Do you believe this fundamental delusion?Written by Jean Slatter
Do you adhere to this “fundamental delusion”?
The last post I shared I talked about the “fundamental delusion” that humans have. It’s a belief that there is something inherently wrong with humans; that there will always be some flaw or behavior that makes us “unworthy” and for which we need to atone.
The result: an internal conflict… a constant war within – the spiritual self against the lower ego self. Oh my!
With that sort of an internal conflict, questions like, “how can we be worthy of God, or of being God, when we are so imperfect?”, start to become commonplace in our thoughts…
Well, it is time to put an end to the Fundamental Delusion!
The problem lies in the delusion that we are somehow separate from God, due to our inherent flaws and are only here on earth to work our way back. Saying that we are flawed with this imperfect ego is the same as saying that God has made a mistake, which is a dishonoring of our Creator. Your ego was specifically designed and created to serve a function in duality and to facilitate the creation of your experiences. How could it be otherwise?
Personally, I believe that our personalities are far too complex to be simplified into boxes such as the ego, and I question the very existence of such an entity, at least in the negative connotation. For every unconstructive attribute of what the flawed ego is supposedly made of, you can just as easily find a positive gift and purpose. The saying is: every vice is a virtue and vice versa.
What if there was no such thing as the flawed ego?
Many argue that our ego is where the undesirable and immature behavior patterns of humans reside. But perhaps there is another way to consider this. When a two-year-old throws a temper tantrum because his toy has been taken away, do we say that this child is flawed because he is upset? No. Behavior like this is typical for a two-year-old and no one questions that. Eventually, as the child matures and grows in wisdom, he might even offer to share his toy.
Instead of thinking that humans are inherently flawed (which implies God has made a mistake) what I am suggesting is that everything that has happened in individual lives and thus far in the evolution of human consciousness has been created on purpose, and that we are simply growing up. Characteristics of the ego that seem immature are a necessary part of the evolution. Saying that a mature ego is better can be no more valid than saying a forty year old is a better person than a two year old. It’s simply a natural and necessary process of growing up, spiritually speaking.
Contemplate the writings of W. Timothy Gallwey in The Inner Game of Tennis.
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