the Most Subtle Species of
- Does the possibility of self-absorption, ego-inflation and aggrandizement of the self…lead to…becoming a psychopath?
I may not be able to permanently stop your clamoring for self-enlargement…But I can…super consciously recognize you…and…stop you in the act…before you take root and start growing…
It always…sooner or later…finds a way to rear its selfish little head…
No sooner had I published my most recent article than I caught myself, saying the following…
I have been publishing high quality articles for years… And yet, I get so very little attention from others and no recognition…
Self-aggrandizement…is the most subtle of all species of self-deception…
But what is more amazing to me than the periodic rising up into the human animal conscious mind of this desire for ego-attachment, ego-recognition, ego-self-centered-ness, ego-inflation, ego attention and ego-aggrandizement–recognition, praise and honors from others–is that I long ago chose not to follow that path…
And even though I long ago chose and choose the path of…setting aside the ego…it is…still there… And it always rears its tiny little selfish head…when I least expect it…
What is It You Desire in Contrast to what You Really Need…?
Everywhere I look around me, I see my fellow beings lost in the pursuit of the material, on many levels, simultaneously.
- a huge ego and narcissistic behavior
- easily bored
- a trail of broken and hurting people fill their past
- reluctance or refusal to admit when they are wrong
- hyper competitive
- always seeking prominence in positions of power
- perpetual little white lies to grandiose lying
- lack of genuine emotional response
- view people as personal possessions
- gaslighting/psychological abuse
- always moving
- children and pets are used/abused
- always trying to win
- lie about how they help others
- will cut people off without any thought
- sexually deviant
- highly ambitious
- found in every profession, but more often in the following:
- civil servant
- religious leader/clergy
- police officer
- sales person
- media television/radio personality
- corporate CEO/entrepreneur/financial/banking
- prey on children and the elderly
- try to destroy the reputations of others
- little to no creativity
- usually have associates with questionable characters
- almost always get exposed
- brag about celebrities they meet
- brag about good deeds and charity work
- fake emotions (crocodile tears) – try hard to make you believe they “feel”
- never able to see your side – have a coldness about them
That One Thing Standing Between You and Your Innermost Shrine…
- In the preceding list, how many of these selfish human animal traits do you see still remaining within yourself?
- What is the…one thing…standing between you and your innermost sacred space where you feel and touch the presence of the indwelling divine Thought Adjuster?
Then said the young man: “But, Master, I am not content to be your disciple; I would be one of your new messengers.” When Jesus heard this, he looked down upon him with a great love and said: “I will have you to be one of my messengers if you are willing to pay the price, if you will supply the one thing which you lack.” Matadormus replied: “Master, I will do anything if I may be allowed to follow you.” Jesus, kissing the kneeling young man on the forehead, said: “If you would be my messenger, go and sell all that you have and, when you have bestowed the proceeds upon the poor or upon your brethren, come and follow me, and you shall have treasure in the kingdom of heaven.“ 163:2.5
Let us return to what Osho said…
“The first glimpse of God has to be in the innermost shrine of your heart. If you have not seen Him there, you can go on talking about Him, but you will not ever be able to see Him anywhere.”
This innermost shrine is the sacred space of…light and life… Within the sacred space of this temple, this innermost shrine, dedicated to the worship-insight–direct communication (a little talk with my Father…) with the actuality of our Paradise Father’s will within us, there is no place–no vacancy–for any thought which does not have…survival value…
Every belief about yourself, about your fellow beings and about the world we see, to which you choose to no longer remain…ego-attached…the more you will return to your innermost shrine… Everything which exists beyond…light and life…you will see for what it really is…the realm of shadows… And everything you thought you once believed will no longer exist… This is the truth wherein…matter vanishes to mind…
What Then…Does It Take to Achieve…Self-mastery?
Before The Urantia Book found me the second time…halfway around the world, in Turkey…the desire for self-mastery was present within me…but had no form or substance…no clear and specific intellectual formulation within the mind…
Almost immediately, however, as I read through the contents of the book, for the first time, I found myself giving expression to the innermost urge to achieve the perfected state of…self-mastery…
The path I have chosen to follow, unconsciously, consciously and increasingly super consciously, is well-expressed in these thoughts, by Osho:
People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves. They have a certain
power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism, a charisma that can take out alive, young
people from the traditional imprisonment.
The awakened man cannot be enslaved–that is the difficulty–and he cannot be
Every genius who has known something of the inner is bound to be a little difficult to be
absorbed; he is going to be an upsetting force.
