Monday, 26 June 2017 09:47

You cannot obtain worth in ego and body but in God

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If you observe people closely what you see are people who believe, at the deep level, that they have no existential significance; they feel totally worthless and valueless. But instead of accepting this fact they deny it and compensate for it. Thus, everywhere on earth, people seek significance and worth. Just about everything they do is to prove to them that they have worth and value. Whether it is seeking social position, social attention and admiration, political power, economic power, beautify, everything they do is motivated by desire to seem that they have worth in their eyes and in other people's eyes. They are like slaves condemned to seeking worth at all costs.

You ask: why do they do it, especially in light of the psychological pain they feel from not getting worth? They seek acceptance from other people, in effect, they ask other people to tell them that they have worth and when they are approved they feel fine but if not they feel bad. If rejected by other people they feel like they are nothing.

Yet, all they have to do is accept that they are nothing and other peoples rejection would not even be noted by them. Nothingness does not see when it is treated as nothing by other nothing people, it is a wash.  So why are people condemned to seeking worth?

My hypothesis, agreed to by A course in miracles and Gnosticism in general (see Plotinus Enneads), is that they came from a place of total worth. In unified spirit, aka God they have total worth. Then they decided to separate from unified spirit and go manifest as separated selves.

To make their separation seem real they house themselves in bodies and live in space, time and matter.

Alas, bodies would die and smell like shit so bodies have no worth. The awareness that their bodies are literally shit compounds their sense of worthlessness so they seek worth in body but will not get it for body is nothing.

Nevertheless, since they came from total grandeur in God they cannot accept worthlessness and must seek it. They seek it in body and ego. But to get it they must let go of attachment to ego and body and return to the awareness that they are formless, bodiless spirit. But they do not want to let go of ego and body and return to spirit so they compulsively seek attention in body and are not going to get it.

If you know all these to be true what should you do? You understand the futile dance for worth people are dancing and have sympathy for them.

As Buddha said, you have compassion for people for they give themselves psychological pain by seeking worth based on ego and body, worth that they cannot get. That seeking, desire is the nature of this world and they must do it.

Since they are slaves of seeking significance based on ego you have pity for them knowing that you cannot prevent them from doing what they are doing for it is the nature of existence of life on earth.

Each of them must at some point realize that despite their herculean efforts to seem to have ego based worth that they cannot attain worth in body and ego and decide to stop doing so and stop seeking ego based worth.

When one stops seeking ego and body based worth and one stays silent one actually escapes from this world and return to spirit and in that awareness knows that one has eternal and immortal life and in that life has total worth.

Until the individual is ready to relinquish his desire for ego and body based worth there is nothing that you can do for him. You cannot make him do so.

All you can do is writing about it, as I am doing here; you let each person to reach a point where he lets go of his attachment to the ego and return to egoless Christ self and in that no self state know peace and joy.

Buddha summarized it thus: We live in ego and body to suffer. We suffer because we have desire to live in ego separated self in body. There is only one solution to suffering. It is in stopping desiring separation of life in ego and body. Those are his four noble truths.

His eight noble paths to living well is love you, love other people, speak the truth, do not harm anyone etc

Buddha is of course right. I have understood him and experienced what he called nirvana, an experience of indescribable peace. It is only experienced when the ego separated self is let go and one stays silent. In silence one experiences ones real self, the unified spirit self.

In this piece I am talking about people's song and dance for social and existential worth in ego and body. I have explicated why they do so and said that they must stop doing so and return to the awareness that worth cannot be found in ego and body and social position but in unified spirit self.

This is a dogmatic assertion. Disprove it if you can. You cannot disprove it for it is the truth. Try doing what I asked you to do and see if there is no alternative to your self-enslavement to pursuit of ego based worth.

Cheers,

Ozodi Osuji

June 26, 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