Embodying the Light II

It was good to go down to the river if only for a few minutes this morning and visit very familiar ground. It was very breezy and the water was choppy, which made me feel better about not being able to go in. I had a very busy day ahead.

In Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening - Stephan Bodian notes how the ego resists embodiment. As a therapist, he explains the role and function of the ego and how it can circumvent our awakening process and our ability to live authentic spiritual lives from a place of integrity.

"Pay attention and you'll notice how often you resist what is and try to get things to be different from the way they are. With friends and family, you may monitor your words and actions to make sure you elicit the love and approval you crave...Moving through your day, you may control the environment constantly to maintain the most comfortable state of body and mind...

...As awakening deepens and spreads and you live more and more consistently from the awakened perspective, the ego may relax its hold even further as it realizes that life continues just as effectively - even turns out to be infinitely more satisfying and harmonious - when you let go and let life live through you.

Most of the time, however, the ego will stubbornly continue to maintain control over certain areas of your life, even after you've awakened...

Trust is the core issue here: Egos are programmed to distrust... If you've experienced repeated betrayals of trust in the form of disappointment, abandonment, or abuse, your ego may hold on for dear life because it doesn't trust the ground of being to support you...

Once you awaken, you realize that the belief that life is a battle is merely a construct created by the mind and perpetuated by the ego. You could say the ego is the screenwriter, director, producer, and star in the movie called Life, but none of it has to do with you...Either way, the love that you are ultimately embraces the ego as a devoted servant tha has mistakenly assumed the role of master."

More tomorrow...

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