Is Ego Just an Illusion?Channeled by DAVID GREGG
This piece of channeling arose during a discussion I had with Michael about the seemingly illusionary nature of ego (or false personality). To my surprise, the channeling ignited some debate on the MT discussion list, and I have posted my rebuttal to that following the channeling.
What if we told you that ego was an illusion? Would it persuade you to examine those darker underpinnings within that create havoc in your life and the lives of others? Would it convince you to accept more responsibility for your actions, both positive and negative? Then we shall unequivocally state that ego is indeed an illusion, an illusion of the mind that sustains itself on a steady diet of fear-based emotions and beliefs -- all while bearing no discernable outline in the body or a definable energy like the soul. Ego is merely a manifestation of wants and cravings cast into an ephemeral form that dissipates as soon as the mental projector in the mind is shut off.
Ego is the house that false personality built, but the foundation is shaky and is mostly held together by negative, transitory emotions.
To illustrate, in your world all things are transitory, and that, of course, includes the ego. Nothing is permanent and nothing is truly real. Even the atoms that bind matter together are in a constant state of flux. More importantly, ego lives in the past and the future. It cannot exist in a mental state where reality thrives. Like physicists postulate the existence of matter and anti-matter, ego could be postulated as anti-reality. Ego can only exist in the worlds of what once was or what will be. In the present, the ego lacks the binding elements of fear to form a real identity.
Only in states of fear can ego be defined in your world. Fear is the life-blood of ego, the alpha and omega. Fear, however, has no tangible form. Fear is just fear and ego is just illusion.
Rebuttal to the Channeling
I received some noisy rebuttals to my piece about ego as an illusion. People feel they are losing part of themselves if they agree with that statement. Here's my reply:
As I said before, this was a short piece of channeling from what will be something considerably more extensive. It's out of context. I would not take it so literally. Some of the comments, however, demonstrate the fear that arises when one talks about extinguishing the chief features and false personality.
As a rule, false personality will tenaciously fight for its existence and use every justification at its disposal to continue that existence. But it's all a lie. False personality is simply a collection of fear-based, habitual patterns we have accumulated in life. They are knee-jerk reflexes, in a way, to other people and our life experiences as a whole. It's stimulus and response, a purely mechanical reaction that's fueled by fearful thinking.
I would not suggest holding onto false personality. It's not the real you. And this is what was being proposed by the idea that the ego is an illusion. Perhaps a better definition might have been that ego is an illusionary part of the self. As Michael has told me, "ego is a manifestation of the mind, not spirit." And we should remember, this definition of ego should not be compared to Western psychology. That's a different arena. In psychology, there is such a thing as a healthy ego. But most spiritual literature these days do not use the term ego in that context.
I would also argue that you are not losing a substantial part of yourself if you don't feed your ego (or false personality). False personality is not a desirable bedfellow. Blaming others for our misfortunes, belittling people to elevate our status, using gossip to destroy reputations, being preoccupied with appearances, feeling jealous or resentful, speaking truth that cuts or wounds, seeking the pain of others to create one's happiness, thinking we are better than others, and self-importance in all guises are painful examples of false personality in action. We can accept these qualities if they reside within us, but we are not losing an essential part of ourselves if we choose to go on without them.
As the human condition shows, we will often find ways to justify false personality as a necessary component of our lives, but once we've learned those lessons (and most of us have spent our whole life learning them), we don't need to repeat them. False personality dies with the body. It never makes it to the astral. True personality, sans the overleaves, DOES. That's worth embracing.
Think of the body as a computer, the mind as software, and the soul as the programmer. The soul initially writes a clean program without errors. But over time, as the life progresses, certain files get corrupted, and the program no longer functions as it was originally intended. The soul inserts updates where it can to keep the program operational, and after the fourth monad, downloads from essence are received to help restore the program to its former functionality. However, negative states in the body create viruses that infect the software (and even the computer), and if the system is not restored, the computer will crash.
If you watch the news these days, you'll see ample evidence of human psyches whose internal software is severely corrupted. People and their inner computer are crashing all over the world. This is false personality at work. Garbage in, garbage out. That's an old computer saying that's still relevant in many ways. In other words, there's nothing wrong with updating our software if it no longer reflects our core values or who we desire to be as a human and a soul.
Ironically, what was suggested regarding loving false personality is one approach to eventually lessening its influence. You can't force it to go away. The more you fight it, the greater it holds. As Carl Jung once said, what you resist, persists. All you can do is neutralize it. Observe when it arises, don't judge it, don't try to change it, and over time, it will arise less often until it eventually fades away. Buddhists call this mindfulness, and it's a useful tool in the spiritual arsenal.
That said, some of the arguments presented will be helpful when I finish my more comprehensive article about the ego and false personality. I'll address each argument as I go along. I'm not suggesting anyone is wrong in their contentions here. I just think there are additional points to consider, and among one of them, to reiterate, "ego is a manifestation of the mind, not spirit." It's not our authentic self.
To add one more thing, if you're on the spiritual path -- not just someone who reacts to life in the manner that their emotions dictate -- you will actively work on yourself as a priority, and this includes lessening the effects of the chief features and false personality.
About David Gregg
David is the webmaster of MichaelTeachings.com and also moderates the Michael teachings discussion list at Yahoogroups. He has been a Michael student since 1996 and began channeling as a tool for spiritual enrichment. He is also a professional musician and plays the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, with a lifetime love for jazz and classical music. He enjoys literature and book collecting, and writes short stories in his spare time.
He occasionally writes reviews and profiles of jazz musicians at his jazz blog, Jazz Reader.
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