The Ego versus the Soul
Have you ever wondered why mankind has so much difficulty getting along and when they can’t they declare war? For thousands of years people, communities and countries have been engaged in war to get what the other has – whether it is land, resources or power. Today, we are seeing around the world people engaged in rebellion against either their own governments or the governments of other countries that want to impose their will. Human nature seems to be prone to getting what they want for themselves rather than considering the other.
Let’s go back to the beginning of time when God introduced consciousness to his creation. What do we mean by the word consciousness? Simply put, all of God’s creation is conscious or everything He created is filled with life, regardless whether it is earth, plants, trees, animals, birds, insects and humans. Since everything is conscious or alive, why is everything that is alive unique. God, in His unique plan gave everything an attribute to maintain its ability to be individual in nature. Everything in God’s creation has a personality which is composed of an ego. Plants and animals having an ego and personality sounds strange. Let us think about that idea for a minute. Does a dandelion become a rose? Of course not, it will pollinate and reproduce its own but never cross over into another plant species and it has done that for thousands of years. Many people have pets and declare that every pet has its own personality. Why is it that a dog or a cat can have a personality or ego driving its actions and not every other animal on the planet?
So, what is the purpose of the ego? In one word it is every living thing’s survival mechanism. This works well for plants and animals but what about humans. Along with the ego God gave mankind one more gift: the soul which is a piece of God’s Spirit. When we go back to the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, we initially see the soul of Adam and Eve fully in connection and in direct communication with the Creator. When the first couple decided to challenge God’s direction, we see their egos coming into force to govern their lives and their future relationship with God.
How can we understand what the ego really is? Let us go back to our own beginning to see how God is at work in not only our daily lives but His work at the time of our conception in the womb. We must first acknowledge through the study of quantum physics that everything, including us, is composed of light energy. Since God is the Light of the World, He is also in us at all times and is working with us at this very moment to keep our bodies working through our hearts beating, to every cell in our bodies carrying out their specific functions. We usually think our subconscious bodies function on auto pilot but if you remove God’s creative work from behind the scenes to keep you alive, you would instantly die.
So, how does God create our egos to keep our individuality as a species and maintain our survival? In the energy of the Creator God you have two aspects that are also in our bodies – electricity and magnetism. To understand how God functions, the masculine aspect of God is electricity which is the active creative force of the universe. The feminine aspect of God is love which is embodied in magnetism. Hence, when the two aspects of God come together it creates electro-magnetism. Scientific research shows us that ever cell in our body is a mini electro-magnet which shows us we are really made in God’s image. If the masculine aspect of God is electricity, how does that function in our lives. Every action we take is our attempt to think and then act. Most of the time it is just routine actions of putting one foot in front of the other but sometime that creative action may lead us to change jobs or move to a new place or retire. Everything we do is an aspect of the electricity of creativity in our lives. Now let’s introduce the feminine love aspect of magnetism in our lives as represented by our ego personality. Magnetism is composed of bonding and repulsion and that is the role of the ego in our personalities. How does this work? You live in a community that has standards you are expected to embrace and live by. This is the bonding aspect of magnetism. Your parents and teachers taught you early what was acceptable and not acceptable if you wanted to belong. Therefore, during your life you have bonded with friends, neighbors, family, acceptable jobs and workplace colleagues. The bonding with comfortable people and places is your survival mechanisms. This is the safe side that your ego gives you when you bond with everything that feels comfortable to you. This part of your ego promotes LOVE. What about the opposite side of your ego which is rejection? This is the part of the ego that is running rampant in our world society and is leading to the many wars in different countries or is upsetting norms and values that have existed for generations in other countries. How does the magnetic ego of rejection play itself out in our lives? Here are a few: inability to share with others; devising ways and means to become rich at the expense of others; stealing, failing to perform your work conscientiously or give good fair value for money, snapping, snarling, indulging in sarcasm, judgementalism, rejection, denigration, enmity, intolerance, hatred, jealousy, aggression, violent impulses, thieving, falsehoods, double and devious dealings, slander, etc. When a person, or a group, or a country uses the rejection aspect of their egos, they are moving farther away from God just like Adam and Eve.
God gave humans the ego for his and her survival and that part of the ego has functioned successfully for all of millennia. The ego has brought people together and separated them out from those who were different from them. Since God gave every man, woman and child an ego to survive and thrive, can God be the judge when the rejection side of the ego is exercised? Most of our Christian churches have taught that God condemns that as sin and it must be forgiven by God. It raises the question of what God’s role is in mankind’s life. Is it God’s role to forgive or is it humans seeking forgiveness from those that were sinned against? The Master Jesus was asked how many times a person should forgive another person for doing harm. He answered that a person should not just forgive another person seven times but seventy-seven times. Let’s face it, is it not easier to ask God to forgive you for your sins, than to go face to face with the one you have wrong and ask him or her for their forgiveness. This is what God expect each of us to do when our ego rejection hurts others.
When God created mankind, the Creator wanted him or her to be balanced. What do we mean by balanced? God knew that giving all living things an ego, set up a scenario for abuse when the rejection side of the magnetic ego could run rampant and cause others strife. The two sides of the ego personality in plants and animals does not raise the same abuses that have arisen in humans. This leads us back to that piece of God’s Spirit that is in all of us, our soul or spirit. God’s plan for mankind was for each person to keep the bonding side of the ego in balance with the rejection side of the ego, so that everyone in the world would be able to accept every other person in the world as an equal. The problem we have in society today is the rise of imbalanced egos in people around the world. Behind the scenes we do see people using the bonding side of their egos to bring about good in other people’s lives. Unfortunately, the news and media report the people whose rejection egos are out of control leading to violence against others. We must remember that these people need our prayers for balance to return to a balanced ego drive.
This leads us to see the bigger picture God has for all of us. It isn’t just keeping a balance in our ego personalities. It is making the next step for all mankind to realize that their souls are part of God and it has always been his plan to have people awaken and pray with intent that their souls become part of their lives by making a direct connection with God’s Spirit and seeking His or Her guidance in living this life. When we are only guided by our egos throughout this life, we keep searching for satisfaction through work, play, material goods, family and friends. What we fail to realize is the ego is only half the answer. The other half of the equation is adding our spirit. Joy and satisfaction come when our ego is in the back seat and our soul or spirit is in the front seat guiding our every decision and move. When we close the loop of our egos and our spirits, we will finally find what Jesus referred to as entering “The Kingdom of Heaven” on earth during our lifetime.
By Dr. Robert W. Walker
Author of God is Alive and Well, educator, energy psychologist, balanced energy specialist, reiki practitioner, speaker on health and wellness. Contact Dr. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit his website at drrobertwwalker.com.
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