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EGO


Chinese charater for self

SELF ... Self ... self ... ego ... Ego ... EGO

Self is refered to as the consciousness of bodily substance
while ego is considered lack of consciousness of bodily substance

Chinese charater for ego

selfishness

self-esteem

selflessness

self-knowledge

self-actualization

ego consciousness


"Were you to ponder, but for a while, these utterances in your heart, you would surely find the portals of understanding unlocked before your face, and would behold all knowledge and the mysteries thereof unveiled before your eyes. Such things take place only that the souls of men may develop and be delivered from the prison-cage of self and desire." - Bahá'u'lláh


prison of your mind


"Your ego is a set of thoughts that define your universe. It's like a familiar room built of thoughts; you see the universe through its windows. You are secure in it, but to the extent that you are afraid to venture outside, it has become a prison. Your ego has you conned. You believe you need its specific thoughts to survive. The ego controls you through your fear of loss of identity. To give up these thoughts, it seems, would annihilate you, and so you cling to them." - Ram Dass

"Saints and mystics have tried for thousands of years to teach us how we are trapped in a delusion about who we are. This delusion inevitably brings about suffering, and eventually a crisis that can only be resolved through a collapse, a surrender, and an opening to a state of being beyond previous self-limitation. You are not a "flesh-encapsulated ego"and lasting happiness can never result from pursuing the ego's agenda." - Charles Eisenstein

"One method for bringing about bodhicitta, the aspiration to attain highest enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings, is Exchanging Self for Others. In this method we work at recognizing how dependent we are on others for all we have. We contemplate how the homes we live in, the clothes we wear, the roads we drive on, have all been created by the hard work of others. So much work has gone into providing us with the shirt we are wearing, from planting the cottonseed to weaving the fabric and sewing the garment. The slice of bread we eat had to be baked by someone. The wheat had to be planted by someone else and, after irrigation and fertilization, had to be harvested and then milled into flour. This had to be kneaded into dough and then baked appropriately. It would be impossible to count all the people involved in providing us with a simple slice of bread. Even our personal virtues, such as our patience and ethical sense, are all developed in dependence upon others. Through this train of thought we come to recognize how dependent we are on others for all we enjoy in life. We must work at developing this recognition as we go about our everyday lives." - Dalai Lama




i am strong

ego is defined as:

that part of the mind individuals use to distance their minds from their own bodily substance and the bodily substance of others

the enduring and conscious element that knows experience and makes conscious vocal judgments in a thought stream which identifies itself as "I"

Freudian Psychoanalysis: the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the physical and social environment.


self is defined as:

personification;

embodiment of soul;

unique individual identity;

of the same character throughout;

essential being of an individual;

one's consciousness of one's own being;

essential characteristics distinguishing one individual from another;

Biologically: immune system identification of deoxyribonucleic acid as belonging to the bodily source.

The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; an individual as distinctly individual; a being regarded as having personality.

A small, dynamically typed object-oriented language, based purely on prototypes and delegation. Self was developed by the Self Group at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Inc. and Stanford University. It is an experimental exploratory programming language. Release 2.0 introduces full source level debugging of optimised code, adaptive optimization to shorten compile pauses, lightweight threads within Self, support for dynamically linking foreign functions, changing programs within Self and the ability to run the experimental Self graphical browser under OpenWindows. Designed for expressive power and malleability, Self combines a pure, prototype-based object model with uniform access to state and behavior. Unlike other languages, Self allows objects to inherit state and to change their patterns of inheritance dynamically. Self's customising compiler can generate very efficient code compared to other dynamically-typed object-oriented languages.





