“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Matthew 3:5-8
All of us when we are born into this world create our own ego, our own sense of self which is a built in survival mechanism that can also become a monster when left unchecked and uncontrolled. The ego loves to be appeased, it is the ego that fears, that hates, that can never get enough; and therefor it is the ego that also stands in the way of Spiritual evolution and growth because to walk in the Spirit one must release attachment to all the ego holds dear, even to life itself. This is why Jesus said, he who loses his life will find it…
So, the beginning of enlightenment starts with a battle between the ego and Your True Self, Your Spirit. In some circles this is described as “the Battle of the Two Wolves” with the one you feed the most becoming the victor. Others describe this as “The Dark Night of The Soul”, a time in which your Soul and your ego battle for control over your physical vessel.
Regardless of the label or descriptive assigned to the process, for the initiate seeking Enlightenment, it is a very real experience and one that must take place before any meaningful Spiritual growth is possible. This is not to say that one will not perhaps continue to have further battles with the ego, but if one cannot put the ego in subjection to the Spirit the journey cannot even begin. The wisdom of The Spirit is for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the ego is not equipped.
Every person on the journey to enlightenment must find their own path, their own way. Each will have a different level of difficulty in putting down the ego. For those who were overindulged as children, they will have a more difficult time than those who received more discipline because the latter already have experience at reining in the ego. By the way, if you are hearing a voice while you are reading this saying, “But I need my ego”, it is the ego speaking. Your True Self is eternal and KNOWS that IT IS and doesn’t need assistance from your temporal imaginary friend!
Spirit guides us to The Path to Truth and Wisdom which is why Jesus said we MUST be born again of the Spirit in order to see the Kingdom, the person led by ego can never do what is necessary to receive the gifts of The Spirit nor receive Spiritual Insight. Jesus stated that if one is unwilling to give up EVERYTHING that he is unworthy of Him. The ego wants to hold onto everything; it wants comfort, security, riches and recognition. This is why the rich young ruler walked away sadly, giving up his possessions was the one thing he could not do.
So, the first thing YOU must realize as you begin your journey to enlightenment is that you are NOT a body with a Spirit, YOU are a Spirit within a physical vessel having a temporal experience in a 3/4D reality as part of the evolutionary process of Your Soul. You are here to remember that YOU are a part of The One, we are all ONE, all fractals of The One True God and it is the illusion of separateness that the ego insists you believe in, an illusion responsible for ALL conflict on the planet. Those who fell in the beginning also make it their duty to influence humans in the belief of separation.
Those of The Spirit are “Service to Others” oriented, those who are controlled by ego are “Service to Self” oriented. By their fruit you will know them. As stated in the Book of Acts, these signs follow those who believe, they all shared their resources, none went without, those who had property and wealth in excess sold and provided for those who did not… This is a FOREIGN concept not only in America but among the “Christian Church” as well who as a rule tend to believe that those less fortunate are in the position they are in of their own accord.
It is easy to determine whether you are controlled by ego, one need not submit to a 3rd party for examination, IF you can be honest with yourself… If you are prone to temper tantrums, live in fear or worry, are judgmental or prejudiced, selfish or greedy, then you are most definitely in ego! Those who are of the Spirit are peaceful, nonjudgmental, loving, forgiving, and fear nothing because they KNOW of their inherent immortality, they are not threatened by this mortal experience because they know that nothing here can do ANYTHING to their eternal essence.
So, if you are serious about your Spiritual Growth and Evolution, tell your ego to take a hike and embrace YOUR DIVINITY within, as was written, the Kingdom IS within… Only after you kick your imaginary friend to the curb can you begin to explore the wisdom that awaits you upon reconnecting with The One, The Source, The Creator, The Eternal Consciousness known as The Living God… As I have long said, The Truth IS experiential… When you KNOW, YOU will KNOW.