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An Example of the Limitation of the Ego

Originally, we, non-physical consciousness, interacted without predefined notions of ourselves, ie man and woman.  We reflected eachother accurately, changing our behavior to match the interaction.  If we were positive, we resonated with the most positive attributes of the other.  Our interaction was then based on our true self (soul self), how we were feeling at the time (true from the heart feeling) with the other acting as a mirror.  If no one else matched, then there was no interaction with another person.  There still could be with life, or energy in general.  We were in the flow of our energy (the energy created by the thoughts of our consciousness which matched our soul feelings), not confined to a definition of ourselves that defied resonating with another soul. As in, acting as mirrors to each other, as our soul selves.  We brought out in each other our current state of mind.  

As we experienced physicality and formed personalities with definitions of ourselves, our interactions became less a reflection of each other and more a holding of energy patterns despite resonant frequencies.  In this new state, when holding onto an identity, we stay the same no matter who we are interacting with.  This requires effort, creates discordance, and we are no longer out true selves.  Our sense of self becomes the feeling of our physical body, not the feeling from our ‘heart’.  Instead of listening to the thoughts associated with our true feelings, we listen to the thoughts in the shared mind/brain of the physical body.  These thoughts are mapped to the sensations of the physical body.  The physical body is created from our very being – our consciousness as it exists in ‘formlessness’. 

Formlessness is existence as experienced in the dream state, less dense, more ethereal.  That version of us, our actual selves, interacts with physical energy and creates physical manifestations as a result of our thoughts and feelings.  Our actual feelings are translated to feelings in the body.  Our thoughts are mapped to a form of communication, such as language.  This translation is our experience in physicality.  To interact truly as ourselves, we need to still the mind of the body and listen to our thoughts associate with our true feeling.  We associate our true feeling with the soul, located in the heart.

For true interaction, without ego, without an identity of personality, we would be open to discovering ourselves with every interaction.  Not knowing how the interaction will go, but just experiencing it.  In this way, we reflect eacother.  However, in physicality, we may end up preferring a personality or traits and hang onto the energy patterns of those traits within our physical body.  This requires holding energy, no matter the interaction, thereby preventing the unhindered flow of it.  When this happens, we are no longer reflecting each other.  We are determined to be a specific, defined set of behavior patterns, even if it makes us look insane.  At this point of commitment to our identity, we see this as ourselves.  We no longer see ourselves as our soul self, the self of consciousness, our true energy.  We see ourselves as the energy of physicality.  Energy we are holding in place, no matter how exhausting, or painful it is.  We fear to let go of this identity, this ego, for fear of losing ourselves and no longer existing.  We have lost the ability to just flow as a consciousness.

This is the limitation of the ego.  Considering we are eternal consciousness, we have been around for awhile.  Some have been interacting with and around the energies of Earth for awhile in the form of re-incarnation.  During each incarnation, a personality is formed during our life as our experience unfolds and we adhere to our beliefs or betray them.  We most likely have incarnated as both a man and a woman.  All of these personalities are energy patterns in our subconscious, or our consciousness.  Each personality had interactions with other people, consciousnesses during its lifetime.  These people, who may also be re-incarnating, may have repeated interactions with us over many lifetimes. We would have patterns of interaction with them in our subconscious, so that even if we don’t recognize the person consciously, we do subconsciously.  Our consciousness, soul self recognizes the energetic signature of their soul self regardless of the physical energy of their body.  These patterns are habits.  Since we are no longer flowing freely in energetic interactions, we will try to hold the current personality energy as the previous life one tries to activate through resonance from previous interactions.   This feels uncomfortable, produces unwanted feelings because we don’t feel ourself.  For example, we may have sensations of sexual attraction, promiscuity come forth because in a previous life we were lovers with the other person.  In this life you are married and that wouldn’t be acceptable, so you deny the resonance and hold onto your current definitions,

Since we have been around a long time, with this behavior, we are fighting ourselves and our understanding of ourselves.  Our current personality may not be the most preferred, but we are so resolute about adhering to definitions that, even if the heart calls, we ignore it, to our own detriment.  Our soul self feels it as pain. Because we have lost our sense of our true self and are no longer free.  We are slaves to our definitions of ourselves and our beliefs.  Beliefs can change.  And the belief that we need to define ourselves is one that we would benefit from letting go.  If we let ourselves respond to others as our heart dictates, we would discover ourselves more quickly, would work through our beliefs more quickly and would discover the other souls we cherish more quickly.

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The Nature of Thought

This topic came to mind when I was reading an article in Shambala Sun Magazine written by a person diagnosed with OCD.

When paying attention to your thoughts, they should appear as gentle impressions, not words.  The impression is a feeling sense which can be accompanied by an image or impression in your mind which feels like you are trying out the idea mentally.  As an example, if you think about music, you may have a gentle feeling sense of sitting with headphones on listening to your favorite songs.  If you are hearing words in your mind, it is because you are either talking to yourself, as in inner dialogue, or you are imagining talking to someone else.  Important:  if you are not consciously talking to yourself or someone else in your mind, and you still hear ‘thoughts’ as words, then a non-physical entity is expressing thoughts in your mind.  In this instance, try talking back as if you are talking to someone else who is generating those thoughts.  