Self is used in the formation of innumerable compounds, usually of obvious signification, in most of which it denotes either the agent or the object of the action expressed by the word with which it is joined, or the individual in behalf of whom it is performed, or the individual or thing to, for, or towards whom or which a quality, attribute, or emotional expression by the following word belongs, is directed, or is exerted, or from which it proceeds; or it denotes the subject of, or object affected by, such action, quality, attribute, feeling, or the like; as, self-abandoning, self-abhorring, self-abnegation, self-absorbed, self-administered, self-affirmation, self-aggrandizing, self-aggravated, self-alienated, self-animated, self-annihilation, self-assertiveness, self-assurance, self-avowed, self-aware, self-balanced, self-blindness, self-centeredness, self-chosen, self-commendation, self-compassion, self-condemnation, self-conquest, self-confidence, self-conflict, self-congratulation, self-consciousness, self-constituted, self-control, self-consuming, self-contained, self-contempt, self-contradictory, self-correcting, self-criticism, self-damagingself-dealing, self-deception, self-defeating, self-defense, self-definition, self-delusion, self-denial, self-depreciation, self-described, self-designed, self-destruction, self-discipline, self-determination, self-dominion, self-doubt, self-dramatization, self-evident, self-educated, self-elected, erected, evolved and ejected, self-enforcing, self-evasion, self-enlightenment, self-enrichment, self-expectations, self-exalting, self-excusing, self-existent, self-experimentation, self-expression, self-exile, self-focused, self-fulfillment, self-govern, self-harm, self-help, self-helpless, self-humiliation, self-identity, self-idolized, self-image, self-immolation, self-imprisoned, self-imposed, self-improvement, self-inflation, self-inflicted, self-injuring, self-interest, self-interrogation, self-instruction, self-judgment, self-justification, self-knowledge, self-limitation, self-loathing, self-love, self-maintenance, self-mastered, self-medicating, self-motivated, self-nourishment, self-observation, self-obsessed, self-operating, self-perfect, self-perpetuation, self-pity, self-pleasing, self-policing, self-promotion, self-praising, self-preservation, self-proclaimed, self-protective, self-questioned, self-realization, self-redemptive, self-reflection, self-regulation, self-reinforcing, self-reliant, self-respect, self-replicating, self-restraining, self-revelation, self-righteous, self-ruined, self-rule, self-sabotage, self-sacrifice, self-satisfaction, self-serving, self-starting, self-sufficient, self-support, self-survival, self-sustaining, self-stopping, self-tormenting, self-transcendence, self-transforming, self-troubling, self-trust, self-tuition, self-upbraiding, self-valuing, self-warming, self-worshiping, self-worth, and many, many, many, many others.


The Century Of Self : Happiness Machines


ego consciousness,
self-consciousness,
self-knowledge
self-awareness and
self-conceptualization


The Ego is simply conscious thought patterns that an individual indentifies as Self.

Ego consciousness is simply the awareness of enduring conscious thought patterns with which an individual Eternal Human Soul identifies as Self.


"Peaceful societies devalue competition, self-focus, and other ego-centered social behaviors."
- Bruce D. Bonta


"Spiritual intelligence acquired in the process of experiential self-exploration has the power to override the scientistic worldview of materialistic science while effectively acting as a remedy to counteract the dogmas of organized religions." - Stanislav Grof


ego inverse of knowledge

"Man will become better when you show him what he is like."
- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


"If we are to succeed in the development of a true science of the Absolute - one that enables us to overcome the quandaries and aporias of current thought - we must first overcome the ego itself. The shift in consciousness that comes about from the death of the ego alone is capable of revealing the ultimate horizon of the Real." - Shunyamurti


egolessness

Ego consciousness or self-consciousness is understanding what you believe you know of reality is limited to your firsthand experiences and, secondhand, to personal experiences that others share with you.

All that you believe you are is your idea/concept/image of your self - your self-conceptualization.

To activate the process of psychic expansion requires the dispersion of certain existing materialistic ego structures and belief systems.

Dispersion of ego structures is necessary to free oneself from the bonds of acculturation - ie. conditioning through social control, propaganda, entertainment , branding, etcetera.

The dispersion of ego structures has also been termed spirtual ego death and the attainment of the state of egolessness.

Ego is conditioned by socially ingrained information which has shaped our opinion of who we are, our self-conceptualization, the conceptual idea/image of self that resides in our conscious, our subconscious and our memory.

Most people relate to reality through expanding circles of interlocked relationships - self, mate, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community, state, nation - with their own ego seeming to dwell at the center of it all.

This innate, culturally inbred tendency, a paradoxical mixture of truth and illusion, is a phenomenon we must be able to comprehend fully. It is true that reality seems to expand outward from each individual ego's point of reference, but it is an illusion to see that point of reference as the center of the universe.

This is an illusion not easily dispelled.

Self-centeredness is an archaic trait, rooted in territorial animal impulses and ignorance of reality beyond the tribal area of experience. Most ancient tribes thought their tribe was at the center of the universe, and they were the Chosen Ones.

Even today many people across the face of the Earth think their ethnic group is somehow more unique, more special than others, or their nation is superior in historical cultural richness, or their brand of religion is the only brand of religion worth considering.

Projection stems from self-blindness.

