Friday, August 9, 2013

The Veil: Ego and Choice

 
It's a Choice -
           Everything is a choice in this world. Choosing what to show others, be it wisdom or ignorance, love or hate, fear or courage. You may listen or ignore, compliment or insult, be kind or abuse, to think or think not-or not think at all. From everything you believe and think, do or say, from the food you eat to your life itself-there is always a choice and it is yours to make. You may not even believe you have a choice, as you will simply state “that’s what I do” or “it’s who I am”; however you make a choice whether you perceive it or not. An action may occur that may make you angry, you choose to be angry. Another action may cause you fear or sorrow, you choose to be fearful or sorrowful as that is how you choose to react. The choice you make-often times in split moments measured in reaction speed alone-happens every waking second you are conscious, even while in your dreams you make choices when seemingly you are not in control. Never accept that you are not in control of yourself at any time, for when you do, you must ask “who is?”. Often it is the Ego that is in control of us, telling us what we should do, think, believe, say, ask and not ask… but this is The Veil cast over our proverbial eyes so we may not see the answer’s to our lessons to learn and rightfully so (how can one learn when they’re given all the answers?). In order to truly free your mind, you must wrest control of yourself from your Ego and make your own choices, ones that emanate from the heart-the spirit, or True Self. If the Ego, not your True Self, is in control of yourself, then you have no “free will” as you are slave to the Ego. The Veil (Ego and Choice) stem from the physical world, from the logic and reason centers of the brain-which is part of the physical world and not the True Self-and serves many purposes for the physical world. The brain however cannot be relied upon to comprehend a world different from one it is born of. This would be the same as to expect a dog or cat to comprehend human or marine-mammal social customs they simply will never understand. As one may conclude, you must comprehend your spirituality and yourself not with your mind, but with your heart.
      
          There are many sad realities in this world: war, famine, hate, slavery, etc.. but the saddest of all is not the fact everyone on this planet chooses to follow or act in these ways, but rather the fact they cannot perceive they have, and make, a choice, to do so or not. Become aware of The Choice within yourself and others, and you shall become aware of the Ego-in yourself and others.

The Ego Within Yourself -
           The Ego is a false identity. It is one that emanates from the mind of the individual and born of how the world chooses to define it (you). The Ego is distracting and loud, where the True Self is quiet and inconspicuous-thus easy to ignore. People, Society and culture shall tell you many things; you do not have the right to [***], you are ugly, you are smart, you are stupid, you like this, you hate that, you don't know what you want, you belong to this group not that one, and more. Do not accept opinions as finite facts. Just because the Ego or society is loud and distracting does not make it correct or just, it simply means that is all they know to say or do; this is how one measures another's intellect and awareness-by their behavior and responses. Many times they may not know anything better to say, and so you shall hear their ignorance and sheltered-mind through adamant beliefs, denial, insults, offense, and anger. You may believe a certain thing in a certain way but not truly understand why, hate or love another person, people or place and not understand why. This is because the Ego has been told by the world what to think, what to believe, love, loathe, envy, and shun. Society and the Ego want conformity. The Ego wants a list of instructions to follow and goals to achieve with the basic task-reward format. People may react to certain notions and ideas violently because they fear the unknown or fear being wrong-this is the Ego. The Ego is as programmable as a computer, one may recall "Behavior Modification" techniques, which the Ego may be programmed to act and react a certain way... but not the true self. Behavior Modification is possible only because people are kept in the dark about The Choice, or having one at all-there is always a choice. The world simply reaches out to the Ego and says “no, you don’t have a choice”, since the Ego is loud and distracting, this is all the person hears.

The True Self -
           The True Self is the true identity of an individual, one that emanates from the heart of the individual, born of the spirit world and from what resonates within. The true self, much like truth itself, cannot be stopped, impeded, or otherwise obstructed, only ignored or listened to. It's a choice you make every waking second of the day and night, you may either listen to the Ego and ignore the True Self, or listen to the True Self and ignore the Ego.

The Ego Within Others -
           Not only must you recognize the Ego within yourself, you must realize others have an Ego as well. When one begins to perceive the Ego in themselves, they shall see it in others, and shall begin to perceive the individual is not making the choice to behave, say, or think the way they are, but rather it is their Ego that is controlling them; they give into their false identity and desires all to easily and understandably so-it is very loud and very distracting. You may see this on “Black Friday” at stores nationwide; people will clamor, riot, even stampede, all to pay less than often advertised for something they’re told they “need” or would “feel better buying it”. You may see the Ego in others within organizations that teach, breed, and thrive in animosity for an “advantage” in some way over another individual; pitting one above or below another for one reason or another.
 
          Many people are so enthralled with their material desires, “needs”, and wants, they embrace them as "facts of life" as they have been told to. They may even be unable to questionably think they “may not be themselves” and may even find the notion of the Ego impossible, or embrace it with ignorance or fear. Everyone is a slave to this identity... until they begin to perceive it for what it is-a false identity.

What Will You Choose to Do? -
           The ultimate, all purveying question is "What will you choose to do in this world?". This question's your choice, your will, and the causality of both in this world. Will you choose to show love or hate? Compassion or anger? Empower or enslave through dependence? Understand or control? Wisdom or ignorance? Greed or generosity? What is your choice? What is your will? What shall be the consequence of your choice? What impact, is your will, to make? You may choose to show anger, but will not act, or show serenity and act with conviction; mind your choice wisely as one cannot escape consequence-in any world, physical or spirit, this much is clear to nearly all religions.

Walk now, perceive the world for what it truly is, and know:
The Answers are Within....