mindfulness, Spirituality

The Ego by Robert Adams

In the Western psychology, we’re told that you never give up. We are taught to keep on fighting. But I’m telling you there is nothing to fight, and the only thing you’re giving up is your ego.

Western psychology has never gone beyond this. Therefore they do not know of life beyond this.

Western psychology works in the presumption that you are a body and a mind, so naturally they tell you never give up, fight to the end. Stick up for your rights. But in the highest teachings of the truth we learn that you have no rights.

You’re giving up your body, your ego, your mind, and when this happens, you go beyond psychology.
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Something happens that psychiatry, psychology are not aware of whatsoever. And that is you rise to a higher dimension, where there is happiness, and peace, and compassion, and love, joy, that is naturally yours. You begin to feel these things instead of the things you felt before.

Prior to this, when you were fighting life, when you were sticking up for your rights, when you were trying to get even, when you were working as an ego, you were never able to feel happiness or joy or peace.

Only sometimes, when you won, when you got your point across, when you won an argument, when you won a fight, when you sued someone and won, you felt happy for a while, but it didn’t last long, and you have to go through it again and again. But this is as far as the world goes. It doesn’t know anything else but this.

What I’m saying to you, let go of everything. Do not hold on. Stand naked before God, without any crutches, without anything to hold on to. When you can do this, from this moment on you will begin to rise.

~ Robert Adams

Source: Art of the Rebellion on Facebook.

I wouldn’t normally dedicate a whole blog post to a quote, but I found this incredibly powerful.

On one hand, it’s important to me be an advocate of particular rights and what I consider to be positive social change, but on the other, I find myself particularly drained when engaging with people on the subject, whether they’re advocates fighting for the same cause or my opponents.

I have dismayed over the fact that often, it is a fight and anger and frustration seem to be requirements or a symptom for the role of activist or social justice advocate.

It leaves one with a moral dilemma, when happiness and peace is that person’s own personal goals for themselves. There is so much inequality and suffering in the world, fighting often feels like the right thing to do.

Is there a way to both fight for what Adam’s suggests is the imagined rights of people and to let go of the fight too? If you can you separate fighting for yourself and fighting for others and only fight for the latter, is achieving peace still impossible? Is it possible to serve others without the ego playing a role?

If you can detach yourself from the wanted outcomes and, to a degree, the process of fighting, as it unfolds, practising non-judgemental awareness moment by moment, can you fight for the kind of change you want to see and  achieve true inner peace?

mental health, mindfulness, Spirituality

How Do I Achieve Spiritual Growth?

I wasn’t going to write another post until January. But we seem to be having a spiritual emergency. Some online spiritual communities seem to be in a crisis. You’ll realise this as soon as you’re added to the “wrong” group on social media.

Where do we find our spirituality? Where do we find out who and what we are? Where do we discover and achieve true spiritual growth?

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Is spiritual growth found in collecting crystals, or playing with tarot and oracle cards?

Is it found in rearranging our wardrobe and beginning to dress a certain way?

Is it found in decorating our home and ourselves a certain way? Hanging dream catchers from the walls?

Is it found in becoming a vegan, or switching our diet to what we feel is the healthiest and most environmentally friendly?

Is it found in burning sage?

Is it found in attaching ourselves to stories?

Is it found in convincing ourselves we are starseeds, indigo and crystal children? Is it found in letting the ego tell stories about ourselves and how extraordinary we are?

Or Twin Flames? Do we succeed in becoming enlightened through an egocentric, obsessive attachment to another?

Is it found in the belief we are light-workers and empaths, or witches and trying act on those beliefs?

Is it found in dreams?

Is it found in ouija boards?

Is it found talking to ghosts?

Is it found in wearing religious symbols or placing them around the home?

Is going to church or spiritual groups enough?

Is it found in psychic visions, pictures we see in the mind and attempts at astral travel? Is it found in the vivid imagination, conjuring up stories and movies?

Is it found in the labels we attach to ourselves that sound spiritual and mystical in origin?

Is it found in practices and lifestyle changes supported by spiritual communities, the trends you’ve all heard of, because these are the things spiritual people do?

Is it found listening to certain kinds of music?

Is it found through sharing philosophical quotes by Rumi or Buddha on social media?

Is it found reading a good book?

Is it found by expressing yourself a certain way, like by choosing to end all conversations with “love and light”?

Is it found in the ego, filling up the emptiness or pain inside of yourself with stuff and labels and stories and more stuff until you are suitably smothered by all the ideas you have that you think make you a spiritual, enlightened, extraordinary and special being?

Are outwardly actions and expressions, and labels and stories and attachments a catalyst for growth, or are these the very things standing in the way of yourself?

Who are you, really?

Sincerely,

Your Self.