Most people are unaware of their negative traits, because they are subconsciously skilled in psychological euphemism.

Misers see themselves as stringently thrifty.

Jealous people see themselves as being justifiably protective, guarding against intrusion into what they consider rightfully theirs.

A selfish person thinks in terms of realistically taking care of number one, projecting unworthiness onto anyone in need of compassionate giving.

Vain people look in the mirror and see well deserved self-esteem and self-assurance.

Lust and sexual exploitation are explained away by the perpetrator as the uninhibited sexual adventures of a superior person not obligated to common moral guidelines.

Sanctimonious religious people of every sect, blind to their own hypocrisy, see themselves as holier than all the "sinners" around them.

Corporate executives and businessmen see themselves as elite power holders with no need to pay heed to the negative consequences befalling fellow humans due to their actions.

Politicians blind to their own shadows project their repressed flaws and deceits onto targets they themsleves indentify with their graffiti.

To withdraw projection is to acknowledge that many attributes projected outward belong to oneself.

Self-knowledge or ‘enlightenment' demands expansive perception and annihilation of delusions and illusions.

Self-knowledge can ignite the experience known as "ego death" and spiritual rebirth.

To be able to perceive your own ego from a more objective perspective, you have to become familiar with areas and abilities of your mind that ordinary consciousness is only partially aware of - subconscious depths and selfless states of consciousness.

Self-observation is a foundational aspect of self-knowledge.

Periodically pause to take note of what you are thinking about, the quality of your thoughts.

Useless fantasies, daydreams, futile longings and meaningless meandering change the direction and quality of most of your thinking. The mental discipline of periodically saying "stop," and observing your thoughts, can develop into an enriching practice to help you gain a significant degree of mental control. To bring about a change from habitual energy-wasting thought activity to constructive directed consciousness is an essential element of the process of spiritual awakening.

The bottom line is the basic necessity of cultivating a state of constant vigilance, so that one does not succumb to a delusion of awakening, or escape into a traditional religious or theosophical belief system, or get snagged into some ego enhancing cult, "-ism" or "ology."

A foundational element of self-knowledge is to thoroughly know your positive and negative psychological traits.

The positive traits are those which help you keep a grateful commitment to the quest,
despite hardship, fear, or collective pressure.

"With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from The Garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them, too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks." - Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The negative is anything which may sway you away from commitment. Negative traits can be subtle and hard to detect, because they are often seen in a positive light by the collective - vanity perceived as justified self-esteem, selfishness as prudence, lust for prestige as healthy ambition, greed as necessary self-assertiveness.

The path of self-knowledge is undertaken as a way to arrive at authentic "gnosis tes hodu", knowledge of God, insight into the very soul of nature."

- adapted from Lew Paz, Pushing Ultimates



kill your ego, save yourself


make ignorance history know yourself


The Tree Unaware of its State

A man cut down a tree one day.
A Sufi who saw this taking place said:
'Look at this fresh branch which is full of sap,
happy because it does not yet know that it has been cut off.
Ignorant of the damage which it has suffered it may be
but it will know in due time. Meanwhile you cannot reason with it.'
This severance, this ignorance, these are the state of man.
Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur



"Turn thy sight onto thyself,
that thou mayest find God standing within thee,
mighty, powerful and self-subsisting." - Bahá'u'lláh


"If you really want to know yourself, you will search out your heart and your mind to know their full content and when there is the intention to know, you will know. Then you can follow, without condemnation or justification, every movement of thought and every feeling as it arises; by following every thought and every feeling as it arises you bring about tranquility which is not compelled, not regimented, but which is the outcome of having no problems, no contradiction.

It is like the pool that becomes peaceful, quiet, any evening when there is no wind; when the mind is still, then that which is immeasurable comes into being." - J. Krishnamurti




traits of self-actualizing individuals
(or learning to act in rational self-interested manner)

Chinese charater for self-respectChinese charater for self-controlChinese charater for self-discipline

"Praise to that happening, over and over!
For years I pulled my own existence out of emptiness.
Then one swoop, one swing of the arm, that work is over.
Free of who I was, free of presence, free of dangerous fear,
free of hope, free of mountainous wanting." - Rumi

"When all things are seen equally the timeless self-essence is reached."
-Hsin Hsin Ming

"Every once in a while we run into people who are still firmly embedded in modern technological society yet who have cast off its hurried, anxious, alienated mindsets and adopted a more easy-going, playful attitude toward life. Often this happens after a major illness or other personal calamity reveals the vacuity of former ambitions and preoccupations.

