments and see examples in your own life where blessings were expressed, but you could not really see them for what they really are in the moment. And even in those moments, when your sight was clouded by your mind, the feeling in your heart was crystal clear, wasn’t it so ?

You might have not paid too much attention to it though, the mind was too busy judging experiences from a positive and negative dualistic perception and reacting to that judgement with fear and anxiety, but the feeling was still there, waiting for the mind to calm down, in order for you to become aware of it, in order to provide you with the answers of your questions, the wisdom of the heart.

The feeling is neutral, it embraces each experience for what it is. The feeling can see deeper than that experience, it sees through it. It’s transparent, very simple yet so complex. A feeling in one moment can tell you more than ten thousand thoughts and words.

Your feeling is your best navigator, your best guide. In times of great change, we have to take time to sit still in the mind and dig deeper in the feeling, for the truth of the situation we are experiencing. There’s a Universe that lies within each of us, but can only be accessed through the portal of the Heart.

Change is here. Big changes. It’s extremely important to see these changes from the perspective of the higher mind, which is what naturally happens when we walk through the portal of the heart, our thinking patterns align with our heart’s wisdom, they connect and merge/unify. That involves seeing the bigger picture and trust me, I get it, in the moment it’s very damn hard to see the bigger picture, but reminders are everywhere, you are powerful master, creator and creation and support is always given. It’s only a matter of presence/awareness and learning to recognize it. Practice.

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Observe how you respond or react to changes. You can choose to react to them, which implies going into fear, panicking and resisting the changes, unnecessarily causing yourself a great amount of frustration, sadness, irrational thinking patterns and energy blockages or you can choose in every moment to flow through the changes, allow them to occur and adopt a surrendering state of being. With all that being said, bear in mind that all changes, literally all of them, benefit you and your highest good in every moment. All changes, no matter how they look in the moment, bring with them the highest outcome there can be in every moment, chosen and created by you.

The surrendering state I am talking about is not the same as being passive, but the opposite. A true master who is embodying the art of surrendering knows that to surrender is to create and navigate the flow and they know to move with the energies at play. As always, practice makes the master. It is the case of mastering surrendering as well. It involves dissolving the limitations of the “smaller” self, not because there is anything wrong with the small self (ego self), it is an expression of the Soul.  It’s all Soul at the end of the day. From a higher perspective, it is only a matter of choice and what we want to experience, embody and align with.

The small self dissolves and we transcend in the Presence of the Soul. That is because the role of the small self has come to an end. It taught us the things we needed and wanted to learn, we are grateful for the experience of it, but move forward on the path of the Soul. And the next step is expansion through transformation, self-mastery, unification of all we are – fully connecting and embodying our universal and galactic nature and all that really means , however it expresses in everybody’s lives. It is one of the most delightful, soul fulfilling experiences we can have and truly living in the moment, living the ascension, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

How To Transcend The Ego

Ego is one of the most talked about concepts in the spiritual community and nonetheless the most misunderstood and misperceived. I know I am touching on a sensitive subject, but try to keep an open mind and heart when reading, as that always leaves space for expansion. As always, use your discernment.

In order to transcend dualistic perceptions of the ego, we must first let go of the judgement of bad and good, wrong and right and start looking at things from a higher perspective, which is always neutral, always from a place of awareness. As we transcend dualistic perceptions, there will be no mental distortions and we can see things with greater clarity, as they are and the part they play in creation.

From experience, I say fighting, ” killing”, blaming and hating the ego is the most self-sabotaging, harmful thing we can do to ourselves and if we are doing it to ourselves, we are inevitably treating others the same.

Individuals who understand self-love and who truly love, accept and embrace all they are as human beings, as well as their universal nature, will never separate Soul from Ego. They have unified all the aspects within themselves. They have transcended lower aspects into more Soul-aligned aspects which inevitably creates a higher vibrational experience.

In the end, the ego is just a Soul expression that allowed us to experience duality. The simple awareness of that can create a big change within and a feeling of harmony and your relationship with yourself. It clearly served us well and did the trick, but if we want to return to our pristine nature, we must now merge all our aspects, ego/”shadow self” including. We do that not by constantly being in conflict with ourselves, constantly being at war with the ego, but by acknowledging, embracing, transcending and integrating deeper states of self-love and compassion for ourselves.

Awareness in the present moment of now is all we really need to transform, transmute and transcend in order to bring more Soul into our beingness. The rest comes naturally when we make a constant soul-fueled effort to become the highest aspect of ourselves we can be.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Ego Is The Source Of Suffering AND Contentment

“Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.” ~ Max Planck

One could argue, such as the Buddha, that the ego is the source of all the suffering on an individual level. Yet the ego is not just the cause of one’s pain; as the source of one’s sense of Self, it’s also the key to where our uniqueness, contentment and happiness is found.

