Recognizing Ego: A Step towards Spiritual Salvation


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Recognizing Ego: A Step towards Spiritual Salvation_1

Running Head: Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller2The books I chose were A New Earth, Create a Better Life by Eckhart Tolle and The SpiritualChild by Lisa Miller. The reason I chose “A New Earth, Create a Better Life” was simple, I wanted the manual and insight into what constitutes a better life. The version I was living wasnot a bad life, but an empty one, it lacked meaning, purpose and a connective transcendent relationship. I was seeking direction, motivation and mastery in the skill of self-improvement.I chose The Spiritual Child, The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving because I wanted to know how my parenting has impacted on my children health and thriving, even though they are adults they are still my children. I was aware that nurture and nature play significant roles and precursors to social, educational, behavioural outcomes. Had I overlooked their spiritual development in the pursuit of academic development and successes? I wanted to self-reflect on this question. I was curious about the benefits and power spirituality had on a child’s development. A New Earth presented me with many contemplative challenges. To spiritually benefit from reading it I was forced to examine myself. The book offered explanations for the world-view and belief systems I held. Through reading it I became aware of how I had been living and reacting to situations primarily from the unconscious and not from a state of consciousness, awareness and living in the present. “Until the new consciousness, which is awareness based,grows and becomes more firmly established in the human psyche, temporary regression to theegoic state of consciousness ( or rather unconsciousness ) can easily occur. (p,xvi) The solution then is clearly to be aware of the ego because awareness and ego cannot coexist, and to do that one has to awaken. “This books main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift of consciousness, that is to say, to waken.” (Tolle, 2005, p,6,7) Tolle claims that I can awaken tothis shift of consciousness, if I was ready. “An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state.” ( p,7) I had begun the process of “awakening” prior to reading this book, I could not name for it, but internally changes were stirring. There were incessant and disturbing questions which became unrelenting and frequent in their demand for answers. This created repercussions in all my relationships, my behaviour did not comply to the version of me they knew. I was given the appellation of crazy, rationalised by others as the result of the trauma I had experienced. The book provides a confidence of letting go of all the anxiety and fear and offers a great challenge for its readers. The book started by putting various questions on concept of consciousness and states that heaven refers to the state of inner realm of the consciousness. Whereas the book presents Earth to be the outer manifestation and presents the inner reflection. The last four years have been tumultuous, medically, relationally, spiritually and psychologically. Circumstances in the last few years have capitulated me into a crisis. Seriousmedical issues, three major surgeries, near death trauma, weeks in hospital followed by months of home nursing care. Psychological counselling to prepare me for the major surgery to follow in the new year, breakdown of a long-term marriage and recently more surgery. These traumatic life altering events, were the beginning of the awakening of my consciousness. “A glimpse is enough to initiate the awakening process, which is irreversible.” (Tolle, 2005, p,7)
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