They say, "I stopped taking life so seriously," or "I came back to what's really important." Yet despite not taking it so seriously, they are not detached from life. They are not passionless or indifferent, but if anything more involved and more fully engaged in the moment, because it is precisely the anxiety of modern life that removes us from the moment, that makes us feel we cannot afford to "be here now" - to fully engage in whatever we are doing.

Another thing these people say is, "I stopped taking myself so seriously," pointing toward the original source of modern ugliness, suffering, and anxiety in our misconception of self." - Charles Eisenstein

"In healthy people, the more you activate a portion of your frontal lobes, the more accurate your view of yourself is. The more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the less you use those frontal lobes."- Jennifer Beer

"The act of selecting a self out of memes is a conceptual bricolage which produces a persona." - Edward Wilson & Wes Unruh



The Seven Interrogation Tactics of the Art of Self-Interrogation



The Questioning to the Nth Degree Tactic: Solutions to hypothetical or actual psychological dilemma are found in the absolute roots of their conception. Once a solution has been settled upon it must then be carefully re-analyzed for inbuilt biases, incongruities, preconceived notions and opinionated preconceptions not found to be congruent with the Natural Order. One must begin self-interrogation in this way so as to achieve the higher-state of consciousness that is required for self-awareness.

The Iconoclasm Tactic: This tactic is all about poking holes in sacred presumptions and deliberately shattering images of hypocrisy. The truly spiritual individual does not identify with any ideology, institution, religion, or state. The heretical blasphemer, a Fool, is left free to create and modify the ideas, memes, concepts, symbols and ideas spiraling around him playing with cultural memes in an attempt to inject compassion and understanding into any given situation. This heroic individual worldview is truly symbolic of the Natural Order.

The Perception Overhaul Tactic: A thorough repair, renovation, or revision of a perceptual outlook. This type of interrogation tactic focuses on perception, both phenomenal and psychological. The question, "Is the glass half-full or half-empty?" serves to demonstrate, not only the way an object can be perceived in different ways, but the way concepts and emotional states can be perceived in different ways, even by the same person in different places and/or at different times. The ideal state achieved by the Perception Overhaul Tactic is one of plasticity and fluidity through the overall awareness of perceptual fluctuations, both personal and public.

Counter-Weltanschauung Dynamics Tatic: Is simply a challenging of worldviews and the bringing into question of the framework of ideas and beliefs that individuals use to interpret and interact with their world. Weltanschauung is German for worldview, a perspective of reality imprinted socially and culturally. Counter-Weltanschauung Dynamics is a way of questioning one's worldview by describing its polar opposite, so as to arrive at a more open-minded understanding of one's interpretation of the world as a whole. The ideal state achieved by the Counter-Weltanschauung Dynamics tactic is one of cross-cultural open-mindedness and anti-dogmatic empathy for other-than-self worldviews.

The Cognitive Dissonance Counter-Intuitive Tatic : This tactic emphasizes the fact that humans are always rationalizing but are seldom rational beings about things unseen outside the periphery of their personal environment. By understanding and analyzing the cognitive dissonance in oneself and within others, a self-interrogator discovers, otherwise hidden biases, prejudices, and beliefs. A self-interrogator also realizes how reality can be counter-intuitive, for example: While it seems that a group of people gathered together by capital to form corporations might help benefit mankind by bringing products and services to market that benefit mankind that single individuals could not hope to accomplish the truth is that by forming syndicates that exclude wide swaths of people they are, in truth, benefitting only themselves.

The Occam's Razor Tactic: Shedding the superfluous. This tactic focuses on making sense of human senselessness by carving away at ideas, hypothesis, and theories to make them more sound and applicable to natural order. The Occam's Razor tactic is used to discern the more elegant idea from those of less elegance. In conjunction with Occam's Razor its dilectic opposite Crabtree's Bludgeon must be considered: "No set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated." The ideal state achieved by the Occam's razor Tactic is one of elegance in the face of superfluity (elegance is the soul of acumen) and a personification of Shakespeare's quote, "Brevity is the soul of wit.

