Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Experience &the Ego
The kind of experience I’m talking about is a ‘full’
transcendent experience, an experience involving all aspects of being human:
spiritual, mental, emotional and physical, an experience that makes us feel
whole, complete, different and strangely exhilarated.
We routinely have experiences that emphasize one or the other
of the four aspects and down play the others. But a ‘full’ transcendent experience,
one involving and integrating all aspects of who we are simultaneously is rare.
That’s because our inner gatekeeper, the ego, can not manage
and control a ‘full’ transcendent experience. Full transcendent experiences
overwhelm and threaten the ego, so it avoids them, instead focusing us on a
single aspect of our being, usually the mental or physical, while avoiding the
spiritual and emotional aspects. And the ego is right in its fear, for
‘transcendent’ means transcending or bypassing the ego.
To have a ‘full’ transcendent experience, the ego would have
to willingly surrender, which it is loath to do. But we can help it surrender
by staying in the now, relying on loose/tight both/and thinking, realizing
we’re with ego when we find ourselves blaming, excluding, judging and punishing,
and choosing spirit’s grace, compassion, love and peace instead. We want to
show the ego its ineffectiveness and train it to if not, surrender then at
least let go and let God a bit more often.