I Am Me

So, what is our ego? For the purpose of this article, when I say ego, I mean the part of us that thinks and feels I am Me.

To elaborate, it’s the beliefs that we have about ourselves. It’s all of our thoughts, feelings and memories. It’s what explains us as separate from everything else, including our body. Therefore, it is the combination of our rational, moral, intuitive and instinctual capacities.

That means that even the ways in which we experience love and conceptualise the unity of existence, is filtered through our egoic self. This is contrary to what is usually discussed about the ego. It is sometimes exclusively portrayed as the negative, self-absorbed aspect of the personality. But the ego can also be open, kind and giving; it is everything, both negative and positive, about who we are.

What, then, is not our ego?

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.” ― Chögyam Trungpa

It’s our ground state – our pure self. Our individuality is a flame in the eternal fire and our ego is our flame’s heat. The non-ego part of us is our flame – or our spirit – before the ego starts to define it, as well as the entire fire. The fire is of course the unity of reality which different people have different terms for, such as God, the quantum zero-point field or the spiritual conception of cosmic consciousness.

No matter which way we sway, it’s not our awareness or our flame which is our ego, but everything we define our individual awareness as. What we identify as characteristics and beliefs about ourselves are reflections of our ego. It is all our personality traits – both good and bad – which means it can be functional and healthy, or the opposite.

What is the role of the ego?

“The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.” ― Rumi

Our ego is obviously necessary for many reasons. It helps us to maintain a separate self, even if it is fundamentally illusory, so that we can survive and potentially thrive in the third dimensional construct that we find ourselves in. So it’s not going anywhere, nor do we want it to. Given that what we conceive as ourselves, is in fact our ego, we just need to work out how to manage it, or ourselves, in a functional way.

For example, our ego talks to itself. It says: “Hey mate, you’re being foolish.” It also says that we’re being productive, such as “I’m glad you stopped and thought for a moment before you did something silly”. Our ego-voice-of-reason tells our ego-instinct that something is or isn’t the right thing to do. The opposite is also true; our ego instinct can tell our ego rationale that we’re over-thinking in a way that is contradictory to our feelings.

Effectively, our rational ego-self trains itself. It can say: “You’re being illogical, how about you be more reasonable because you’re acting poorly.” It also trains other areas: “You know being angry and sad hasn’t worked well for you in the past, so maybe it’s time to think and feel differently.” It continues:“So now that you say you want to change, I’ll monitor the situation and make sure you do, because we both know how many times you’ve said that before.”

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How does our ego make us suffer?

“The weak are dominated by their ego, the wise dominate their ego, and the intelligent are in a constant struggle against their ego.” ― Hamza Yusuf

All egos have their flaws, which is perfectly okay. However, there’s nothing wrong with developing it either. If our ego is continually angry, self-absorbed, depressed, stubborn or an array of other problematic mind and behavioural states, then there is a clear need for some self-improvement.

That doesn’t mean that we hate these aspects of ourselves, we can love and embrace everything about us even if we want to evolve in certain ways.

For example, if our ego gets really upset about something not going its way or has an unjustified sense of entitlement, then it is dysfunctional and self-abusive. The same goes if it is more likely to react instantly to situations instead of accessing its executive thinking capacity to respond appropriately to the circumstances. If it rubs a lot of people the wrong way, instead of the rare few (well, we can’t please everybody), then it’s not just causing others to suffer, but also itself.

The ego treats itself in different ways, such as being self-harming or self-benefiting. So if it is always hurting itself over and over again then it’s probably setting itself up for failure with too many expectations and too many desires. This might be the case for some of us, although there is a path to relief; all it needs is to give itself some tough love and a little nurturing, however this is a challenging and ongoing process that requires a sustained and self-aware focus.

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What is a strong ego?

“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” ― John Lennon

A big ego isn’t problematic until it executes priorities at the cost of itself and others. There is an old conception that a big ego is inherently delusional and full of itself, however this is just a strong ego that is unhealthy and dysfunctional. A strong ego can have a big confidence in and understanding of itself, but still be healthy; big ego problems arise simply when it is closed to change.

In other words, a big ego might be extremely strong-willed and have conviction in its stance, but for its own health and for the positive impact on others, it needs to undertake a journey of true self-empowerment.