McGee's Guillotine: This is dropping a massive hit of LSD cold, getting hit on the head or having a near death experience! This is a tactic of outright decapitation; a pruning, scalping, and beheading of the intellect and its tainting of Natural Order (wishing things to be different than they are). This tactic strips away the ignorance of human opinion and replaces it with natural dictation. It goes beyond shedding superfluity and cuts the human intellect out of the equation so that the soul shines forth: open-minded, non-dogmatic, fluid, and plastic in its self-actualization of the original equation. The ideal state achieved with McGee's Guillotine is an actualization of self through an understanding of the actual reality of the Natural Order.

adapted from "Z", a retired navy intelligence specialist



maslows heirarchy


Reaching self-actualization is not a matter of all-or-none,
but a never-ending, gradual process of self-improvement.


Even so there is a clear demarcation between self-actualized individuals and
emotionally conditioned individuals still laboring under the spell of power and wealth.

Self-actualized individuals have typically moved beyond the need to fulfill basic desires including physiological needs (the literal requirements for human survival), personal security needs (living in freedom from fear) and social needs (have felt a sense of belonging and acceptance at some extended period during their lifetime) to a realm of higher needs based on morality, creativity, naturalness and the establishment of an understanding of reality as it actually is. Self-actualized individuals are not young. Reaching self-actualization typically takes at least a half century of living experience.

Self-actualization is a process that occurs simultaneously both on conscious and subconscious levels but is begun by conscious effort. Some of the traits of self-actualizing individuals may appear to be contradictory at first glance.

Self-actualizing individuals wish to make the most out of their lives and embark upon a the course that is most likely to lead to the fulfillment of that goal. In American social culture this seems to be a contradiction in that individuals that wish to make the most out of their lives are expected to make a lot of money. There is a clear demarcation between those that have attained self-actualization and those who believe they have actualized self when in reality they have only actualized the basic desires of the ego.

Self-actualizing individuals are not only open to new experiences but eager to learn new skills, examine new ideas and garner new understanding even if it does not fit into their existing schemata of reality or contradicts previously held opinions and attitudes. A general reason for this openness is that self-actualizers are attracted to the unknown, rather than afraid of it, as they find the unknown a vast mysterious landscape where new discoveries lie just around the next bend in the river, down the path through the glade or near the peak of yonder mountain.

Due to this trait alone in general self-actualizing individuals have an accurate perception of reality.

In contrast to emotionally conditioned individuals self-actualizing individuals do not tend to deny, repress or deform perceptions in order to make them fit preconceived notions or prejudices. As a result of the denial of self-delusion self-actualizing individuals experience no contradiction between what they feel on a intuitive subconscious level and what they think on a conscious rational level. (They have escaped spiritual corruption.)

Even though self-actualizing individuals appreciate newness there is a tendency to enjoy and re-experience well-known stimuli in a new way termed by Abraham Maslow as freshness of appreciation or what Daniel Gilbert would describe as a re-setting of the hedonic thermostat.

A self-actualizer experiences beauty, joy, awe and wonder in simple unadulterated natural experinences such as "stopping to smell the roses" thus finding joy in this eternal moment. Typically the sense of beauty, wonder or revivification a self-actualizer experiences is triggered by ordinary objects or situations familiarly connected to previously enjoyed experiences such as "stopping to smell the roses."

A self-actualizer finds revivification in nature, in children, in music, in mechanical work, in preparing a savory meal, in learning something new or in the validation of a previously unproven hypothesis. For the self-actualizer these spontaneous feelings of awe and wonder at times become so intense, that they may be termed mystical experiences - a glimpse into the workings of the vast mysterious patterned landscape of the universe.

The behavior of self-actualizers is generally characterized by naturalness. They do not tend to wear masks or play roles, or feel inhibited or restricted in their thoughts, feelings and actions.

Self-actualizing individuals are unconcerned with what people think of them as they are realists who understand that they have little to no control over what others think of them or feel about them. Their naturalness is expressed by their general creativity, which in the most part is not specialized in a single talent.

Self-actualizing creativity consists in holding a generally playful attitude towards problem-solving and self-expression which automatically assumes that the conventional and traditionally accepted methods are not necessarily the best or only way. This applies to the intellectual domains of art, science, philosophy, religion, theology as well as to everyday tasks such as gardening and cooking.

This lack of inhibition or tension may be understood by a self-actualizing individual's general attitude of acceptance of nature, people as they are and self as it is - flaws and all. They do not feel unhappy, anxious, ashamed or guilty because of apparent constraints or shortcomings they cannot change, especially anything that is entirely out of their control such as the weather, physiological processes, the natural workings of nature or the legislation being passed to serve corporate interests.

