11/21/2011 05:04 pm ET | Updated Jan 21, 2012

Ego: A Bad Word?

We talk to ourselves incessantly about our world. In fact we maintain our world with our internal talk. And whenever we finish talking to ourselves about ourselves and our world, the world is always as it should be. We renew it, we rekindle it with life, we uphold it with our internal talk. Not only that, but we also choose our paths as we talk to ourselves. Thus we repeat the same choices over and over until the day we die, because we keep on repeating the same internal talk over and over until the day we die. A warrior is aware of -- this and strives to stop his internal talk.
-- Carlos Castaneda

Let us take a simple analogy: Many people in the world complain they do not have enough. They struggle and seek some missing ingredient from their lives with utmost devotion. What the mind does not understand is that by hounding you about what you did not or will not accomplish, it is gambling and losing its most precious of resources -- the point of power, the now.

The past is an illusion, and the future a vicious trap. Both rob you of the eternal present moment, in which lies your power to create and manifest whatever desires your heart seeks. Goal setting for the future is prudent; learning from the past is wise. When these thoughts about the past or the future start to function as your primary points of reference, however, you have a problem. You can garner a great deal of pain from a nagging past and your projections into the future.

They learn the laws and become acquainted with the visualization techniques. They create mind-movies and meditate. Then they place an intention. Up to this point, everything is going just as it should. At last, bounty is generously bestowed on them because of their asking. Money flows into their lives as easily as water does down a stream. Relationships bud. Abundance sprouts in every lifestyle. Everything is just perfect.

Or, is it? Now, these persons feel discontent deep within. They have what they asked for, and, ironically, that is the reason for their discord. They fret and feel bad about all the riches they have accumulated. When you ask them what could be the reason, they answer,

• "I am too rich to know the real meaning of life."

• "Don't you know? Money is evil!"

• "I do not want to be egoistic or greedy. I'm told it will suck the life-energy out of me!"

• "Whoa... I never wanted the millions! I just wanted a safe, secured future. Millions are a pain. Besides, the expansive business is sucking up on my quality time with others!"

And so on. Can you observe a negative theme? Whatever happened to their personal intentions they set a while back?

This is the ego at play: The ego separates itself from everything "apart" from or everything "outside" it. The ego has awaked to its constant need to feel unsatisfied, discontented, unhappy and finding fault. Even in abundance, it has to release its bile.

Each of us has an ego limit, a point at which the ego feels attacked or overwhelmed because the host has learned to manifest intentions in the now. The present moment hinders ego's purpose. Once the host is aware that he or she no longer needs to dwell on past or future thoughts, ego is back in action. It whines and protests; it will not let go. Eventually, persons so antagonized, who claimed their deserved goodness, are ready to give it all up.

Sometimes an otherwise calm and serene person gathers a look that can best be described as devilish. During phases of anger, temper fits, hatred or any sort of mental trauma, this very person who was usually at his or her best behavior now has become a crude creature. What has happened? Why do persons take this belligerent form when such feelings surge through them? What, if anything, do these feelings have in common?

These negative feelings have an inherent quality about them -- hatred, grief, anger, pain -- and they usually have grave repercussions. Once within a fit of anger, these feelings create more of the same until the animalistic surge has satisfied itself. Many times, this satisfaction can come from an uttering of sharp, painful words toward others or even from physically abusing someone. Once the negative feeling overtakes one, all a person can do is feel more of it until he or she becomes a carrier of this seeming disease. Pain begets pain, physiologically and psychologically.

Read "The Point of Power" and learn to Intend, Declare and Detach to manifest your hearts desires.

Peter Baksa has written "The Point of Power," available now on Amazon. He is also the author of "It's None of My Business What You Think of Me!," "Think Yourself Young" (which will include interviews with Tibetan Monks from earlier this year and how they are able to stop time and live quality lives well past 120 years of age)

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