There are three parts to a human being; the mind, the body, and the spirit. The mind is the ego, the body is the vessel in which you experience this reality, and the spirit is the life force which allows all of these parts to work together. In a sense, we are just giant walking, talking, spiritual super-computers that live in this five sense reality. The mind is the software, the body is the hardware, and the spirit is the electricity that powers everything.
The current global issue we have today is that for thousands of years, man has identified himself as the ego. This is the belief that you are only your thoughts and the identity which you have created in this world; “I think therefore I am.” However, this mindset will only lead to pain and suffering because you are dismissing the other two parts of the equation and saying that you are your thoughts; which will leave you at the mercy of them.
The ego is a software program that is designed to label and make sense of the outside world. When we were given names, we were labeled by other egos so they could identify us as different individuals. Your name is a label, nothing more, and it’s not your true identity. You are a human being, thus you are more than just your clothes, your feelings, your desires, and your job. Those too, act like labels, in the sense that is how you “express” yourself to the outside world.
The ego created the self to identify who you are in comparison to the others who live in your world. This identity only serves as an avatar in this game we call life. It is only meant for you to operate within this world, just as if you had the controls to a character in a video game. However, the ego also identifies itself as the “I”.
If you identify only with the avatar that your ego created, then you’re a slave to it and its thoughts, and you begin to speak as both the I and self. The truth is, you are the Observing I, rather than the Identifying I, that can experience the whole of being; the combination of all three parts as one unit. In order to become one, you must create a balance between all.
So what does one mean when they says the phrase, “I hate myself”? Don’t you see that in that sentence there are two parts talking: The ego which the person has identified with; hi-jacking the (I) and is claiming to hate their creation of the (self)? When one says, “I love myself, this is them approving of what they have created. How funny is that we let this software convince us that we are it; even allow this system to dictate our emotions, when its real purpose is to assess the challenges around us and solve the problems we face, as the Observing I.
You are not your thoughts, you are not your feelings, and you are not what you do. Those things are just manifestations of the ego. The “Observing I”, the real you, is the higher consciousness which drives all of these things. It is the spirit in which all things live through – the energy that runs the ego – the energy that allows the body to function; how is it possible for the ego to claim its supremacy when its source of life is the energy spirit?
The ego is the software of Observing I; it is designed to serve the self as a guidance system while you experience a human life. Its purpose is to make sense of this world and it is also designed to protect you. If you identify solely with the ego, and its purpose is to protect you, wouldn’t it convince you that you are the ego and that it has everything under control? Wouldn’t it make you believe that it’s always right and looking out for your best interest? Wouldn’t it make you believe that without it you could not exist?
When you allow your ego to control you, this is precisely what it will do: It will create problems that do not exist so it can do its job. This usually happens with people who have not found a true purpose and live a life that does not meet their true standards. Such people get played like a flute by their egos and don’t even know it, because they THINK they are their egos. When you believe you are your thoughts and your feelings, you indentify as your ego rather than what you truly are. This leads only to pain and suffering because you are denying what you truly are.
In order to find balance in your life, remember that your thoughts, your identity, and you emotions are only labels of the things you are currently experiencing. None of these things are permanent and are subject to change over time. Life experiences can alter the way you think, the way you feel, and the way you believe. The Observing I is simply the spiritual consciousness and awareness of all these things. It is the total and full experience of the mind, body, and spirit as one. It is the ever-lasting observer of experiences without the labeling of the ego. It is the knowing instead of the thinking, the being instead of the doing, and it is your true nature instead of the one your mind has created.
Knowing this allows you to bring higher purpose and understanding into your life experience. Knowing that you are not your thoughts, your feelings, and your ego, you will be able to control yourself more. You can realize that when you feel angry, you’re experiencing a feeling that will eventually pass. Should you identify with anger and say, “I am angry,” then you actually embody the spirit of anger. However, if you say, “I feel angry”, then you still remain your true self and know in time this feeling will pass.
Disassociating yourself from your thoughts, feelings, and ego allows you remain true to yourself in times of difficulty. This is the key many spiritual gurus around the world know. They know true peace and tranquility is only found in the absence of the ego’s untamed chatter. This is the reason why people meditate to clear their minds.
Practice taking a step back when times get tough in order to separate yourself from your thoughts and emotions. Realize you are the Observing I and you will notice how an experience can change instantly. Remember, you are not a slave to your ego; you are its master. Make the ego work for you by observing it from a higher perspective and use it to create your reality.