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I have only one problem and one solution for it

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I HAVE ONLY ONE PROBLEM AND ONE SOLUTION FOR IT

The problem is my belief that I have a self, a big self, apart from God; the solution to that problem is for me to let go of that belief and accept that I am one with God and his creation.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

THE SELF AND THE SELF CONCEPT

The self-concept was conceptualized by a thinking agent in people. It is the concept, idea of the individual's self. Each person has an idea, a concept of who he thinks that he is.

The conceptualizing agent, the thinking agent in the individual clearly uses his experience in body and society to conceptualize a self for him. There is just no way that you can understand the individual without taking into consideration his specific body and social experience.

Thus, there are three parts in the self-concept: (1) the thinking or conceptualizing agent; (2) the individual's body and (3) the individual's experiences in a specific human society.

If the individual stops taking into consideration his body and society and still thinks what would his self-concept be like?

The self can be conceptualized with light; if so it becomes a self-concept in light form. Thus, we have two types of self-concepts: the self-concept in body and the self-concept in light form (the self-image; images are made of light...in dreams we see our images in light forms).

The self-concept in body can be grandiose or ordinary, rigid or flexible; the self-concept in light form can love for it sees no threat to its existence.

Apparently, people want to see themselves in forms and can do so in material forms or in light forms. The self-concept in body lives in our world of dense forms, in a place of weather (hot or cold and must be in shelters from the environment); the self-concept in light forms does not risk the danger of been eaten by animals so it does not need shelter and houses to exist.

WHO IS THE SELF, THE CONCEPTUALIZER IN US

Who is the agent that does the conceptualizing, the thinking in us? What is it in us that does the thinking and uses our bodies and social experiences to conceptualize self-concepts for-itself or uses light to conceptualize self-concepts for itself?

Some people say that the conceptualizer in us is a throw up of matter and is epiphenomenal; others say that it is part of a disembodied self.

Whatever it is what is obvious is that if it did not have a self-concept made of matter or a self-concept made of light it would not be in our universe of forms. If so where would it be?

The self and its conceptualizing mind would be at wherever is outside our world of forms. Does a universe outside our material universe exist? Religion says yes, science says: I do not know. Religion says that the real self, the conceptualizer of the self-concept and this world is spirit. Science has no proof for the existence of spirit. You cannot understand spirit with the categories of science?

(The idea that the self-concept is conceptualized with body and social experience was posited by George Kelly. See his writings, particularly, Personality as a self-construct. 1955. New York: W.W. Norton.)

MY SELF CONCEPT

If I look at all my life's issues with clear eyes it is apparent to me that all of those issues emanate from my big self-concept.  I have a big self-concept.

In childhood I used my problematic body and social experience to conceptualize a big self for me. Thereafter, I devoted my life to defending my desired big self-concept.

My big self-concept finds it difficult to relate to people. It avoids people to retain its big self. It does so because it fears that other people may see it as not a big self and see it as a small self. It does not want to be seen as a small self.

It feels anxiety from the prospect of been seen as a small self. To retain its desired bigness it avoids other people. In social isolation it retains its desired bigness.

That which must be defended with social avoidance to seem big obviously is not real. The Big self is fictional, not true.

The untrue, the unreal, the fictional must be defended to seem real for one. If the big self is not defended it disappears for it does not exist.

If the big self is the root of all my problems it follows that the solution is for me not to have a big self. The solution to my problem is to let go of my desired big self and have no big self.

If I let go of the big self I would have an ordinary self, the self-concept found in most so-called normal people.

Alternatively, I can choose to have no self-concept, big or small, at all. If I have no big self and no self-concept at all then what exists in me?

What exists in me is life, a life energy that manifests in all people and things. That life energy (which is light...light transmutes itself to everything in the universe, to matter, space and time, to our bodies and self-concepts) in each of us takes the impression of a separated self-concept and allied self-image.

Apart from the people and things it manifests in that life energy (aka spiritual light energy) is undifferentiated. There is an undifferentiated self with an undifferentiated mind in the universe.

The undifferentiated self is eternal, changeless and permanent. It expands itself to infinite seeming separated selves and things. Each of the seeming separated selves is part of that undifferentiated self but is tempted to seem like it is different from it and from other parts of that self.

The many selves of the undifferentiated self-invented the universe of separation, the universe of space, time and matter and used matter to construct bodies for themselves.

In their bodies they seem separated from each other and from the undifferentiated self. Each defends his seeming separated self-housed in body.

As long as the individual defends its separated self, its ego and body it suffers psychological pain and lacks peace and happiness.

If the individual stops defending its seeming separated self and body and just allows itself to be it relapses into awareness that it is part of the undifferentiated self.

In the undifferentiated self the individual feels peaceful and happy; in undifferentiated self the individual feels eternal.

The solution to my only problem is for me to let go of my attachment to the differentiated separated self-concept, for me to stop defending the ego and its body and allow myself to relapse to the awareness of the undifferentiated self.

If I do so I live in peace and my problem has been solved.

What I said here can be cast in religious language; it is the sum of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen, even the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

All religions recognize that our problem is that we believe that we have selves apart from our creator, God; some religions ask us to use our seeming separated selves to worship God (Hinduism calls this Bhakta Yoga); some ask us to extinguish them altogether (Raja Yoga).

The real solution to the self is to let go of the separated self, to jettison the idea that we have selves apart from God and from each other.

When we let go of our desire to be apart from God and God's other creations we know ourselves as part of God. In that awareness of oneness we experience eternity, permanency, and changelessness. In oneness we feel peaceful and happy.

Therefore, if I want to obtain these gifts of God I must let go of my desired big self, my ordinary self and have no self apart from the nameless undifferentiated self that religious folks call God.

You will know when you have let go of your ego separated self and its body; you would literally feel like you have no self at all; you would feel empty (Buddhism calls it having no ego self); you would feel as if you are light.

And your real self is spiritual light; spiritual light transforms a part of itself to matter and now seems to live in matter, space and time.

DISCUSSION

You can study the ego forever and ever. In fact, the ego wants you to study it forever for the more you study it the more real it is for you.

I have studied the ego for almost thirty years and could keep doing so for many more years.  The task now is not to keep studying the ego but to let go of it.

One must not think and behave from the ego. If you stop thinking and behaving from the ego, big or small ego you would experience surcease from fear.

Fear is a means for protecting the ego and body; so, if you do not want fear simply stop thinking and behaving from the ego. Additionally, if you do not live from the big ego you experience relative peace and happiness. If you let go of the ego entirely, which requires you to not identify with body, you live in perfect peace and joy. Alas, as long as you live on earth, in body, you must have some sort of ego and thus cannot have perfect peace on earth.

CONCLUSION

The separated self in body and its universe of space and time is metaphorically a dream; outside the dream we are always parts of one unified spiritual light.

When we let go of the belief that we have separated selves, big or small, in bodies we literally see our physical universe disappear, for the physical universe arose to make the belief in separated-self seem real to us.

With the disappearance of the material universe we see another universe, one that still looks like our universe but a universe where everything is in light forms (you will see you and people in light forms).

The universe of light forms is still not real, is still a dream, a dream of love for all being; it approximates the spiritual universe of God.

God's spiritual universe is formless; it is inhabited by one self and one mind with infinite selves and minds all of whom know themselves as sharing one self and one mind.

The formless unified spirit self is characterized by perfect peace and is eternal; the light formed universe (aka gate of heaven) is a place of some peace, but not perfect peace.

Our material universe has no real peace in it for it is a place of conflict and war; our phenomenal world is a place where separated selves and groups of separated selves fight each other for supremacy.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

August 25, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

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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: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176