Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:05

As long as we live in egos and bodies we shall experience fear and ego defenses

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Eze Paschal:

 

AS LONG AS PEOPLE LIVE IN EGOS AND BODIES THEY WILL BE PRONE TO FEAR AND DEFENSIVENESS

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

 

     Our conversation, yesterday, on the fact that the biblical Jesus was an ego and, as such, was prone to fear and anger got me thinking. In the bible whenever he heard that his enemies, Jews of various stripes, such as Pharisees and Sadducees, were looking for him, were trying to arrest him or attack him he disappeared; he went into hiding. When the coast is clear he reappeared and continued with his preaching.  

      This behavior meant that he was prone to fear; if a person is prone to fear he is in ego state, for ego is the separated self that identifies with body and knows that body can be harmed and destroyed; fear is a mechanism alerting him to danger and urging him to take protective measures to survive in body.

       Jesus showed anger in the temple when he flogged the merchants doing trading in the temple, his father’s house. Flogging people is an act of anger; anger is always an act of the ego.

     The angry person feels frustrated and vents his anger at those he perceives to have disappointed him.  Only the ego, the false self has mundane goals that can be frustrated, not attained hence feels angry at those it perceives as obstacles to his goal attainment. 

      There is no doubt that the biblical Jesus was prone to fear and anger. However, when he decided to die to the ego he overcame his fear and anger and boldly walked to the Jews and Romans to crucify him.  When he felt that his job as an ego was done and it was time for him to return to his Christ state, light form, he accepted death and was no longer afraid of death.

 

THE SO-CALLED POWERFUL OF THIS WORLD LIVE IN EGO, FEAR AND DEFENSE

 

      Yesterday, September 19, 2017, I watched the proceedings of the United Nations at New York; the various heeds of states came to give their annual same old, same old tired speeches on how to make the old world a better place.

      What fascinated me is the level of security provided to these heads of states. When the American head of state, President Trump came there was practically a battalion of security folks with guns protecting him.

      A man who needs protection is in fear. A man in fear is in ego. Thus, the President of the United States is an ego and lives in fear. Despite all his nuclear weapons and other means for destroying the world he is really another fearful human being.  If a terrorist were to make a move on his life his security folks would whisk him off.

      If there is nuclear bomb threat to Washington DC they will take the President to an underground shelter in a mountain in West Virginia where he is supposed to ride out any nuclear attack on the United States. He would probably be underground for several months until the nuclear fallout dissipates.

      Politicians live in ego and fear and are protected by police and military.  Indeed, all of society is a mechanism for protecting people.

        People form societies because they live in egos and are afraid and use society (other people) and governments (police, military, and courts, prisons) to protect them. That is to say that society is based on ego and fear. Thomas Hobbes made this point in his seminal book, Leviathan.

        If people did not have egos and did not live in fear they would not have any need to live in society or have governments and military armed to the teeth to protect them.

 

      Human beings operate in teams. They go about in teams of two, three and four and so on. They do so to protect themselves.  One person can be easily overcome but in a team they can fight back and protect themselves.

      As long as people live in bodies and in separated egos they will be aware that other people and things can harm and or destroy their bodies and egos so they must live in fear.

       It is simply unrealistic to expect those living in bodies and egos not to live in fear.

 

FEAR IS OVERCOME IN THE WORLD OF LIGHT FORMS

 

      Only those who live in light forms that cannot be hurt and destroyed can afford to not live in fear. The Christ self is in light form and therefore is eternal and cannot be hurt or destroyed and does not live in fear (those in light forms transit to the formless world of light, heaven but do not die).

      Neurotic writers like Professor Helen Schucman (she was neurotic because she lived with excessive fear and anxiety and sought ego ideal) who wrote A course in miracles projected unto Jesus, the human being,  the attributes of Christ.

       Christ is fearless for he is in light body but Jesus was in body and could be hurt or killed hence lived in fear. But when he decided to return to light form he accepted death of his body and became fearless.

      The point is that Dr. Helen Schucman mixed levels of being; she mixed our level of being where folks are in ego and material body hence live in fear and the world of light forms where people are in purified light bodies and do not live in fear. 

      The problem with her book and other channeled books is that they write poems and not facts. As Karen Horney pointed out (Neurosis and Human Growth) neurotics reject their real selves, their bodies and egos and seek idealized selves (better bodies and better egos).

       Neurotic Helen projected her idealized self to what she called Jesus. As pointed out above, Jesus the man was not ideal at all; he was prone to fear and anger and indeed he was arrogant and partial; he did not see Jews and non-Jews as equal (see his absolutely disgraceful treatment of the Syrophonician woman).

       It was Paul who took the gospel to non-Jews, not Jesus; Jesus said that he came for Jews, not for all human beings.

     However, these neurotic writers on God, such as Helen, are on the right path. My job is to translate their poetry to prose. That is what I have actually done; I have reinterpreted A course in miracles poetry into the language of reason and science.

       I know for sure that all of us in bodies of matter have bodies of light (aka Christ selves) and ultimately have formless selves that are particles of light in the wave of light folks call God.

