Beyond ego, is a phrase that alludes to something beyond our ordinary life—something extraordinary, awakening, remarkable, indeed even spiritual. Let’s not rush, however. Let’s first ask what ego is?
‘In philosophy, egoism is the theory that one’s self is, or should be, the motivation and the goal of one’s own action. Egoism has two variants, descriptive or normative. The descriptive (or positive) variant conceives egoism as a factual description of human affairs. That is, people are motivated by their own interests and desires, and they cannot be described otherwise. The normative variant proposes that people should be so motivated, regardless of what presently motivates their behavior. Altruism is the opposite of egoism. The term “egoism” derives from “ego,” the Latin term for “I” in English. Egoism should be distinguished from egotism, which means a psychological overvaluation of one’s own importance, or of one’s own activities.’ —Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
Although the words egoism and egotism are often considered as interchangeable, clearly they are not. Then what is the meaning of the word ego? The answer lies in grasping that egotism is the more commonly used term, although incorrectly. Consequently, the word ego falsely refers to ‘the fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself.’ The Oxford English Dictionary asserts that around 90 percent of the citations for egoism nominate the meaning of ‘excessive conceit;’ i.e., egotism.
It remains that egoism is the word used in ‘ethics’ to mean ‘theory that treats self-interest as the foundation of moral behaviour.’
Let’s begin over
Only now can we answer what world lies beyond ego.
For egotists, the world of egoism awaits. That is the first step. It means abandoning overvaluation of self-importance, or conceited appraisal of one’s activities. It means to embrace ‘ethical’ behaviour respectful of self-interest, much as I described in my post ‘Service to self, or to others.’
Those for whom egoism means that one’s self is or should be, the motivation and the goal of one’s action, will have a very different vested interest in looking beyond. Those who have cast their eyes in that direction will likely sense that an extraordinary, awakened life is possible. They will have grasped the rudiments of a moral life beyond conventional thought, and possibly have glimpsed how challenging it is to live an enlightened life truly. These folk plead answers, but little satisfies today.
Evolving Beyond Ego
A few days back I read an invitation to a unique, free online event offered by ‘the inspiring and respected spiritual teacher’-Craig Hamilton. Entitled “The Key to Evolving Beyond Ego – How to Make the Change that Changes Everything” may I suggest that you follow that link and read the invitation. Why; because the words used seem to indicate what lies beyond ego. How would I know this? Directly because words coincide with much in my book, Law From Within. We seem to be on the same page.
Here is the vital point. Law that arises from within each of us is not the law as we understand it. It does not consist of thou shall do, and thou shall not do. Instead, it is Creators invitation to live truly. To that degree, it is a spiritual invitation, not material. In other words, the foundation of natural law is encrypted in our body, mind, and emotional faculties, and more especially the spiritual manner in which we use them. Understanding how these faculties function and what activates them is the key to understanding our spiritual nature, how it awakens consciousness and makes it possible to live an enlightened life.
Is engagement of this kind beyond egoism? Most certainly it is beyond egotism. However, if egoism means that one’s self is, or should be, the motivation and the goal of one’s own actions, then a spiritually awakened life is only egoism’s further development. The spiritual component of egoism indeed lies beyond egoism bound to mortality and physicality.
Spiritual versus physical
Why has this not been taught in the past? It is because we have not fully understood a fundamental truth.
- Animals adapt or adjust themselves to their environment.
- Man adapts the environment to himself.
For so long as we believe that we live a physical life, material items and possessions are our prime focus and value structure, including money as representative. What if that was not our mission? Some say that we are spiritual beings living a material life. What if that were false? What if we are spiritual beings living a spiritual life in fact, albeit in a material environment? If that were true, then our mission would be to adapt the material environment to our spiritual needs, and not first to our material needs. Our prime focus and value structure would be radically different, thus beyond ego is indeed possible.
Life Beyond Egoism
Man’s six higher faculties include imagination, intuition, perception, memory, will, and reason. Little if anything in the literature, or indeed a Google search, describes any spiritual connection between these faculties. Indeed little describes any mental connection. Egotistic conceited behaviour is least surprising given that lack amongst the humanities and human sciences.
Egoism represents the emancipation from that condition. Spirituality is egoism’s advancement beyond the material 3D world. Understanding the interrelationship that exists between our higher faculties is key to understanding our spiritual nature, and a truly awakened life as Creator intended. Natural law evolves from that spiritual understanding, which explains why much said about natural law today is lacking. It applies to each spiritually, as does egoism, which after that forms the basis of morality, and eventually justice.
I trust this explanation offers a better understanding of the content in Law From Within and what lies beyond ego.
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