Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:10

Life on earth is a collecgtive drama in which each of us plays a role

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All my life I have been playing a role. The role requires me to act as if I am a big self, a very important self, a powerful self. I try to think from that grandiose self, and behave from its parameters. I do not think and act spontaneously but always with calculation of being like my self-assigned role, the big self. In playing that role I am stiff, inflexible and rigid. I am not authentic unless by authentic you mean being an approximation of a false self.

Now, suppose that I stopped acting the role of a big, important self and do not think or behave from its imaginary perspective. If I did not live from the ego, I would at first have no self that I am living up to and be confused, for I no longer know what to say or do. But if I persist in not being the false, big self I would experience my real self, a forgotten self.

THE BIG SELF MAKES ONE NOT BELONG TO ANY COMMUNITY

I have not been part of a community because my role, my ego (ego is the role we play in the world's drama) required me to act as if I am too big to belong to any community (ego is a means of separating from the community, in heaven and on earth).

I go to groups, say, A course in miracles groups and am an outsider in them. Other people feel like they are a community and do things together; they call each other and share their lives but I am an outsider, never connected to other members.

This has nothing to do with race. I say this because it is said that white folks do not want community with black folks.  Even if Jesus is around I would not belong to his community for I am too independent to belong to other people's community. This inability to belong to any group has something to do with my ego type.

My ego wants to be too big and, as such, must not connect to other egos to be part of their lives; it must be an outsider ego and from that status observe people and comment on what they are doing, judging and criticizing them, evaluating them relative to my self-posited ideal standards of how they ought to behave.

WE ARE PLAYING ROLES IN THE COLLECTIVE DRAMA CALLED OUR WORLD

The world of egos is a world of roles; we all wrote a play and assigned ourselves a part in the drama and play our self-assigned role to the T.

The role one assigns one's self in the world's drama is the role assigned to one by all of us; this is because at the spiritual level, where our real self is, all of us are unified as one self and act in tandem.

Before we come to planet earth, enter the dream, each of us, which means all of us, assigns a part in the universal drama, dream to himself.

The role is enacted by ones ego. Ones ego type makes one play the part he is suited to play in the play. My big ego enables me to play the role of a leader in the play (I tell people what to do; other people do not tell me what to do).

The ego is not our real self; as long as we are playing ego roles in the universal ego drama called life in body we forget our real self.

OUR REAL SELF IS REMEMEBERED WHEN WE FORGET OUR EGO SELVES

It is only when we forget playing the ego role and stay quiet that we remember our real self. But as long as we forget our real self and play ego roles the Holy Spirit remembers him for us; the Holy Spirit knows who our real self is (he is the son of God).

In the temporal universe, the dream, the drama if we turn to the Holy Spirit he can enable us to approximate our real self, the Christ, the loving and forgiving self. But while we live in body we cannot entirely think and behave as the son of God, for the son of God is spirit and is formless; he does not live in body and ego separated self; he is in perpetual union with God and all people.

No one on earth knows his real self, for it is incompatible with life in body but in meditation when one lets go of ones ego one can glean it.

THE CHRIST IS NOT ONES REAL SELF BUT AN APPROXIMATION OF HIM WHILE ONE IS IN FORM

Christ is the son of God seen with the eyes of the Holy Spirit, from love and forgiveness but is not him as he is in heaven.

In heaven the son of God is formless and is unified with God and all his brothers. The real self, the son of God cannot be known with our ego minds.

However, while we are in ego and body we can approximate our real self, now called the Christ, if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thinking and behaviors; that is, if we do everything with love and forgiveness.

When you think and behave from the Christ you (Holy Spirit), that is, the loving part of you, you tend to be in peace and joy. If you continue on that path you will literally see you in light form.

We have another physical self-beside our self in dense bodies; it is our self in light bodies. That self is made of pure light (photons). It is our present physical self-purified with love.

If you are a loving person you will occasionally see people and yourself in that light forms. It is the self-folks see in near death experience.

That light self is not ones real self, for it is still in form and lives in the world of space and time and matter (light is of matter); it is a self that is at the metaphorical gate of heaven.

Our real self is formless and is in heaven. Heaven is formless; in heaven all selves are formless spirit; they are in God and in each other.

Please do not try to know your real self with your present ego mind, for you cannot understand it with your separated ego mind.

Do this: love all people and see if you would not (1) occasionally see you and people in light forms and (2) occasionally experience your formless  real self (in Samadhi, mystical union of God and his son).

THE EGO PERSONALITY IS SHAPED BY BODY AND SOCIETY AND THOSE ARE NOT WITHIN ONES CONTROL SO PERSONALITY CANNOT BE CHANGED VIA EGO PSYCHOTHERAPY BUT BY SPIRITUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

The ego personality is a product of body and society so it is not easily changed. Biology and social experiences influence the ego personality.

Spirit (son of God) is always outsize body and manifests in a type of body and in a certain social milieu and those shape its behaviors in the temporal universe.

Because biology and society influence the individual's behavior it is difficult for him to change it.  Personality can be understood by scientific psychology but whether psychotherapy can change it is another matter. A century of psychotherapy, from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler to the present has no record of changing people.

The only way to change a person is for him to understand his ego personality and then let it go, decide not to think or behave from it and stay quiet and let his higher self, the Christ in him, the Holy Spirit think and behave from him.

CONCLUSION

The body you are born in and the society you experienced in childhood influenced the personality that you formed.   Your ego personality is wrapped up in your body and social experience.

As long as you live in your inherited body and live in human society you will have an ego separated personality.

You will have the type of personality that you have because of your body and social experience. For example, given my problematic body and conditionally accepting society I constructed an ego type that wants to dominate the world.  I am an alpha male. You dare not tell me what to do; I want to tell you what to do.  As long as I live in my body I will always have my current dominant personality.

I can study and understand my personality. I can see its problems, and use scientific psychotherapy to remove its rough edges (as I did...I worked as a therapist for over two decades).

Secular psychotherapy is not enough. If I want to reach my real self, the son of God, I have to entirely let go of my ego personality. I have to go into meditation and remind myself that I am not the self in body.

If I add love and forgiveness to meditation I will occasionally see me and people in light forms, the selves the Holy Spirit remade from our current dense bodies.

If I persist in being a loving and forgiving person, occasionally I will see the physical world disappear and I experience heaven.

Heaven is not a place; it is a state of mind; it is a mind that knows itself to be one with all people; it is formless, it is ineffable, it cannot be expressed in words.

What I said about me applies to you. If you want to experience the light you and then the real you then do what I said in this essay: love and forgive all.

If you love and forgive all, occasionally you would see people and you in light forms (Christ self) and, ultimately, you would experience your real self, the formless son of God who is one with God (Atman and Brahman are one self with one mind).

Do not argue as to whether spirit is real or not (the ego argues). Love and forgive you and all people and know that God is not only real but the only reality there is; and the rest is dreams; our collective drama we call life on earth is a dream; it is not real.

In the meantime, each of us plays a part, a role in the drama called life on earth; the ego and body is the mask that we wear in playing our roles in the dream drama.

Let go of your identification with your body and ego; let go of the mask of God that you wear and experience who is behind the mask, the son of God who is one with God.

*You may want to read Joseph Campbell's books, such as (1) The Masks of God (2) The Hero with a thousand names (3) The Power of Myth. You are the hero, the son of God that put on a mask, a mask made of body to enable you play the ego  role you are playing in the world of space and time. If you jettison the mask, stop identifying with your body and ego, you experience your real self, the changeless, permanent and eternal formless son of God.

Ozodi Osuji

February 24, 2016

www.livingfromtherealself.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