In response to a Facebook post on “ego death:”
The ego doesn’t actually “die”, because it is not really alive in the first place. What “dies” or falls away is our false identifications with the stories, psychological structures, and subtle-energetic patterns that each of us calls “myself.”
What replaces the “ego” is a real identity that is rooted in Spirit and, at the edges, is boundless and self-subsisting, needing nothing in 3-D reality to support it.
Do not force “ego death.” Forcing it is unnecessary, and the part that wants to force (or “improve” or “get better” or look “spiritual”) is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Actually, there is no “problem.” The “problem” is that you’re human and being human is just plain difficult, because each of us carries the memory of the absolute freedom of the soul, and everything we do, including the most dysfunctional and goofy, is at root the soul trying to get back to that knowledge of absolute freedom and love that is its true nature.
As a lived life is messy, so the spiritual path is messy. It’s not a straight line of beautiful harmonious unfoldment… it’s a mud-wrestle with our inner demons and a shedding-and-grieving of everything in our life that doesn’t support naked, undefended authenticity.
You might — or might NOT — become a higher-functioning person. You might — or might NOT — become more materially prosperous.
You might — or might NOT — find your soul-mate.
The spiritual path is not about any of these things, and the lure of them is not a signpost to your further progress but a billboard for spiritual tourist-traps that will waste precious time and resources if you follow it.
But what you WILL find, if your intention is to uncover/unfold the truth of your real being, is a self-knowledge that is a direct link to God and can never be taken from you, because it is not contingent on anything except itself. Its very nature is Love.
The ego makes a fetish of our uniqeness — be it the specialness of our personal talent or the specialness of our personal suffering.
The soul sees only unity.
Seen on Facebook:
“I am asking my Soul, and All That Is, for clarity, wisdom and guidance.”
Your soul — or more properly, the soul-substance that truly IS you — has and *is* all clarity, wisdom, and guidance. It can’t “give” you what you already *are*.
The “you” that is “asking for” these things is what’s in the way of claiming yourself. It’s doing that by trying to use what-you’re-asking-for to push away the “you” that doesn’t-have-those-things … thereby holding-on to the pain.
So take the time you need to get really quiet inside and let yourself sink past the noisy emotions into the interior silence where the soul-that-is-you abides in clarity, wisdom, and guidance.
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, head of the Sufi Order International, will be offering an eight-week class series entitled Unfolding the Message based on a compilation of discourses from Hazrat Pir-o-murshid Inayat Khan arranged by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.
Body — Thursday, October 1st, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EDT)
Breath — Thursday, October 8th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EDT)
Mind — Thursday, October 15th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EDT)
Insight — Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EDT) *
Heart — Thursday, October 29th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EDT)
Love — Thursday, November 5th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EST)
Soul — Thursday, November 12th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EST)
Light — Thursday, November 19th, 2015 (7:00–8:15 PM EST)
These classes will be streamed live to the Internet and archived for later viewing for those who cannot watch the live stream.