Monday, 31 October 2016 12:27

Let us go for a week without looking at the world from our self concepts

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Let Us Perform This Experiment And Not See Ourselves As Our Self Concepts For A Week

Ozodi Osuji

Let us perform an experiment: go for a week without seeing ourselves as our self-concepts; let us not think or see from our self-concepts.

We are all aware that we have self-concepts and that we think and see and do everything from our self-concepts.

Think about it, everything we do is done from our self-concepts; we think, see and behave from the self-concepts.

Let us lay aside our self-concepts for one week and not think or do or see anything from our self-concepts and see what happens.

We have been told by religionists that if we do not think or behave from the self-concept and remain open minded that a different self, a self variously called the higher self, the Holy Spirit, the Christ self, the whole self would think and guide us.

One can fit ones thinking and behaving to what one has read about how the Holy Spirit thinks and acts and tell one's self that one is now thinking and behaving from the Holy Spirit or Christ but let us not do that and simply desist from behaving from the ego self-concept and see what would happen for one week.


Every person thinks and behaves from his self-concept; he constructed his self-concept during his childhood.

The child builds on his inherited biological constitution and social experience in constructing his self-concept.  The health of the child's body and how his significant others related to him affected the construction of his self-concept.

Once constructed, his self-concept is used to replace his real self (which for now we do not know what it is).

The self-concept seems to make sense to the child. For example, in childhood I constructed a self-concept that said that I am not good enough and that I need to seem ideal to be accepted by other people, especially by my significant others (parents, siblings, peers, teachers etc.).

In the present, in relating to other people I do so from the perspective of my self-concept; I ask: will they see me as good or bad; I behave from what I believe that they would see as good.

I always behave from the perspective of the perfect self-concept.  I do not behave from a self apart from this ideal self-concept.

Now, I must stop doing so and simply not think or behave from my self-concept and see what would happen.

You, too, should do the same thing. Figure out your self-concept and see how you think and behave; now resolve not to think and behave from your self-concept.

Instead of thinking or behaving from your habitual self-concept do not do anything and see what happens. We shall perform this experiment for just one week.

Obviously, the force of old habits will pull us to thinking and behaving from our past self-concepts. When that happens simply acknowledge it and do not blame yourself or feel guilty for failing to live up to the demands of the experiment; just resolve to try again.

Keep trying until it becomes habitual for you to say nothing and do nothing from your past habitual self-concept.

For example, if a person, animal or tree (or anything) is in front of you do not think or say anything about him, her or it.

Of course, you will see his body or it (which is done with your self-concept, for if you had no self-concept you would not see him).

You have seen him or it but do not think or say or do anything about him or it. Let him or it be; do not have good or bad feelings about him or it. See his behaviors but do not judge them as good or bad and just let them be.

What we are trying to accomplish is to let go of our past ways of thinking, seeing and behaving towards people and the world and simply keep quiet and see if we can have a different way of seeing people, animals, trees, physical phenomenon and everything.

It is not going to be easy but we can do it for at least a week.


What you see other people say and do they do from their ego separated self-concepts, which are their dream selves, not their real selves.

Your ego separated self is the one that saw them do what they do; that is, your false self-saw their false selves do what they did.

If your ego self-responds to them, as they expect you to do, you would have reinforced your ego self and their ego self.

Now see them and ignore them. If you do not think or do anything that responds to their egos you would have resisted responding from your ego.

In not responding from your ego you have denied that you are an ego. You become a passive figure in their dream and in your dream; you are no longer acting as the ego.

If you persist in not responding from your ego, and to other people's egos, to the ways of the world, you would experience your real self.

First, you will see you as a light self and eventually experience your formless self.

Do not respond to other egos behaviors if you want to remember your real self. Your ego made them behave as egos to irritate you so that you respond to them as an ego (respond to them as a false self, you are not the ego; they are not egos, so ignore ego behaviors and remember your real self).

Ignore what you made other egos do to remember your real self, the son of God. Do so and live in peace.

Do not respond to anything you see people do or to the world altogether and remain calm and undisturbed by the antics of the egos world; do so and you deny the reality of the world and transcend the world and remember a different world, the world of light forms and ultimately experience the world of formless light. But as long as what you see in the ego separated world upsets you and you respond to them you are in ego and reinforce the egos world; to get out of your ego and the egos world you have to ignore what your ego sees as out there.

Ozodi Osuji

October 25, 2016

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176