Another way I consider the ego is like a chalkboard. We make all manner of grand designs on it and it comes to be the expression we make of our self. Many consider it as a monster or devil. Something we must defeat, kill, if we are to find our spiritual value. I think the ego is to be cared for.
When we look to our chalkboard and see what we have created it is intended we would learn a lesson. We can erase something here add something there, clean it up. When we clean it up, erase enough of it, we begin to see a transparency. It is the transparent nature of ego that lends a place for divine living and there is no divine life without it.
This is how the ego is our teacher. We must learn to love our ego. To care for it and present it properly. Doing this we discover empathy, compassion and love, as you can not clean the ego up without these. In applying these qualities as cleaning agents, or eraser, of our ego, transparency is achieved and what we used to clean it with remains.
The ego is like a child . As we grow, mature, we are given the opportunity to nurture our ego and heal it. It does not always happen. Sometimes we carry the ego as a disease.
Perhaps a better way to consider the ego is as a garden. As we grow, mature, we come to see that we can choose what does or does not grow there. We can shape the garden to appear or look a certain way. This is the purpose of the ego and it is a good purpose. Too often the ego shapes us and we consider it poorly, even if in our mind we think we hold it in good regard.
It is intended that we hold our ego in good regard and take care to present it in the best way. It is not to be maligned but to be nurtured and cared for. In the same way we would nurture and care for others. When we take proper care of our ego it is as a gift to our community and our self.
I first posted this as a reply to a blog post on Learning Tree.
My work as the Mystic Tourist has been ongoing. From the look of my blog it must seem that I have abandoned it. I have not. I continue to work and prepare myself to add meaningful content to this blog. I am confidant that work will bear fruit. In the meantime I have been actively writing. I am blogging and commenting on other blogs at PeaceNext. I participate there as the Mystic Tourist.
I have decided that the time has come to give the Mystic Tourist a Facebook page. You are welcome to see my work on the PeaceNext site or to visit my Facebook page. I will finish the personal work I need to do and then return to this blog with meaningful content.
To walk with God, God must be present as God’s self. God accepts and requires no intermediary.
The Mystic Tourist