There are many people who have super strong egos, even those people who might be considered an introvert. It really is determined by their complexity and degree of self-determination. Nevertheless, some strong egos have big ego problems and others don’t; generally the difference comes down to whether they truly and deeply care about other people or not. This is obviously highly influenced by their philosophy on reality.

What does a healthy ego look like?

“How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.” ― Joseph Campbell

A functional ego is balanced; it can be a confident, crazy and playful extrovert, but at other times it can also be a creative or vulnerable introvert. It’s a personality which understands itself, with all its strengths and flaws, yet it’s neither excessively self-absorbed nor insensitive to the needs of the people around it.

It is kind and loving. Not just to others, but itself too. It genuinely cares for its world and will sacrifice its desires for another’s benefit. It also lives on the edge and tests its boundaries, but it does so as respectfully as possible.

To be a healthy ego it definitely needs to be open to change, as well as crave it. It needs to be aware of the subconscious drivers that influences its conscious world. It needs to let go of strict future expectations, as well as heal its past traumas on an ongoing basis, which is why meditation can be so effective for ensuring a healthy and functional ego.

What about ego problems?

“Midlife is the time to let go of an over-dominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence.” ― C.G. Jung

Generally, any ego with problems is consumed by itself or suffering from itself. It also causes pain for others. Additionally, an ego with problems sometimes worships itself above all others too.

If we think we may have serious ego problems, then we should ask ourselves the following questions:

• Do we make a scene over little things that don’t go our way?
• Are we so immersed in ourselves that we struggle to have empathy for others?
• Do we excessively love ourselves?
• Is changing and evolving our ego difficult?
• Are we always angry or upset in our daily lives?
• Are we so self-centred that we always put ourselves first?
• Is our image of ourselves and how others view us one of our top priorities?
• Are we spiteful and generally disrespectful towards others?
• Do we continually condemn other people to make ourselves feel better?
• Do we have little compassion for our fellow man?
• Does being overly competitive bring emotional dysfunction to our life?
• Do we aim to tear apart perceived threats with gossip and lies?
• When our ego is hurt, does it hurt really badly?

Answering yes to any of these questions potentially indicates significant problems with our ego. It may even be classified as narcissistic behaviour. That’s because an unhealthy ego wants more; it wants to want more. It doesn’t fully embrace what it has and is therefore not content.

Being unforgiving, resentful, jealous or angry is an unhealthy attachment to our ego desires. It’s unhealthy if our ego says: “I should have had something else than what I got, so I’m going to cause issues for others.” That’s because itself is suffering during that process.

How can we maintain a healthy ego?

“I own and operate a ferocious ego.” — Bill Moyers

There’s nothing wrong with a fiery ego, yet most of us think that the guy acting all ‘road raged’ should chill the hell out. The same goes with that mother going off her nut in the shopping centre because her children are being children. But what about the person obsessed with their image? Or the people who believe they’re better than others and are always trying to prove so?

These are examples of unhealthy ego self-attachment. An ego with problems wants a particular outcome at all costs, or it may feel superior to its fellow man, so when it doesn’t get its ego fix, out comes the ego-monster to rip apart the seams of its injustice.

An ego with problems loves to blame others for how it feels. I call this blamism: “It’s my parents fault for the way they brought me up,” or “it’s the government’s fault for the policies they institute,” or “it’s my ex-partners fault because they broke my heart.” Blaming others is a cop-out; it merely justifies the ego feeling helpless and inhibits it from taking on the responsibility to change itself.

So, let me be clear: the bottom line is we think and feel the way we do because of ourselves and it’s only us that can change it. It’s also important to note that balancing out our ego and managing the aspects of ourselves that could potentially turn out unhealthy and dysfunctional will never end to the day we die, so let’s own it.

Here’s a tip: the single most motivating factor to overcome ego problems is that they cause suffering for everyone involved including ourselves! Do we really want to unnecessarily hurt ourselves and others? I seriously hope not!

The simple fact remains that we have the power to control how we think, feel and act. Living the way of the v-three; that is, virtuous thinking, feeling and action, is absolutely essential for true self-empowerment. If we operate virtuously, we do ourselves and everyone else a service. It’s that easy.

Ultimately, we should aim to have a healthy, functional, contented and loving ego which has a balanced attachment to itself. This means it should be attached in ways that is practical for its existence but not attached in ways that reinforces the pain and suffering of itself and others. That’s how to maintain a nourishing and peaceful ego.

“A bold ego leads itself into the depths of disconnection whilst knowing itself as fundamentally faux.”

By Phillip J. Watt

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

This article was taken from Wake Up World. Original source is here