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Leggo My Ego! — Our Infinite Obsession With Ego

Leggo My Ego! — Our Infinite Obsession With Ego

“Ego dissolution is a thing a lot of people get totally obsessed about. Everyone talks about it as if it’s the holy grail of spiritual achievement. Spiritual enlightenment, in all its glory, is touted as passing directly through the death of the ego — the freeing of one from the simple suffering of this life as an individual constantly fighting for assertion.

But what happens if we’re to actually dissolve the ego? What happens if we’re to truly lose our sense of self?

If the ego disappears, then the animal instincts and the social conditioning will take over. We’ll become wild animals chained by the shame and guilt inherent to the moralistic programmings we all inherit from our beloved ancestors. But wait — animality, shame, guilt — aren’t those the things we’re trying to fix through spiritual pursuits? Aren’t these what spiritual liberation is all about?”

Faith is the Okayness of Not Knowing

Faith is the Okayness of Not Knowing

“Faith, what does it mean?

In modern society, we’re educated in trusting our rational minds. We’re taught that emotions are unreliable, that dreams are just childish fantasies, and that important life decisions need to be made by carefully weighing all the logical arguments in favour of everything.

Now, right on top of that, we’re taught that to “have faith” (in the religious sense) means blindly believing someone else’s story about something they don’t actually know for themselves, but which they’ve chosen to blindly believe from someone else. In other words, we’re taught a version of faith that’s one fancy telephone game.”

Journey into Self-Love — Just What is Self-Love Anyway?

Journey into Self-Love —  Just What is Self-Love Anyway?

Self-love is the label I give to a deep and meaningful understanding of who we are. It’s acceptance and allowance of the truths, longings, and desires that live within us. And it includes all of them, with no discrimination — regardless of liking or preference, for judgment and selection are ultimately the domain of the ego. Self-love is never about judgment, it’s always about allowance and acceptance — even allowance and acceptance of the judgments themselves, should they be manifested. Self-love accepts the ego for what it is, yet ego-love constantly endeavours to repress the self. Which seems more desirable in the end? Who seems to be playing a fair game?”

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

Finding Truth on the Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Once we peel away the layers of the identity onion through contemplative witnessing meditation, we are left with nothing — as whatever we are, the observer, is the one thing which cannot be observed. We become faced with an indescribable void: the true nature of I — and if I say void, it is not because there is nothing there, but rather that there is nothing there that the mind can see or describe. Whatever exists there cannot be described using thoughts, words, concepts, or ideas. It can only be known through experience.”

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

“The notion of winner in the game of life is deeply attached to the role that’s been assigned to us. Achievement - in the form of social popularity, monetary gain, or educational success - is another one of those completely artificial constructs. It begs to ask ourselves: what do we really want out of life?”