Many people I have encountered in my various adventures often tense up and become very akward when I speak of the word God or the prophets of God such as Mohammed or Jesus. I understand their akwardness, I feel that it may have been caused through the misinformation regarding religion.With all the religious wars (bloodshed and violence), segregating, ego abundant hate, and their confusion with the word GOD – it’s no wonder that people feel that way. But this is not what the initial message was supposed to be. I feel for the most part that religion was created for primarily the promotion of peace, but also to unify the people and guide them to the light. Like the game “telephone” its a great example of how things become misinterpreted over time when being passed off the lips of different people.
I read a really good insert inside of Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth”. I think it is vital to understanding this world, awakening to, and shattering the egotistical religious boarders between humanity by understanding this exert properly. If you seek truth as I do, understanding this excerpt is important towards your understanding of this issue.
TRUTH: RELATIVE OR ABSOLUTE?
Beyond the realm of simple and verifiable facts, the certainty
that “I am right and you are wrong” is a dangerous
thing in personal relationships as well as in interactions between
nations, tribes, religions, and so on.
But if the belief “I am right; you are wrong” is one of
the ways in which the ego strengthens itself, if making
yourself right and others wrong is a mental dysfunction
that perpetuates separation and conflict between human
beings, does that mean there is no such thing as right or
wrong behavior, action, or belief? And wouldn’t that be
the moral relativism that some contemporary Christian
teachings see as the great evil of our times?
The history of Christianity is, of course, a prime example
of how the belief that you are in sole possession of the
truth, that is to say, right, can corrupt your actions and behavior
to the point of insanity. For centuries, torturing and
burning people alive if their opinion diverged even in the
slightest from Church doctrine or narrow interpretations of
scripture (the “Truth”) was considered right because the
victims were “wrong.” They were so wrong that they
needed to be killed. The Truth was considered more important
than human life. And what was the Truth? A story
you had to believe in; which means, a bundle of thoughts.
The one million people that mad dictator Pol Pot of
Cambodia ordered killed included everybody who wore
glasses. Why? To him, the Marxist interpretation of history
was the absolute truth, and according to his version of it,
those who wore glasses belonged to the educated class, the
bourgeoisie, the exploiters of the peasants. They needed to
be eliminated to make room for a new social order. His
truth also was a bundle of thoughts.
The Catholic and other churches are actually correct
when they identify relativism, the belief that there is no absolute
truth to guide human behavior, as one of the evils of
our times; but you won’t find absolute truth if you look for
it where it cannot be found: in doctrines, ideologies, sets of
rules, or stories. What do all of these have in common?
They are made up of thought. Thought can at best point to
the truth, but it never is the truth. That’s why Buddhists say
“The finger-pointing to the moon is not the moon.” All religions
are equally false and equally true, depending on how
you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego,
or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe
only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the
service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes
ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well
as division and conflict between people. In the service of
the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps
left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual
awakening, that is to say, in becoming free of identification
There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths
emanate from it. When you find that Truth, your actions
will be in alignment with it. Human action can reflect the
Truth, or it can reflect illusion. Can the Truth be put into
words? Yes, but the words are, of course, not it. They only
point to it.
The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are
the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived
every time. The very Being that you are is Truth. Jesus
tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way and
the truth and the life.”2 These words uttered by Jesus are
one of the most powerful and direct pointers to the Truth,
if understood correctly. If misinterpreted, however, they
become a great obstacle. Jesus speaks of the innermost I
Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every
life-form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. Some
Christian mystics have called it the Christ within; Buddhists
call it your Buddha nature; for Hindus, it is Atman, the indwelling
God. When you are in touch with that dimension
within yourself-and being in touch with it is your natural
state, not some miraculous achievement-all your actions
and relationships will. reflect the oneness with all life that
you sense deep witrun. This is love. Laws, commandments,
rules, and regulations are necessary for those who are cut
off from who they are, the Truth within. They prevent the
worst excesses of the ego, and often they don’t even do
that. “Love and do what you will,” said St. Augustine.
