Nisargadatta Maharaj is quoted as saying; ”My stand is clear; produce to distribute, feed before you eat, give before you take, think of others before you think of yourself. Only a selfless society based on sharing can be stable and happy. This is the only solution. If you do not want it, then—–fight.”
Through the centuries mankind has been given the key to happiness over and over again. Scriptures from the world’s great religions without exception give guidance. Yet mankind ignores this advice and continues to be dominated by the self-serving ego. The ego is all about me; “What I want; what I need; how I suffer; how I am a victim; how I am better than others; and how I must improve my outer conditions to gain acceptance.” If mankind is ever to rise above the mentality of the ego and the fear it emotes to higher awareness such as peace, truth, love and purity we must come to know who we really are.
We must, as Wayne Dyer says; “Banish the doubt.” We need to learn to recognize the God within us. We are all sacred pieces of God. Since we all come from God, we must be sacred – a piece of what we come from. In his book, I Can See Clearly Now, Wayne Dyer states that; “So many people reverse the letters in sacred and are living scared.”
It is true when we are in the service of our ego, we live in fear. The fear of not being at the right place at the right time; fear of not achieving enough; fear of losing; fear of scarcity, fear of looking inferior, fear of not being in control. The list of ego’s fears is endless.
If we are to banish the doubt, we must cultivate the witness. The witness is the God within that observes all that comes before us. The witness sees but is detached. Eckhart Tolle in his book, The Power of Now writes of his first realization of his higher self. His mind was in a constant state of hopeless misery with thoughts of loneliness, lack, morbidity and shame. Finally, he writes; “I cannot live with myself any longer. This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with. Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real.”
And indeed only one is real. It is the higher self, the witness. The Ego is not real, but without the power of the witness we are not aware of the illusion. The ego is never satisfied and will send us on an endless pursuit of happiness in all the wrong places. When we cultivate the witness we learn to respond only to those thoughts that resonate with our higher self. We learn that our mind is filled with an endless array of minutia with very little substance. We soon learn we are not those thoughts and in reality most of those thoughts are not even original to us. As we cultivate the witness we learn we have the power to control the ego. The thoughts of the ego are part of our earthly experience, but as we cultivate the inner witness, our mind’s endless chatter will slow and we feel the freedom the witness brings.
As we cultivate the witness, we free ourselves from the ego’s destructive power. Life will continue to bring its challenges and struggles, but we will not be ‘beat down’ by them. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the following in her book, Death: The Final Stage of Growth:
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
The golden Rule teaches us to; “Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.” In other words, produce to distribute, feed before you eat, give before you take, think of others before you think of yourself.
Take time every day to cultivate the witness within you. Sit quietly and observe your thoughts. Just witness without judgment the thoughts that race through your mind. Watch the craziness and disorder of those thoughts. If you make it a practice every day to witness them you will begin to recognize the ego. And as you continue to sit quietly your thoughts will slow and you will begin to feel the deep inner peace of the witness (God in You).
Blaise Pascal who lived from 1623 to 1662 wrote; “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone”
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’; “We don’t need any new formulas to peace. We do need to follow the teachings of the great teachers through the centuries. They all agree. Happiness will come of its own accord when we love and care for one another.”
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