A self-actualizing individual is concerned with the discrepancies that exist between social cultural conditions of what is and what might be. They may loudly proclaim their dislike of economic conditions, political reality and social cultural conditions they find distasteful as they realize that although they can not change nature they can change the hearts and minds of critical thinkers.

A self-actualizing individual's intrinsic stability allows them to maintain relative serenity in situations of social upheaval, economic disaster and natural catastrophes - volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, global warming, extinction of life, .

Self-actualizers have a well-developed system of personal moral values aided by unbiased perception. They typically do not vacillate or hesitate between alternatives as they are confident of their capacity to solve problems quickly and efficiently. In situations of uncertainty self-actualizers prefer to postpone a decision rather than make a premature one thus allowing time for the subconscious to sift the remaining ambiguities.

In general self-actualizing individuals will focus on a problem or task outside themselves rather than daydream, fantasize or otherwise bemoan their personal existence.

This task may become a general "mission" to which they devote their life. Working on accomplishing this task is what a self-actualizing individual enjoys most tending not to separate work from leisure. Self-actualizing individuals enjoy solitude and detachment to pursue their interests. In certain situations they may be exacerbated into stubbornness, absent-mindedness and shortness of temper especially if they feel distractions are undermining their concentration.

We might summarize their attitude towards problems as follows: they have the patience to endure the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the ones from the others.

Self-actualizing individuals relations with other people and the social culture are characterized first of all by their autonomy. Self-actualizing individuals make decisions for themselves without having to rely on the opinions of others or on conditioned rules, conventions and values imposed by the directors of the social culture. Their opinions are generally independent of the American popular social culture in which they live, and they pay little attention to social conventions, though they will superficially respect them if transgressing the rules of conduct brings about needless conflict.

Self-actualizers have a general feeling of empathy and kinship towards humanity as a whole. They tend to have a democratic character structure being friendly towards everybody, especially towards children while not quickly rushing to harsh character judgements.

Self-actualizing individuals are willing to listen to, and especially learn from, people of any class, race, age, religion or ideology, without being inhibited by prejudices and preconceived notions.

Self-actualizing individuals are capable of more intense and profound interpersonal relations than other people, though they are highly selective about which people they relate to, preferring those associations which allow spontaneous contributions of new knowledge. The intimate friends and lovers of self-actualizers are in general close to self-actualization themselves. Self-actualizing relationships are characterized by extreme sincerity, self-disclosure and intimacy, by the dropping of all defense mechanisms.

As American social culture is based on the behavior and values represented by the corporate conglomerate controlled mass media which the majority of Americans have been conditioned to believe is simply looking after the best interests of America it is quite apparent that self-actualizers form a very small politically disenfranchised minority. Most of the majority have difficulty understand self-actualizing individuals since they behave and think in a quite unique and unconventional manner. In particular it is difficult to categorize them along one of the many dimensions or polarities which are typically used to describe ordinary personality types and behaviors: their behavior is somehow selfish and altruistic at the same time - what they like for themselves is in general best for all.

Self-actualizers when making errors in judgement will be faster to admit the error and rectify the error if such rectification is possible. The detachment and unconventionality self-actualizing individuals exhibit may be interpreted as discourtesy, lack of respect or affection, as hostility or negativity and in some instances as withdrawal.

A self-actualizing individuals unemotional and clear-cut decision-making in the treatment of others, e.g. in cutting off unsatisfactory relations, may seem cold but is in actuality a blessing for both parties. Self-actualizing individuals philosophical, unhostile sense of humor, makes them look rather serious in the eyes of many people.

Self-actualizers many times give the impression of a superior, flexible intelligence that scares many people as those people are unable to predict what to expect from them.

In what Abraham Maslow calls transcendence of dichotomies self-actualizing individuals often refuse to chose between two seemingly contradictory solutions perfering to search for a way of solving the problem by synthesizing the advantages of the two alternatives.

This capacity for "dialectical synthesis" is perhaps the characteristic which most fundamentally distinguishes self-actualizing individuals from non self-actualizing individuals and also that which makes it difficult to situate them in one of the conventional psychological classifications of personality types.
- adapted from Francis Heylighen's anaylsis of Abraham Maslow's theory of self-actualization



simple spiral dynamics



Keep Your Dragon in the Snow

"A self -proclaimed "dragon hunter" went into the mountains to trap a dragon. He searched all over the mountains and at last discovered the frozen body of an enormous dragon in a cave high up on one of the tallest peaks. The hunter brought the body to Baghdad. He claimed that he had slaughtered it single-handedly and exhibited it on the bank of the Euphrates.

