The Moment (Outer Ego Aspect)

Windows Into Their World

Windows Into Their World

SISTERS, OR

September 22, 2016 1:10 PM

The Outer Ego Aspect is about our dynamic personas. It is not about defining ourselves, or presenting an image designed to manipulate the opinion of others. The Outer Ego Aspect is about communication—about speaking the other person’s language. It is about speaking from our heart, to theirs. Ultimately, it is about love.

From the book in progress… … Read more…

A Step-by-Step Guide to the “Making It Personal” Oneness Meditation

Save this photo to your phone.

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

April 24, 2016 10:41 AM

For easy reference when doing this meditation, bookmark this page, print it, or save the photo above to your phone.

Please see this series of posts for the background material. … Read more…

The Healthy Spiritual Ego

My Camp's Private Waterfall

My Camp’s Private Waterfall

SOUTH OF SEDONA, AZ

April 1, 2016 3:50 PM

Imagine that you are an American who is fluent in French.

When you’re in America, you speak English, and when you’re in France, you speak French. When you’re in France, you don’t try to force your English on the locals. Why? Because you want to be understood.Read more…

How To Make Yourself Happier Anytime You Want

NEAR CAMP VERDE, AZ

March 16, 2016 10:37 AM

Whenever you want to be happier, all you have to remember are these two words:

Less [YourName].

When you say them to yourself, say them like a director saying them to an actor on a movie set, “Less Wayne.” … Read more…

A Most Difficult Practice

Selfies aren't easy for Introverts

Selfies aren’t easy for Introverts

NEAR EHRENBERG, AZ

February 3, 2016 6:43 PM

Why aren’t you always uninhibited?

Be uninhibited. Always.

That’s the practice.

And it’s a most difficult one.

The Messiah

The Darkness and the Light

The Darkness and the Light

YUCCA VALLEY, CA

November 13, 2015 11:26 AM

His name was Home Free and He told me He was the Messiah and He thought I was a fool because I said that I saw everyone as Divine.

He said God speaks through Him and I exclaimed, “Me too!” with a huge smile, hoping He’d see me as a spiritual brother and He shouted, “No! You have so much to learn!” … Read more…

Clarifying “I, the Ego”

Yesterday's Communion Spot

Yesterday’s Communion Spot

MT. HOOD, OR

September 28, 2015 11:07 AM

Jerry left a great comment on the various definitions of “ego” this morning and I replied with my own definition. Since my reply is in the comments and could be easily overlooked, I’ve added it below. This is really a key component to any “school” of spirituality, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to highlight my definition of ego (and if you follow any teacher, it’s probably a good idea to get them to pin down what they mean by “ego”).  … Read more…

I, the Ego: I Believe (My Mind)

Fence in a Field on an Overcast Day

Fence in a Field on an Overcast Day

SE of UKIAH, OR

September 24, 2015 12:39 PM

It seems to me one of the key features—one of the key problems—of the I, the Ego level, is that I, as an Ego, believe what my mind tells me. … Read more…

What Is Left When There Is No You?

Snapseed Practice

Snapseed Practice

ONTARIO, OR

September 18, 2015 8:51 AM

As I sat in a little local coffeehouse contemplating a route through eastern Oregon, I downloaded and played with Snapseed, an iPhone/iPad app for editing photos (see my first attempt above). One of my fantasies is to wander around the country like Jack Reacher with nothing but the clothes on my back and an iPhone or iPad in my pocket, but I couldn’t figure out how to make good qualities photos… until now. Hmm… I can see the possibilities. … Read more…

Humble. Compassionate. Kind. Loving.

A Tiny Tree In A Large Forest

A Tiny Tree In A Large Forest

FLAGSTAFF, AZ—To wake up, you must transcend the ego. One in a million can do this by accident, but for the rest of us, we must weaken the ego first.

As I inferred over on this NonAbusers blog post today, weakening the ego makes us humbler, kinder and more understanding.

Wonderful traits.

But we’ll never gain them by thinking about them.

The ego is humbled by failure. The ego is weakened by mistakes.

Live in Mystical Oneness. Put yourself to the test. Fail at it time and time again.

Make your mistakes, be called out as a hypocrite, screw up and be embarrassed (feel the ego resisting?).

Every time you fail (“experience runs deep“), you will grow more humblecompassionatekind, and loving in the process.

Humble. Compassionate. Kind. Loving.

These are not the traits of the ego. These are the traits of the Divine in us all.

Humble. Compassionate. Kind. Loving.

To feel these—to live these—aren’t they worth a little embarrassment?

The smart have their books—the wise have their scars.