Spiritual Awakening and Knowing Who We Are Not
Spiritual awakening is to awaken from the ego, it’s not the
person who awakens, but awakening awakens to itself.
I got inspired to write a little bit about the differences between the ego and spirit, because when we know who and what we are not and are sincere about those mind-made constructions within ourselves, the true nature of our beingness can come forth and let itself be known with no use of words or intellectual understanding.
Spiritual awakening is the disolvance of the ego; shed what you are not and the true self will reveal itself, and awareness is the key to that. (Although “we” are not in control of the awakening itself).
With spiritual awakening the ego dies and Life comes alive as the form of a human, and even though the personality is still there, likes and dislikes are still there, the sense of a self being awakened is not.
To explain what we really are in words is pretty much impossible; how do you explain Love with words? (What we really are is indescribable).
Simply by knowing what we’re not we are prone to know ourselves.
Here follows a few points to shed some light into this:
(These are only a few examples to get the inspiration flowing and to get inspired to investigation and self inquiry).
EGO: Feels the need to be liked, needs approval from others and is concerned about reputation.
SPIRIT: Is authentic, fearless, being who you are, has integrity and is open and honest.
EGO: Holds grudges. Ego insists.
SPIRIT: Forgives. Spirit lets go.
EGO: Revels in stories and identifies with them, and holds on to past.
SPIRIT: Lives in the Now.
EGO: Apathetic or never content and thus pushes its way through life. That which is ignorant.
SPIRIT: Vitality and feeling of really being alive and driven by inspiration. That which is aware.
EGO: Pride/guilt. “I made this”, “I should not have done that”. Thinks it has a life. (Duality; as in “I am a person having a life that I need to control or else..”)
SPIRIT: Humble, awake to the impulses of life. Listens to intuition and follows the nudges from within regardless of if it’s logical ot not. Knows it is being lived by life, directed by life; Oneness/IS Life.
EGO: Ignorant and arrogant; obsessed, must know and understand meaning, compulsive thinking. Not comfortable with not-knowingness.
SPIRIT: Wise and open, trusting itself. Has no need to know, complete faith.
EGO: Urgent, pushes, frustration, frantic doer. (Lives in past/future).
SPIRIT: Patient, trusting, this moment is our whole life, beingness. (Lives in the Now).
EGO: Identifies with form, not essence; tries to get peace (sometimes at all cost).
SPIRIT: IS peace (being peace).
EGO: Needs conflict, but avoids it too, manipulates.
SPIRIT: Is honest, has integrity, is sincere.
EGO: Is always under some kind of threat; ‘this person may leave, I may loose this or not get that’.
SPIRIT: Trusts that all is well at all times, regardless of what circumstances we are under. Doesn’t loose peace because it doesn’t have it, it IS it. Knows it can’t be hurt.
EGO: Plays roles and looses itself when they lose their role (the role of being a parent, employee, businessman etc) and defines itself though what they have or through relationships.
SPIRIT: Knows it is One with all, while at the same time having a close relationship with all and thus would not have the impulse to harm. Would Love hurt itself? Takes care and cares for what’s around them without loosing themselves in any kind of drama.
EGO: Is within the known, (that which is comfortable and familiar) and is motivated by fear.
SPIRIT: Is the unknown (outside the comfort zone, in uncertainty). Inspired by love and has complete trust.
EGO: Doesn’t want to listen, gets offended easily. It’s always in a hurry.
SPIRIT: Asks you to listen to your intuition and follow the guidance of your inner voice.
Watch these differences and learn through awareness but watch and observe without judgement, simply become aware of thoughts; don’t try to solve anything by becoming overly involved (no need to get hooked into analyzing anything), no condemnation needed (the ego is not “bad”, only ignorant), simply a sincere openness and the willingness to be awareness itself is what opens up for insights and revelations of our true nature.
Awareness and complete honesty with ourselves is the key to freedom.
The ego is a collection of all the thoughts, beliefs and ideas we have of ourselves that we have learned throughout our life, all the things we have been told we are and all the things we have built up as in creating a “self” (which can be a so called “positive” self as well); yet in truth we are beyond mind.
So, the ego can also be the “nice” and positive images and ideas we have of ourselves, nevertheless, they are not who we really are at all, but to see who we are, we have took very closely to what we are not.