Thousands of people turned out to see the dragon. The heat of the Baghdad sun started to warm up the dragon's frozen body, and it began to stir, slowly awakening from its winter hibernation. People screamed and stampeded, and many were killed. The hunter stood frozen in terror and the dragon devoured him in a single gulp.


Your lower self is like that dragon, a savage tyrant.
Never believe it's dead; it's only frozen.
Always keep your dragon in the snow of self-discipline.
Never carry it into the heat of the Baghdad sun.
Let that dragon of yours stay always dormant.
If it's freed it'll devour you in one gulp."
- Rumi


Chinese charater for self-respectChinese charater for daughterChinese charater for self-controlChinese charater for self-discipline

Self-respect is the daughter of self-control and self-discipline.


"The ethical self-disciplining of the ego-mind and its impure desires is the necessary first step in establishing both clarity and community." - Shunyamurti


"Our deepest satisfactions come from what we have made of ourselves. Making something of life requires being allowed to make mistakes, learning from them and - over time, with false starts - working our way into valued places through our work, our families or our communities. This is what produces self-respect, and self-respect is indispensable to happiness. The catch is that self-respect must be earned. Earning it requires the freedom to act and taking responsibility for the consequences of one's actions." - Charles Murray



filled with spirit

selflessness

Chinese charater for selfless service

"The Path towards God is selflessness." - Rumi

The state of selflessness, nirvana, gained through knowledge and wisdom is typically misunderstood by both the individual and society in general.

The individual commonly sees selflessness as the loss or subjugation of the self, I or ego.

This is not what true selflessness entails.

True selflessness is an abandonment of ego patterns.

Abandonment of ego patterns does not mean a loss of self physically, but a loss of all the concerns of those ego patterns.

Concerns of the ego are those things we wish to occur, those things also known as desires.

The common ego judges how happy, content and at peace it is with itself on the ego's success in achieving the ego's goals based on the ego's desires.
Once requirements for continued existence are met then all other desire is simply window dressing for the ego.

Ego, freed of desire, lives happily in contentment and enjoys inner peace within 'itself'.

Compassion comes to the ego freed of desire as an ego freed of desire feels the pain of another ego in distress and empathizes - naturally.



evil genius seeks minions !

Selflessness must not be confused with self-sacrifice.

Self-sacrifice involves long-term thought while selflessness
involves short-term thought.



Americans hold a double-standard in regards to death.


Although citizens must refrain from planning and committing acts resulting in violent death, 'bad' death, the State feels no such compunction.

The State must therefore create 'good' death.


Untimely death through violence is glorified throughout mass media as well as in the speeches and writings of those wearing patriotic stripes as a necessary ‘evil' to forward the goals of the ‘good'. Under this condition self-sacrifice in the service of the State is seen as an acceptable choice - a heroic choice for the ‘good.'

Death is expediently accepted at the societal level as the populace continues to believe that the current sacrifice of young human life is a means to a ‘good' end.

This sacrifice of life is no different than in the past when the human sacrifice was the virgin thrown into the volcano or the children to Moloch in Gehenna.

Sacrifices are made to assure the continuation of the existing societal power structure.

Virgins were sacrificed to appease Pele, who lives in Halema'uma'u crater - the summit caldera of Ki-lauea. Children were burned alive to appease Moloch in the Valley of Hinnom. (Think Apocalypto! Population reduction method!)

Now it is the young American soldier sent to Afghanistan and Iraq to appease Mammon, thrown into a maelstrom created by the syndicate of the soulless in the worship of Mammon. The young American soldier is the modern human sacrifice. For his or her sacrifice the broken hearted parents receive an Award Certificate for the Purple Heart Medal.

Death is acceptable as long as one willingly sacrifices oneself.

But can such a one be considered a willing sacrifice if that one is not aware of actual reality?

The actual reality is self-sacrifice of oneself on the altar of the Synagogue of Satan/Moloch/Syndicate of the Soulless. This is the work of the Deciever, the Dark One that bends and discolores the Perfect Light of the Creator and Sustainer with the Discolored Prismatic Gemstone of the Abyss!


In truth there is no 'good' death !
There is just simply death.



self-esteem

"In short, despite the enthusiastic embrace of self-esteem, we found that it conferred only two benefits. It feels good and it supports initiative. Those are nice, but they are far less than we had once hoped for, and it is very questionable whether they justify the effort and expense that schools, parents and therapists have put into raising self-esteem.