       God is a wave of light; each of us is a particle of light in that wave of light; that wave of light begins and ends nowhere.

       As quantum mechanics has shown us, particle and wave are one; they are not separated but can act as the one we (observers) want it to act for us. Light can behave as particle or as wave depending on what we want to do with it.

 

SPIRITUAL LIGHT IS CONSCIOUSNESS

 

   Spiritual light is consciousness. Light/consciousness is our real self; that real self is eternal, permanent and changeless.

       That eternal self sleeps and manifests as us in body of matter and in body of matter must feel fear for body can be destroyed; it simultaneously manifests in body of light and in it is fearless for light is eternal. Finally, the eternal self is formless light/consciousness; here we know ourselves as one with all selves.

 

YOU PRACTICE FORGIVENESS WHEN YOU WANT TO GO FROM THE WORLD OF DENSE FORMS TO THE WORLD OF LIGHT FORMS

 

      As is well known, Jesus taught his followers to forgive one another; how many times should they forgive? He said infinite times. We know as a matter of fact that in our world practically all people do not forgive those who wronged them. The question is how come so-called Christians do not do what their master and savior asked them to do, forgive all those who wronged them.

      The answer is because if you forgive a murderer he can still murder you.  Forgiveness does not prevent evil persons from engaging in evil.  If you forgive a thief or rapist all you did was give him permission to keep on stealing and or raping other people.

       Obviously, the world cannot allow that to happen. In our world we do not forgive. If you kill you ought to be killed; if you rape you ought to be imprisoned; if you steal you ought to be imprisoned.  That is, we must punish anti-social people. We have to do so to protect prosocial people.

       We thus behave contrary to what Jesus asked his followers to do.   What I want to clarify is what Jesus meant by forgiveness. If you want to forgive people you are perfectly free to do so. But if you do so it means that you have given the person you forgave the right to do what he did to you. If a person wants to murder you and you forgive him he will still murder you but upon your seeming physical death you will stop returning to our world of dense matter and thereafter live in the world of light forms. This is what Jesus did: he forgave those who crucified him in our world of dense matter and now lives in the world of light forms; he is not going to return to our world anymore. 

      The point is that to forgive is to exit from our world. If and when you want to leave our world then forgive those who harmed you but until then kill those who want to kill you.

     If you kill antisocial criminals you would feel safe here on earth but you will remain on earth until you are world weary and want to leave the earth and at that point you forgive criminals, for you accept that the world is a dream and that what is done in it has not been done, no one can actually harm your real self, although they can do so to your ego and body in the dream of separation.

     The point is that to forgive is to leave our world and go and stay in the world of light forms; if you want to stay in our world forgiveness is a nonsensical philosophy and cannot be practiced.

     What can be done in our world is for you to love you and love all people but punish those who harm you. 

      Bearing grievances and punishing those who wronged us is what keeps our world going. Forgiveness negates our world.

     I found it necessary to make this clarification because some naïve writers on God give folks the impression that we ought to forgive all people; no, if you forgive Muslim jihadists, given that they are bent on world domination and converting all people to their religion they will either kill you or convert you to Islam; therefore, if you do not want to be converted to Islam you should not forgive Muslim terrorists; you should cut off their heads.

     A course in miracles gave folks the impression that Jesus is asking them to forgive all wrong doers. What it did not tell the readers is the consequences of blanket forgiveness for all evil. Yes, one must forgive evil but one must know that forgiveness does not change evil persons; one forgives them to awaken from the dream of separation but those who still want to dream, and they have a right to do so, cannot forgive evil persons, unless they desire chaos and anarchy in their world and want to live in insecurity.

      A society that gives people some security requires punishment for evil not forgiveness for evil.

      Finally, there is no doubt that Jesus walked his talk; he forgave those who crucified him:  “father, forgive them for they know what they are doing”. Yet, he appeared to contradict his self. In his preachment about what would happen to those who did not believe in God, the destruction of Jerusalem, which came to be when Romans in 70A destroyed Jerusalem, he justified punishment for sinners. If he believed in forgiveness why have sinners destroyed?

 

DISCUSSION

 

     My dear thinker, Paschal, I know that you understand what I said here. However, the average human being, black or white, may not understand what I said here.

      Most Africans, Nigerians and Igbos are too spiritually dense and therefore cannot understand abstract metaphysics. Thus, I do not expect them to understand what I wrote here; as far as they are concerned I wasted my time. I leave them to be where they are at in space and time.

      In every millennium, perhaps, a couple human beings understand the nature of God.  Those who do so, called teachers of God, have the obligation to try to help those who do not to understand that at root all human beings are of God hence they should love each other.

 

CONCLUSION

 

      Brother Joshua Ben Joseph likes to speak in wooly language; his talk lacks clarity. My function is to re-present his convoluted talks in simple prose.

      I often feel like slapping his mouth for the way he talks makes things difficult for folks to understand. He would laugh and tell me that suppose he has clarity what would be left for me to do? He left the job of clarifying his confusing parables in language that everybody can understand to his junior brother.

      I get it and forgive him.

 

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

September 20, 2017

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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