There are only two ways, one is not really a ‘way’ at all, it’s an illusion, but it shows up as the belief in separateness. The true way, the only real way is oneness with God, that’s who you really are. That’s who all your brothers and sisters really are. The only right minded thing you can do is to decide for God but you will need help to keep on deciding for God. That’s what The Holy Spirit is for. To decide for God just requires a nod to God, a holding out your hand to God. It’s a beautiful moment of surrender, it’s a beautiful moment of realising actually you’re not surrendering anything. The only barometer you can use to test if you are on the right path is:
‘are you experiencing a peace that goes beyond your normal egoic understanding, and is it void of guilt or fear?’
If you’re not experiencing this peace, it is a sure sign that the ego has hitched a lift. But don’t fear, it’s just another amazing opportunity to turn, ever so slightly, towards God and He will take care of the rest.
Whenever there is negativity in you, if you can be aware at that moment that there is something in you that takes pleasure in it or believes it has a purpose, you are becoming aware of the ego directly. The moment this happens, your identity has shifted from ego to awareness. This means the ego is shrinking and awareness is growing.
There is a saying – “if you can’t think of anything nice to say about someone, then don’t say anything at all”. I wonder if there is some truth in that. All negativity can be traced back to the ego but how do you protect yourself from being taken advantage of? When someone is ‘out to destroy you’, is that often a construct of your own mind, a delusion? What about when you are the victim of crime or torture or you are the target of injustice at work or by the state? How do you deal with that? It’s all about context. Am I just being right or am I being like Mandela, standing in truth AND reconciliation? Let’s be real my friends but starting from a place of peace and stillness of the heart – not from the righteous indignation of the ego – we will know the difference.
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