The masses do not want to be disturbed, even though they may be in misery; they are in
misery, but they are accustomed to the misery. And anybody who is not miserable looks
like a stranger.
The awakened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to
anybody. No organization confines him, no community, no society, no nation.”
In that…Innermost Sacred Space…
There…in the innermost sacred space of…light and life…you are super consciously aware of your continuing obligations, while yet experiencing and attaining to the final stages of self-mastery within in the material bio-suit and simultaneously aware of your cosmic duties as a Local Universe citizen, serving and representing the Banner of our Sovereign Creator Father–Michael of Nebadon/Jesus of Nazareth–the three azure concentric circles on a white background; you are super consciously aware of your eternity-status, as an ascending potential finaliter, headed toward Paradise.
- Why then do you still spend so much of your day focused on all of the details of living?
- Is the individual, who is…intellectually dependent…on reading the material source contents…for the whole of his or her life…ever really willing to wean himself or herself from the psychic circle of knowledge-gathering and experiential knowledge-attainment?
- Is the individual, dependent upon continually reading, ever really attaining, except ever-so-slowly, to…directly so unifying with the indwelling Thought Adjuster, he or she is…becoming one with the indwelling divine presence…speaking as though he or she and the Thought Adjuster are already of one mind-soul and spirit wholly unified in the personality?
- What are the manifest true character traits, which are evidence that the individual has moved…beyond intellectual concept…and is achieving At-onement with the indwelling divine partner, in the journey to find the Paradise Father, has permanently and irrevocably shifted focus from…potentiality to…actuality…?
Let us then consider the deeper, if not the deepest meaning within one of the popular and well-known quotes, wherein our Master stated…
153:3.5 Jesus then directed his remarks to all present. He said: “But hearken to me, all of you. It is not that which enters into the mouth that spiritually defiles the man, but rather that which proceeds out of the mouth and from the heart.” But even the apostles failed fully to grasp the meaning of his words, for Simon Peter also asked him: “Lest some of your hearers be unnecessarily offended, would you explain to us the meaning of these words?” And then said Jesus to Peter: “Are you also hard of understanding? Know you not that every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up? Turn now your attention to those who would know the truth. You cannot compel men to love the truth. Many of these teachers are blind guides. And you know that, if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the pit. But hearken while I tell you the truth concerning those things which morally defile and spiritually contaminate men. I declare it is not that which enters the body by the mouth or gains access to the mind through the eyes and ears, that defiles the man. Man is only defiled by that evil which may originate within the heart, and which finds expression in the words and deeds of such unholy persons. Do you not know it is from the heart that there come forth evil thoughts, wicked projects of murder, theft, and adulteries, together with jealousy, pride, anger, revenge, railings, and false witness? And it is just such things that defile men, and not that they eat bread with ceremonially unclean hands.”
Now we pull out the “key principles.”
- That which defiles the physical body-brain-mind connection is what directly originates within the emotional reactions-thought concepts and subsequent reactions and actions taken upon the self and others.
- Nothing in the external world–no experience, over the course of a lifetime–will ever defile the individual, except the evil thoughts and deeds, which first originate within the conscious “I am.”
And which group of acts, did Jesus mention, which defile us?
- evil thoughts,
- wicked projects of murder,
- railings, and
- false witness
Working Hard at–Striving for the…Great Goal…
We cannot, however, reach the deepest level of experiential-concept-meaning, without considering the following passage:
110:1.5 The Adjuster remains with you in all disaster and through every sickness which does not wholly destroy the mentality. But how unkind knowingly to defile or otherwise deliberately to pollute the physical body, which must serve as the earthly tabernacle of this marvelous gift from God. All physical poisons greatly retard the efforts of the Adjuster to exalt the material mind, while the mental poisons of fear, anger, envy, jealousy, suspicion, and intolerance likewise tremendously interfere with the spiritual progress of the evolving soul.
Yes, it is true that the Adjuster will remain with us through every sickness and disaster, which doesn’t wholly destroy the brain-mind connection. But before we go further in connecting these principles into a unifying–whole perception–let us also consider one more aspect of which Jesus-Michael ended his thoughts. Remember that last sentence?
“And it is just such things that defile men, and not that they eat bread with ceremonially unclean hands.”
And so I ask you…
- Is it possible that…Jesus’ “frame of reference” for his statements were, from the beginning of this passage, aimed at…the eating of bread with ceremonially unclean hands?
- Of what value would it have been for Jesus to teach his apostles and everyone else present–a lesson on healthy eating?
