Where are you taking your spirit? And where are you going with it? Yes, all the lessons we have ever learned about living in a world of the Ego are valid, and they are sacred; they are sacred because they are based on profound truths about the inner world and because they are aimed at nurturing our spirit.
But the fundamental understanding lies in the essence of your being. It is in the sacredness of what lies inside of you. Your true Self has evolved, not to forget the sacred things you have experienced, but to submerge them within yourself and allow them to become the energy that you direct to all that you do and all that you do not do. The sacredness of life is there; it is not something that you create but something that your very essence is built on so that the best of your essence can be presented and stored there within you.
Your mind is self-transcendent; your conscious mind. Your entire mind system, and your whole self-identification, lie inside the borders of the Ego. The self-transcendence of the Self you can only achieve if you dissolve the walls of the Ego and allow yourself to become self-transcendent. The sacredness of life is where your spirit reside, in your own self-transcendence, where one must dissolve the walls of the Ego, and dissolve the impediments that keep us from accessing that sacred space.
These impediments include attachment, love, ego pride, arrogance, prejudice, identity, doubt, understanding, judgments of Self and others, uncertainty, anxiety, pleasure, pain, and ultimately ego self-delusion. It is a remarkable spiritual paradox that the extraordinary intensity of your personality arises from your selfish Ego. Sacredness is not created by wisdom or knowledge but by self-sacrifice.
To really be yourself, you must be able to forget who you are.
Not all can experience self-transcendence, but all can be drawn into an existential flow.
The power of that experience is very profound; your whole self-identification, the entire world-consciousness of yourself, is anchored to the self-transcendent nature of the heavenly spirit within you. That self-identification is the foundation of your own sense of the sacred, and so every sacred feeling, every moment of sacredness in life, is the experience of this collective sense of Self.
People experience self-transcendence in the many ways they can express and demonstrate their self-esteem and self-confidence, the self-transcendence of their dignity, self-love, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
By giving yourself to yourself, you are receiving your own deliverance. It is the most profound of human spiritual experiences. By giving yourself to yourself, you are dissolving the image of yourself that you have made through habit, time, and a sense of self-importance.
It is a revelation for the truly spiritual individual, the moment when the idea is realized that the totality of Self is an illusion. With this attitude, each person can set aside everything else and return to the root of their spiritual identity. This discovery is only of value when you can see it clearly.
Profoundness is only genuinely profound when you feel connected to something sacred, something that is beyond yourself and your existence.
Introspection allows you to transcend your Ego.
This is the essence of self-transcendence, of being of service to oneself. But a profound self-transcendence is not an obvious self-transcendence or outward self-transcendence. It is a deep sense of self-respect, self-confidence, and mystical knowledge of oneself.
You can have profound insights, great wisdom, and profound spiritual experiences, and they can be of great value, but only if you let go of your Ego. If you let go of your Ego, you will realize that your identity, in reality, is not so important, and the great wisdom and profound spiritual experiences will be much more accessible to you. The Ego gives you the sense that you are something, but you will never find that you are indeed what you think you are.
I am writing this in response to the many questions I received about my post The Dissolving Ego". My intent was not to undermine the profound sense of self-worth many hold in experiencing inner truth and self-love. My intent was to question the sense of significance we attach to our Ego and the experience of profound knowing that arises from the dissolving of that ego-individuated Self.
The real mystery of spiritual truth and experience is not discovering a way to keep the Ego but developing a complete understanding of it. Only then will the truth and experience be profound and lasting.
When you go through the process of dissolving the self-imposed barriers of the Ego (of limiting yourself) and all of the cracks that have been made inside of you, you are removing barriers and compressing the self-implied limits within your sacred Self. You will gain a new perspective, a new perspective that is within.
There are two kinds of experiences you have here: one that is revered and one that is ordinary. This experience is revered because you are transcending the limitation of your Ego. When you act in the usual way, it unfolds who you are and who you have become; you are, in essence, trying to live within your usual limitations. This is the arena of the ordinary, which is defined as belonging to the human collective and to the Ego. There is no idea of a divine sense of Self or self-transcendence in the ordinary. You are a very human creature; you have self-realization.
When the definition of oneself is wholly lost, and the boundaries between your thoughts and words are blurred, you begin to think that your body, your thoughts, and your words are real. However, you are only filling yourself with what you want to experience. The Self is not real as we know it. The only thing that exists is an illusion of what we call Self, this energetic construct of our Ego.
The Ego likes to keep the dark corners, it likes to create fear, so it protects itself by moving you away from fear. It wants to move you away from excitement, so it creates insecurities. It wants to create shame and blame, so it creates victims.
The only thing that you need to look at is yourself, as the center of everything, and you will soon begin to realize your potential, or what I call the future you. I believe that most people don't understand that they are the source of their own happiness and joy. I believe that most people are not true to themselves, and that is why they keep shifting through life, trying to fill a perceived void in their life, trying to change their world and their thoughts and actions to fit what they think others want to see them as.
We are the creators of our own reality. We can do this only if we consciously choose to create life and reality in a way that is true to ourselves. The Ego holds you back from this place of truth and responsibility, and you are only being shown another reflection of who you are.
Pay attention to what your life does for you. What kind of world do you create for yourself, the world you create for yourself? Live your life. Build your life. Create your life. Be the master of your own world, your own reality, your own everything.
That future is only a projection of who you are. Find out who you are in the present, living in this present. Make yourself into the person who you are projecting. The one thing that can make us truly self-transcendent is our ability to stop looking in and start looking out and open our minds to the view of all possibilities that the universe has to offer.
Once you find the path, get ready to be changed by your own power of self-transcendence. Your life is a projection of the thoughts that you allow yourself to hold onto.
©2022 Alexander Manu