Words cannot get much closer to the Truth than that.
THE EGO IS NOT PERSONAL
On a collective level, the mind-set “We are right and they
are wrong” is particularly deeply entrenched in those parts
of the world where conflict between two nations, races,
tribes, religions, or ideologies is long-standing, extreme,
and endemic. Both sides of the conflict are equally identified
with their own perspective, their own “story,” that is to
say, identified with thought. Both are equally incapable of
seeing that another perspective, another story, may exist
and also be valid. Israeli writer Y. Halevi speaks of the possibility
of “accommodating a competing narrative,”3 but in
many parts of the world, people are not yet able or willing
to do that. Both sides believe themselves to be in possession
of the truth. Both regard themselves as victims and the
“other” as evil, and because they have conceptualized and
thereby dehumanized the other as the enemy, they can kill
and inflict all kinds of violence on the other, even on children,
without feeling their humanity and suffering. They
become trapped in an insane spiral of perpetration and retribution,
action and reaction.
Here it becomes obvious that the human ego in its collective
aspect as “us” against “them” is even more insane
than the “me,” the individual ego, although the mechanism
is the same. By far the greater part of violence that humans
have inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or
the mentally deranged, but of normal, respectable citizens
in the service of the collective ego. One can go so far as to
say that on this planet “normal” equals insane. What is it
that lies at the root of this insanity? Complete identification
with thought and emotion, that is to say, ego.
Greed, selfishness, exploitation, cruelty, and violence are
still all-pervasive on this planet. When you don’t recognize
them as individual and collective manifestations of an underlying
dysfunction or mental illness, you fall into the error
of personalizing them. You construct a conceptual
identity for an individual or group, and you say: “This is
who he is. This is who they are.” When you confuse the
ego that you perceive in others with their identity, it is the
work of your own ego that uses this misperception to
strengthen itself through being right and therefore superior,
and through reacting with condemnation, indignation, and
often anger against the perceived enemy. All this is enormously
satisfying to the ego. It strengthens the sense of
possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat
the illness as an enemy and therefore do not create new
War is a mind-set, and all action that comes out of such a
mind-set will either strengthen the enemy, the perceived
evil, or, if the war is won, will create a new enemy, a new
evil equal to and often worse than the one that was defeated.
There is a deep interrelatedness between your state
of consciousness and external reality. When you are in the
grip of a mind-set such as “war,” your perceptions become
extremely selective as well as distorted. In other words, you
will see only what you want to see and then misinterpret it.
You can imagine what kind of action comes out of such a
delusional system. Or instead of imagining it, watch the
news on TV tonight.
Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction,
the insanity of the human mind. When you recognize
it for what it is, you no longer misperceive it as somebody’s
identity. Once you see the ego for what it is, it becomes
much easier to remain nonreactive toward it. You don’t take
it personally anymore. There is no complaining, blaming,
accusing, or making wrong. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego
in someone, that’s all. Compassion arises when you recognize
that all are suffering from the same sickness of the
mind, some more acutely than· others. You do not fuel the
drama anymore that is part of all egoic relationships. What
is its fuel? Reactivity. The ego thrives on it.
DO YOU WANT PEACE OR DRAMA?
You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace.
Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama,
wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this
moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a
thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing
you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching
on your territory, questioning the way you do things, an argument
about money …. Can you then feel the enormous
surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps being
masked by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice
becoming harsh or shrill, or louder and a few octaves
lower? Can you be aware of your mind racing to defend its
position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you
awaken at that moment of unconsciousness? Can you feel
that there is something in you that is at war, something that
feels threatened and wants to survive at all cost, that needs
the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious
character within that theatrical production? Can you feel
there is something in you that would rather be right than at
BEYOND EGO: YOUR TRUE IDENTITY
When the ego is at war, know that it is no more than an illusion
that is fighting to survive. That illusion thinks it is
you. It is not easy at first to be there as the witnessing Presence,
especially when the ego is in survival mode or some
emotional pattern from the past has become activated, but
once you have had a taste of it, you will grow in Presence
power, and the ego will lose its grip on you. And so a
power comes into your life that is far greater than the ego,
greater than the mind. All that is required to become free of
the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible.