After all these years, I am sorry to say, my recommendation is this: Forget about self-esteem and concentrate more on self-control and self-discipline. Recent work suggests this would be good for the individual and good for society - and might even be able to fill some of those promises that self-esteem once made but could not keep."

-Roy F. Baumeister, a professor at the department of psychology at Florida State University.



"A generation has come of age on the belief that a positive mental attitude will carry the day. Far from helping disciples empowerment gurus, for example Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil McGraw, do them a disservice by making them "think positive" about a situation in which the odds of success are exceedingly low.

High self-worth is actually a marker for negative behavior,
as found in sociopaths and drug kingpins.


Even in its less extreme manifestations, confidence may easily be expressed in the kind of braggadocio -
"I'm fine just the way I am, thank you" - that stunts growth, yielding chronic failure.

You cannot have a life plan predicated on the belief that everything is equally achievable to you - especially if that same message has been sold indiscriminately to all comers.

In the grand scheme of things, knowing one's limitations may be even more important than, knowing one's talents."

- Steve Salerno


"Wow, what a revelation: Self-help advocates put unrealistic notions in our heads, not unlike infomercial peddlers, preseason sports prognosticators, internet porn stars and presidents who lead us into war. So what else is new?" - Patrick Breen





selfishness


"He who is full of himself,
never imagine that he will ever hear the truth."
- Saadi of Shiraz

"Self-justification is worse than the original offence." - Sheikh Ziaudn


"We are born with the seed of our own death. From the moment of birth, we are approaching this inevitable demise. Then we must also contemplate that the time of our death is uncertain. Death does not wait for us to tidy up our lives. It strikes unannounced. At the time of our death, friends and family, the precious possessions we have so meticulously collected throughout our lives, are of no value. Not even this precious body, the vehicle of this lifetime, is of any use. Such thoughts help us diminish our preoccupation with the concerns of our present lives. They also begin to provide the groundwork for a compassionate understanding of how others find it difficult to let go of their self-centered concerns." - Dalai Lama

"Selfishness in all its forms seeks the benefit and inflation of a self rendered artificially small, a self which is in fact an ideological construct. Our selfish behavior is only superficially so; actually it conflicts with our true best interests. Chief among such behavior is that which ruthlessly maximizes the perceived benefits of the skin-encapsulated ego. Limiting our destructiveness is not a matter of reining in our natural selfish impulses; it is a matter of understanding who we really are. When we do not know who we are, of course our selfishness cannot benefit our true selves. Hence, the endemic misery in our society among winners and losers alike." - Charles Eisenstein

It is much easier for the human ego to see and criticize the faults and mistakes of others. By shifting the focus from within to without the contemplating ego, inflated with self-righteousness, is able to overlook its own faults and shortcomings while concentrating on the errors and mistakes of others.


put away the mask

I am the center of the universe!


"The indifference to the plight of others and the supreme elevation of the self is what the corporate state seeks to instill in us. It uses fear, as well as hedonism, to thwart human compassion."

Christopher Lynn Hedges


autistic = a tendency to view life in terms of one's own needs and desires


It is all about me. I have needs. I want it, give it to me!


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"The irrational nature of addictive consumption leads many Americans
to focus on the self to the exclusion of community." - Donald O. Mayer


"As men remain isolated in their absolute individuality, enjoying all their natural liberty, recognizing no limits to this liberty but those imposed by fact and not by right, they follow only one law - the law of natural egoism."

Mikhail Bakunin


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This website defines a new perspective with which to engage reality to which its author adheres. The author feels that the falsification of reality outside personal experience has created a populace unable to discern propaganda from reality and that this has been done purposefully by an international corporate cartel through their agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race. Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their religious ideology. This web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of the Way of Life - a rational gnostic mystery religion based on reason which requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no supreme leader, no church buildings and in which each and every individual is encouraged to develop a personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer through the pursuit of the knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the spiritual corruption that has enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The Truth of the Way of Life are spelled out in detail on this web site by the author. Violent acts against individuals due to their religious beliefs in America is considered a “hate crime."

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American social mores and values have declined precipitously over the last century as the corrupt international cartel has garnered more and more power. This power rests in the ability to deceive the populace in general through mass media by pressing emotional buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population through prior mass media psychological operations. The results have been the destruction of the family and the destruction of social structures that do not adhere to the corrupt international elites vision of a perfect world. Through distraction and coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.

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