2. What would change if we chose to surrender our ego-dominated worldview to the guidance of our spiritual nature?
3. What role does our ego-based identity play if we surrender it to our spiritual nature? and
4. How would the quality of our life change as the result of this decision?
I’ve read about the need to transcend our ego if we hope to achieve enlightenment, as though our ego is the enemy to be vanquished, the major obstacle to the realization of our highest positive potential. This recommendation has always bothered me because it seems to suggest that our ego is some kind of mistake that has hijacked our life and the only way we can grow is by abandoning it.
I don’t think our ego is not the enemy to be overthrown but a valuable ally suffering from a case of mistaken identity. It has assumed the role of the director of our life when it’s proper role is to be the conscious servant of our unconditionally loving spiritual nature. I think our ego is the human component of our being and it’s proper role is to serve as the instrument through which our spiritual nature can express itself in the physical universe.
I believe that our spirit needs our ego to manifest unconditional love in form. Our ego has been a faithful friend doing everything in its power to interpret the world around us through our five senses and has tried to the best of its ability to increase our happiness and reduce our suffering. Rather than the enemy to be overthrown I think our ego simply needs to understand that it was never intended to be the director of our life. It’s healthy purpose is to place it’s extraordinary power in the intentional service of our unconditionally loving spiritual nature and to ask, “How can I experience and express unconditional love in my life, and the lives of everyone I touch, so that Unconditional Love can multiply itself in this world I share with everyone and everything?”
Imagine how our life would improve if we consciously chose to bring as much unconditional love as we could, into our life and the lives of everyone we touch, to the best of our ability.
The more unconditional love we extend the more we experience. I don’t belief our goal should be to extinguish our ego but to invite it into a conscious partnership with our spiritual nature so that together mind and spirit can bring greater unconditional love into our life and into the world that so desperately needs more loving kindness.