• The ego is often debunked, particularly by 'spiritual people'
Let's not forget, though, that the ego is a wonderful servant, too
of building the pyramids ... and old roads that go BUMP!
• The trick is
simply not make the ego your master - or identity
• And if you have come to
do so, to just let go of that habit
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In the previous blog post I talked about my
summer vacation in a small cottage in the middle of nowhere in
the part of Demark that's farthest away from the capital where
I talked about the Nazi German occupation of
Denmark during World War 2 and the contrast between scared
egos building concrete bunkers and happy souls/hearts building
the ephemeral art of sand sculptures (like full size horses,
canoes and racing cars) in the sand. I even remembered to
include some photos.
This time I thought I'd briefly
mention another aspect of that. I thought I'd mention what I
might (only slightly jokingly) call German crafts.
Very Big Sidewalks!
In order to get to
that particular part of Denmark (which is sparsely populated)
where I spent my vacation you need some means of
transportation (preferably a car) and you need roads.
We had a car and we used the roads - which when you ride a car
on them curiously go 'bump-bump-bump-bump!' on an entirely
regular basis. Why do the roads do that?
That's because the roads in that part of the country are pretty
old and made by big, fat, square slabs of concrete put next to each
Those roads are essentially big sidewalks!
who built those roads?
Yeah, German Crafts in Denmark
the occupational forces of Nazi Germany did. Sometime during the
1940s. And you know what? Those roads are still there, just like the
bunkers on the beach.
The German war machine needed access to
those beaches in the tiny kingdom of Denmark, so they built roads,
lots of roads. And you know what else?
The roads in this part of
the country haven't changed a bit since the Germans built them.
They've needed next to no repair, and while they aren't a real
pleasure to drive on (bump-bump!) they sure do work, even all these
decades later. That's nothing short of amazing!
Useful German Crafts (of the Ego)
So what I wanted to say in this
blog post is, that when
the fear based ego
builds something that's
non-violent by nature and useful in a general way that can be a
great and wonderful thing. Roads are a prime example of that.
Actually bunkers can be re-used, too.
In many places
around Europe there are huge bunkers (much, much bigger than the
ones on the Danish beaches). They are built so well, that dynamite
will hardly dent them - they are virtually indestructible.
So, seeing as how they are houses (of sorts), people now use them
for other purposes. For example you can see some
on the Zurich based website of Architonic AG.
And those roads in Denmark, well, they still serve their purpose
- in a bumpy way - and they seem to be pretty indestructible, too.
They'll probably still be there decades from now.
The Ego IS Useful - and Not Just for German Crafts, Either
There's a tendency to debunk the ego, particularly in spiritual
circles, but that, too, is a limited way of viewing things.
The ego IS useful. In fact the ego is a wonderful tool, capable of
great feats. German crafts like bunkers, roads and, say, automobiles
are just one example.
In fact ALL the so-called wonders of
the world (incl. the
seven wonders of the ancient world, the wonders
of the middle ages and the many wonders of the modern world
) must be
called creations of the ego.
Have you ever visited the great
pyramids of Egypt? If not, and you get the chance, then you should!
They're marvellous. Magnificent. Incredible. Especially their size.
If you do visit them, try climbing up on them! You probably
won't get very far. Each building block is so big you have to climb
it separately. And there are LOTS of those blocks.
pyramids aren't that colorful - or useful - perhaps they're even
sort of boring, but they're incredibly big and they've been standing
there for 4500 years. That's ancient Egyptian ego crafts for you!
The Ego Can Make Great German Crafts
- But Don't
Let It Run Your Life
The problem arises when you ask your defence
mechanism the ego to run your entire life for you.
like asking a bunch of deeply paranoid military people to run your
entire country for you - including government, police, legal system,
business, health care and social security.
It just doesn't
work - or rather, it works all right, just not the way you would
want it to.
I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be
there when it happens
~ Woody Allen
The ego is a highly
evolved mental defence mechanism. It is no wonder, therefore, that
the ego is also somewhat paranoid and will start wars out of fear
(fear of scarcity, for example). But only if you let it.
- meaning your free will - are in control and can choose openness,
acceptance and love instead of fear, stress and paranoia. It is an
act of will. Most of us just tend to forget that.
of saying the same thing is this: the ego is a great servant but a
A third way of saying it would be this:
If I (You) Had a Hammer ...
You have this wonderful
tool, the hammer. The hammer represents your ego.
you want to bang some nails into a board, the hammer works
beautifully. It also works if you want to bend a piece of metal
somewhere - or force something into something else.
hammer doesn't work real well when it comes to drilling holes,
though. Yes, you can make holes using the hammer, but not very nice
- or useful - ones.
And when it comes to cleaning windows the
hammer is terrible! Never clean your windows using a hammer!
Choose Which Part of You Should Be in Charge
your ego is a tool, just like a hammer. The ego is a survival
mechanism and a wonderful what-if generator, which makes it great
for fighting, killing, being serious, planning ahead and fixing
certain kinds of problems.
It can build extremely useful
things, too, like the
Great Pyramid of Giza
or some German craft
roads that last for decade after decade after decade with minimal
But when it comes to love, relationships,
relaxation, creativity - and to a great extent work, too - the ego
isn't really the one you want in charge. No, then you'll want that
happy part of you that builds
on the beach to be in
charge: Your essence, your heart, your soul.
It is a choice,
and a most powerful one.
It's not what you are that holds you
back, it's what you think.
~ Denis Waitley
And how to do
that in practice? Well, one option is this: By making yourself aware
of and consciously letting go of fear, perceived limitations, past
and present hurts and anything else you experience as unpleasant.
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