Awareness is the power that is concealed within
the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence.
The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is
to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.
And this is also why becoming free of the ego cannot be
made into a goal to be attained at some point in the future.
Only Presence can free you of the ego, and you can only be
present Now, not yesterday or tomorrow. Only Presence
can undo the past in you and thus transform your state of
What is spiritual realization? The belief that you are
spirit? No, that’s a thought. A little closer to the truth than
the thought that believes you are who your birth certificate
says you are, but still a thought. Spiritual realization is to see
clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately
not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those
things that continuously pass away. The Buddha was probably
the first human being to see this clearly, and so anata (no
self) became one of the central points of his teaching. And
when Jesus said, “Deny thyself,” what he meant was: Negate
(and thus undo) the illusion of self. If the self-ego-were
truly who I am, it would be absurd to “deny” it.
What remains is the light of consciousness in which perceptions,
experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go.
That is Being, that is the deeper, true I. When I know myself
as that, whatever happens in my life is no longer of absolute
but only of relative importance. I honor it, but it
loses its absolute seriousness, its heaviness. The only thing
that ultimately matters is this: Can I sense my essential Beingness,
the I Am, in the background of my life at all times?
To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this
moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness
itself? Or am I losing myself in what happens, losing myself
in the mind, in the world?
ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE
Whatever form it takes, the unconscious drive behind ego
is to strengthen the image of who I think I am, the phantom
self that came into existence when thought-a great
blessing as well as a great curse-began to take over and obscured
the simple yet profound joy of connectedness with
Being, the Source, God. Whatever behavior the ego manifests,
the hidden motivating force is always the same: the
need to stand out, be special, be in control; the need for
power, for attention, for more. And, of course, the need to
feel a sense of separation, that is to say, the need for opposition,
The ego always wants something from other people or
situations. There is always a hidden agenda, always a sense
of “not enough yet,” of insufficiency and lack that needs to
be filled. It uses people and situations to get what it wants,
and even when it succeeds, it is never satisfied for long.
Often it is thwarted in its aims, and for the most part the
gap between “I want” and “what is” becomes a constant
source of upset and anguish. The famous and now classic
pop song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” is the song of
the ego. The underlying emotion that governs all the activity
of the ego is fear. The fear of being nobody, the fear
of nonexistence, the fear of death. All its activities are ultimately
designed to eliminate this fear, but the most the ego
can ever do is to cover it up temporarily with an intimate
relationship, a new possession, or winning at this or that. Illusion
will never satisfy you. Only the truth of who you
are, if realized, will set you free.
Why fear? Because the ego arises by identification with
form, and deep down it knows that no forms are permanent,
that they are all fleeting. So there is always a sense of
insecurity around the ego even if on the outside it appears
As I was walking with a friend through a beautiful nature
reserve near Malibu in California, we came upon the ruins
of what had been once a country house, destroyed by a fire
several decades ago. As we approached the property, long
overgrown with trees and all kinds of magnificent plants,
there was a sign by the side of the trail put there by the park
authorities. It read: DANGER. ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE. I
said to my friend, “That’s a profound sutra [sacred scripture].”
And we stood there in awe. Once you realize and
accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the
seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This
is because the recognition of the impermanence of all
forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within
yourself, that which is beyond death. Jesus called it “eternal
So there it is. I will elloborate on these statements in future posts. But I think this information could do all of humanity some good to open the shutters and dust off the old book and watch, meditate, and LISTEN.
THINK ABOUT IT!!!
Marina Love Movement
Raw Divine nutritionist, Superfoodist, Superherbalist, Anti-aging expert, Well-being coach, Dancer, Model, VJ.