As a human being, the power that runs my life is given me by whatever created me, to use as I wish, that’s why I call it my-self’. I don’t recognize my-self as a power, I think, that’s just the way it is, and my-self comes in conflict with your-self because we each have different perspectives or viewpoints. There is a larger Self from which we each come from but, because of our perspectives, we even argue over that. Our disagreements about the larger Self have no effect on it. In truth the power of self is only my experience of the larger Self operating through me. To the extent that I think of my-self as separate from the larger Self do I become unconscious of who, I am. I then create a false self (often referred to as ego) and lose my connection to the source of all power. This false self has no power of its own because it isn’t real, I can believe it does, but that doesn’t make it true.
It’s like darkness. When the light comes into darkness the darkness disappears because it is only the absence of light, the darkness has no power of its own. Or take the principle of gravity, the amazing things that we accomplish, that appear to overcome gravity, airplanes, space flight, etc., aren’t really overcoming gravity as much as they are cooperating with it to produce the desired result. The more we know about this truth called gravity, the more we can work with it and it actually serves us.
We can’t create power, it is always there, but we can become aware of it, recognize how it operates, align ourselves with it so that it works for us. The more we learn about a principle or truth the more we can accomplish our goals and objectives. All our progress has come from searching and researching these truths.
What about spiritual principles? They would operate the same way, principles being true everywhere and all the time. If we become aware of these truths, recognize how they operate from our own experience, and align ourselves with them, we become more of who we were always meant to be, a unique expression of our true Self. The ego doesn’t like this because it thinks it is who I am. It thinks it a power, the only power, and it will use anything to stop me from questioning its power, fear being the number one weapon it uses. The ego isn’t a bad guy, it’s just trying to survive, but I’m not my ego.
If I temporarily forget to live by these principles I lose my awareness of them, I forget who I am, and I wander into the darkness. The ego’s domain. Does that mean the darkness is real? It feels like it is. But the truth is, it’s just the absence of the light. The minute I stop arguing, I begin to see and feel. Despite all the seeming evidence to the contrary, I know the light is there in me. Now I can, begin again, to live from these principles by aligning myself with them… and the light gets brighter! I have to stop going any further into the darkness, look for the light, and begin to move in that direction.
The more I dis-cover these truths, in my own experience, live them, and share them with others, the more I re-connect to my fellows and my creator.