Who How or Both. The Ego

The invention that is my self. My birth, its place and time, the community of my genes and the context of my human environment, give how I am a default footprint. I am free to fashion that as I will. I create the environment for my self that restrains truth or lets truth reign. It is my ego that is this deciding force, that presents the example and expresses my choice. Truth has a community. It is absolute, it can suffer no harm and nothing exists without it. Where truth reigns what is absolute is known by who is. The ego can choose to allow this person, the who of how, to forge the ego into its useful tool. To be who I am. When how I am is who I am, I am who am. This is the quest, the prize, the secret of mysticism. To choose to be who am and surrender the temporal person providing my soul a human throne. A temporal place to be who am.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Spirit and Ego

The ego resides in the third chakra. It is as the crown of our early development, our child complete. As a child we depend on others to nurture and support us and this support, good or bad, mimics the fourth chakra, compassion. The ego tends to grow horizontally becoming dependent on gross sensory reward. Intuition does not find its home in our third chakra and the ego likes to consider itself our crowning achievement. It is not. Our forth chakra, compassion, invites ego to grow vertically. It is the gate, or bridge, between the higher and lower chakra’s. The attributes of spirit live in our higher chakra’s. It is here that objectivity is found. We must follow our intuition to open the higher chakra’s and discover that true achievement is found in surrender and acceptance, absent of achievement.

Ego tends to blame itself, so it is not worthy of its spiritual inheritance or to pride itself making spirituality a merit or reward. This draws us into worthless horizons, into temporal reward. Ego finds its true fulfillment by releasing the temporal world, letting it go. This requires compassion. The boundlessness of compassion draws us into our higher chakra’s and I begin to make sense of my existence.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Connecting Self to Itself

I have been very busy with personal growth. In considering past success, and apparent vacancy today, I am recalling how those successes were realized in the past. These considerations have forced new growth. I remember how I found success in the past using imagination. Puzzling images together to piece together a place that is success. A place that can be seen: where image is substance. Most usually we find ourself poorly connected, fragmented. It is normal and so little attention is given to it unless it represents itself as disease. In mysticism this dysfunction is disease and requires attention. The self is intended to be a singular alignment, an alignment that requires commitment. We have just one self that is comprised of variables. It is only when we align these variables as intended that their function can be appreciated. The self needs to be connected to itself if the goal of mysticism is to be realized.

The first challenge, at least for me, is the lower self. I consider it as three variables. They are the three lower chakra’s, Place, Acquaintance and Ego. I resolved my lower chakra’s as a cohesive unit some time ago and have managed to maintain it. There was a time when I forged the union of self by connecting the higher and lower chakra’s. I have since allowed the difficulties of a failed marriage to interrupt that union. Allowing myself to be tangled by the difficulties in my life I traded my success for that. A distraction I failed to avoid. I am now remembering how I managed the alignment in the first place. I used my imagination and puzzled them together with images. Having known that all along, it has just now occurred to me, that I can repeat the process.

Once place, acquaintance and ego are agreed to coexist they can bridge the self. This bridging of self introduces the higher chakra’s completing our growth. From here it is possible to know ourself. It is only possible to know another if we are honest with ourself and only possible to be honest with ourself by building this bridge. Certainly people are effective and know success without committing to, and achieving, this alignment. We enjoy access to all of these variables and employ them to do what we have to do. It is the same with me as I endeavor to do, what I have to do.

It is the fourth chakra that binds the three lower chakra’s to the three higher chakra’s. That chakra is Compassion and is as a germ that, when allowed, is drawn into each chakra equally and binds them as one. The fifth chakra, Justice and Truth, has a symbiotic relationship with the third, Ego. Justice and truth hears all and ego is charged to accept it as is. This is the first step in binding the higher chakra’s to the lower chakra’s. Compassion allows for acceptance without challenge. Ego must accept that. Egos acceptance that things are as they are gives reach to the sixth chakra, Light Gate, which has a symbiotic relationship with the second chakra, Acquaintance. Again ego must give this permission and the light, enlightens. This brings us to Place, the first chakra and Heavens Gate, or, Heavens Acquaintance, the seventh chakra. Again a symbiotic relationship. It is compassion, and egos granting it permission, that binds these as one. Heavens Gate brings to place something more durable than flesh, the Soul, and we can appreciate it in this way.

For me the use of imagination is key in assembling these pieces as a completed puzzle. I can see it and that reveals a landscape and acquaintances, that otherwise, are unknown.

The Mystic Tourist