The Jewish people of that time period were almost wholly imprisoned within the religious caste system imposed upon them by the Sanhedrin–the Sadducees and Pharisees. In contrast, they were a hard-working people, almost all of the common people working long hours for a pittance with which to feed their families. They had access, however, to fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, clean water and meat of lambs, which freely roamed and grazed untainted by chemical fertilizer poisons. Whatever meat, milk, butter and cheese they consumed was expended in daily sweat labor through the work week. And though the masses were generally healthy, there were many poisonous thoughts and actions which were, not only imprisoning the mind, but also causing the manifestation of disease and mental distortions in many individuals within the general populace.
With this in mind, let us now consider the primary principle within the second passage, above. The word “unkind” is used as a chastisement, if not a mild rebuke in reference to…”knowingly to defile or otherwise deliberately to pollute the physical body, which must serve as the earthly tabernacle of this marvelous gift from God.”
And what are those mental poisons which so greatly retard the work of the Adjuster in attempting to retune the mind and grow our souls? “…mental poisons of
- suspicion, and
We see in this passage that both physical and mental poisons greatly interfere and even retard the efforts of the Adjuster’s work in the mind. Why? If you go to a pond, which even though there are no outwardly obvious signs of pollution, there are dead fish all around the edges of the pond, do you really think you would continue to fish there?
Within Self-aggrandizement Lies…Self-justification…
The world we live in, today, is not the world that existed within Jewish culture, 2,000 years ago. The attempt to use what Jesus said, within the framed reference, in which he stated it to his apostles and those present, as a justification to support those personal eating habits, which are poisoning the body-brain-connection shows a lack of depth of understanding.
Great masses of human individuals, through their mindless–unconsciously aware–eating habits are supporting the wholesale slaughter of hundreds of millions of cows, calves, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, deer, elk, moose, dogs, cats, chickens and pretty much anything that moves; we support our government’s wars of aggression–the wholesale slaughter of millions upon millions of innocent human beings, by invading their homelands and their homes, at will. By our eating habits, we support the wholesale slaughter of whales, dolphins, tuna, cod, sea bass, salmon and a great variety of freshwater fish, to the point of extinction. By our mindless consumerism, we support the growing of genetically modified foods, which both indirectly and directly poison our bodies, causing all manner of illness. By our lack of understanding regarding the living by concepts of achieving optimal health, we directly support a medical system, which continually grows bigger and more powerful, as it increasingly profits from poisoning our bodies.
Reader of The Urantia Book, or non reader, you accept all of this as…normal…an accepted and unquestionable act of daily living out your life. And as you watch yourself growing old in your body and mind, during moments of personal illness and other health crises, mindlessly wonder at it all, while preparing for a premature death–either of a loved one…or your own…
Self-aggrandizement, self-justification and self-absorption…make a wonderfully self and other-destructive trio in the material world. This trio easily inflates to the delusion of godlike powers, inside of which…the individual is…never wrong…always right at any cost…no matter how great and destructive that cost is to the self and to others. This trio is always the means to the end goal of an agenda–endless ideological warring and the destruction of the planet–all because…everyone must be…right…and no one is ever…wrong…and who, in their wrong mind…would ever let go of what one personally believes to be truth–my religion–my beliefs–my rights…to do whatever pleases me…even if it means my neighbors throughout the world…are starving to death and being slaughtered…and even if it means the extinction of every creature on the planet…?
Running Through the Endlessly Beautiful Fields of the Mind–Together…
If we see thoughts as the “mental clothes” we wear, then beliefs are the “mental wardrobes” in the storage closets of the intellect systems and intellectual belief systems are the houses we build, in which to live.
When once, the individual sees the great truth, beauty and goodness in deconstructing the house–simply tearing it down–throwing away the wardrobes of belief in the closet, as part of the process, and lastly removing all of one’s intellectual beliefs, what is discovered is…freedom. Freedom?
In my view…spiritual liberty and freedom are synchronous, if not synonymous in meaning; spiritual liberty is…entertaining all beliefs, while attached to…no belief…balanced…at peace…happy…and nobly joyous in the divine inner presence of our Father.
Spiritual liberty is…running through the endless fields of the minds…fields of cosmic and eternal beauty…naked…where there is no place to hide before the actuality of the Paradise presence of the First Source and Original Personality…just the beautifully naked presences of two personalities, who love each other, by sharing all with each other, and allowing this endless freedom and joyous spiritual liberty to freely flow out upon everyone, who is ready to,
in spiritual union, join with us,
running through these fields of
endless beauty in the mind
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