Mindfully watch your thoughts to see if they answer back.  If you receive unexpected images in your mind which seem out of place, then they may be coming from someone else.  These someone elses are people currently not incarnated in bodies, but who exist as conscious beings like we do after our bodies die. The universe is populated beings such as ourselves in a less physically sense form.  These beings are more commonly experienced via channelling, such as Abrahams-Hicks.  They can perceive our reality by interacting with humans (which are the same type of beings, but currently embodied) and looking through our eyes or looking at the images we generate by looking.  They can also perceive through the eyes and bodies of animals.  They consist of people who were human at one time and who possibly have never been human.  If they are interacting with your consciousness, which can include your subconscious, you will perceive thoughts they want you to hear and images they want you to see.  By watching your mind and perceptions carefully, you can tell if an outside thought or image appears.  

For Example:  OCD (Shambala Sun Mag), Matt Bieber

“An OCD cycle typically begins with intrusive thoughts—unwanted, painful ideas or images that invade my consciousness, triggering profound fear and anxiety. This is the “obsessive” part of OCD, and it can arise anytime. Sitting here typing, for example, I sometimes feel modest pain in my fingers, and my mind kicks into gear: You’re typing too much and causing permanent damage to your hands. Feel those little irritations at the second knuckle of your left ring finger? Those are the harbingers of arthritis.

Then tension begins to build, and I feel as if I will drown if I don’t take immediate action. Here’s where the mental terrorists make their demands. Type slower. Put your wrist guards on. Stop typing altogether. Then you won’t have to feel this way. These are the OCD “compulsions”—ritualized behaviors meant to alleviate anxiety.

The whole process is immensely confusing, in part because I don’t have a handle on the source of my intrusive thoughts. Some of them do bear at least some relationship to reality—repetitive stress injury does happen—even if the fears and risks I imagine are unlikely. Sometimes, however, the intrusive thoughts part company with reality entirely. While putting my glasses on, for example, I might imagine that I’ve inadvertently scratched my eye with my fingernails. A whole host of potential repercussions is generated: an inability to read or write and finally, blindness itself. Terrified, I scan my memory. Do I remember any contact between my fingers and my eyes? Did I feel any pain? The fear flooding my system distorts everything, and I find myself unable to recall events from even a moment ago.”

If something feels like an intrusive thought, it probably is.  The fear comes in because it seems to be a part of you that is completely out of your control.  But it may be as simple as thoughts coming from another consciousness that is communicating with you.  If you establish a recognition that the thoughts are not your own, you reject them and address them as if they are coming from a visitor, then you gain more control over your own thought process.  The thoughts may seem negative because you are fearful and the interaction becomes one based on fear.  The consciousness communicating may be someone trying to bother you, which comes in the form of, ‘he hee, let’s play with the unaware person and see his reaction’.  I’m sure there are also positive interactions, but people don’t usually call it a disorder and take medication for those.  They may call it inspiration. 

The fact remains that we are eternal beings and once we release ourselves from these bodies, we still exist.  Some people remain attached to human life and want to interact with humans, but humanity doesn’t interpret these interactions as with anything other than themselves.  That is why psychological disorders exist, such as multiple personality and OCD.  We do not accept, as a common part of human life, that we are consciousnesses that are a part of a universe filled with consciousnesses that are both as physical as we are and less physical.  People who have very negative interactions with less physical beings call these beings demons.  Demons are basically dead people or consciousnesses that have never bee human who want to torment a human and possibly possess him.  Possessing would be done in a way similar to channelling where the other consciousness will come in and share your head with you.  You can actually perceive the other awareness looking.

If humanity can integrate the concept of interaction with all levels of reality into our Earthly paradigm of existence, we would reduce the fear of death, the fear of psychological disorders, the fear of the unknown, and increase awareness of our own minds, thought processes, and continued interaction we have even after incarnating.  We just need to become aware of it and mindfulness training is a great way to do it.  

Carry water and chop wood is a zen example of the path to enlightenment.  I believe this is so that you have simplified your life and slowed it down so much that you can now observe your every thought and impression.  Sometimes you may catch one that wasn’t yours.  Sometimes one may answer back.  

Discussion: How Do You Stop Thought?

I’d like input from readers on techniques you use to stop  thoughts.  Thoughts are interpretation of impressions you sense when interacting with the environment.  First you observe, then you receive an impression and translate this impression into thoughts.  The thoughts, if you pay attention to them, become a story about what you are observing.  If you could stop at the initial impression without generating and following thoughts, then you would be open to a different experience that you might have missed.  The train of thoughts, if followed would create a story or definition which limits the experience, than if you just observe and let the experience unfold.

A technique I use is to fully focus on what I am observing, with my full awareness taking in all of my surroundings.  Since my attention is captivated by observing, I don’t even think about thinking.

Other methods might include meditation, filling the head with music (which I also do), concentrating on a simple mantra while observing, concentrating on the breath, or just giving the mind something to do to distract it from what you are observing (visualizing a simple image, like a shape for instance).  If you do see a thought, the you can visualize hitting it out of the park with a baseball bat as it passes by without engaging it.

Please share any techniques you use to quiet the mind and stop your thoughts.

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