In the first half of this section, we learned that we create our ego through our thoughts and judgments about our experiences. We project those judgments, thoughts and feelings onto others and create an ego identity for each person we have contact with and that contact could be as simple as a thought. Each interaction alters our thoughts, feelings and perceptions, even at the thought level. Since we are 100% responsible for the creation of our ego and the ego is based on our thoughts, feelings and judgments about our experiences, then it would follow that we have the personal power to change our experience by changing our perceptions.
n this second half, we get a glimpse into some new themes: Charity, for example is introduced to us. We learn that we cannot give from an ego perspective because that means to give with the expectation of gain. In believing that we need to receive something in return in order to be charitable, we demonstrate a starting point of lack. If we operate from an abundance perspective, we have more than we could ever need and giving to others becomes a reason to do it more and we expect nothing in return, giving itself becomes the gift. When we operate from a perspective of lack and expect something in return, we are clearly not coming from a place of abundance.
In paragraph seven, we are reminded the ego literally lives by comparisons. We categorize and judge everything we perceive. Good or bad, light or dark, fat or skinny, happy or sad, blessed or evil, it is one of the earliest things we learn as tiny humans, how to compare and contrast and categorize things and label them and stick them in tiny boxes.
“But the idea that this is possible is a decision of the mind, which has become completely confused about what is really possible.”
It is a very efficient technique for the mind, its sort of a speed learning mechanism the mind uses to operate its memory filing system. Once we recognize this is how we do business, that awareness can be the catalyst for change. Awareness is always the first step.
“Salvation is nothing more than “right mindedness,” which is not the One-mindedness of the Holy Spirit but which must be achieved before one-mindedness is restored.”
Awareness and Right mindedness in this case can be synonymous. When we realize we are the same as everyone else, it is accepting our relationship with every other living thing on the planet and eliminating judgment.
“The ego cannot survive without judgment”
Therefor we must learn to lay aside judgment in order to be right minded.
We have already talked quite a bit about judgment and perception in our last few posts so, I won’t belabor that here.
“knowledge never involves comparisons. That is it’s main difference from everything else the mind can grasp”