Pre-eminent writer, poet and dramatist William Shakespeare was also highly spiritually insightful. When in his play Macbeth he wrote the line- Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and caldron bubble- not only did he pen one of the most popular lines in English literature, he also described life in the ego and its habitat; planet Earth.
Planet Earth is very much like that charmed pot, around which the Macbeth witches dance and chant whilst it boils and churns its contents of eye of newt, toe of frog, owlet’s wing, blind-worms sting, poisoned entrails, fillet of fenny snake, a slice of swamp snake, forked tongue of an adder, together with other bits the witches hacked and tore off the luckless fauna that strayed onto their path. Have you noticed how snakes cop it sideways when anything dark, evil, treacherous or unpleasant is being portrayed? Poor things are still paying penance for the wrath incurred by their Garden of Eden ancestor who sweet-talked Eve into sneaking behind her dads back and chowing down on the apple. And look how that worked out, not just for the snake population but humanity. Eve’s pappy don’t forgive, or forget.
Back to the ego environment however, the place where ego rules and human beings do to each other things worse than the witches did to the frog, newt, owlet, snake and whatever else ended up in the pot.
The witches justify the slaughter and disembowelment of innocent wildlife by proclaiming it to be for a greater good, i.e. the potions help someone. Humans justify equally brain-dead politics and religious beliefs as being committed for the greater good of humanity. I wonder what the beheaded, disembowelled, burned, stoned and crucified would say about such loving and peaceful intentions.
And all the while ego skips and giggles, hands out medals, sings song, fires weapons into the air, brings out the marching bands, delivers sermons and hands out party pies and canapés.
How good’s this! Rejoices the ego. Sodom and Gomorrah are expending. Gods are great! My god’s anyway. Yours suck!
It needs to be seen and understood, clearly and unequivocally; ego does not only condone killing and barbarity it creates it. Murder, mayhem and duplicity are the fuel that keeps the ego fires burning.
Ego’s duplicity knows no bounds. It’s okay to kill masses but god forbid two people who love each other should want to get married, if they happen to be of the same sex. Oh dear, we can’t have any of that around here by god. That just ain’t right!
That’s all well and good, you may be thinking, but what can I do? These things have nothing to do with me. I’m just an average person, living my life as best as I can.
The answer to that is, everything and everyone is connected. You are ego’s child whenever you function within, or witness anything relating to, this world. And when I say you, I’m referring to all of us. Some to a lesser degree, some to a greater degree but as long as we are on the planet we’re ego’s children at least some of the time. That only stops being the case once we reunite with Creation permanently. Until then, there’s work to do.
Generally speaking human lives are filled with arguments, pain, disappointments and in far too many instances much worse.
There isn’t a human alive, no matter their social status, rank and level of eminence that has not had days when they have felt like that archetypal ventriloquists dummy; a marionette being manipulated this way and that by something unseen and unreachable? And how does ego explain such states of existence? It glosses over it with quirky little wisdoms like, suck it up, that’s just part of being alive?
So why doesn’t ego come clean as to why all the so-called bad stuff and crappy feelings happen? Because to do so is to admit there is such a thing as an alternative life, let’s call it.
The ego life force is a miserable thing. Its fruits are every war, every murder, every disease, every disaster, every treachery, every plague and pandemic ever witnessed.
Happiness cannot be found in ego. Nothing in ego is good. The best one gets in ego is a moment or two of respite. Look at your typical ego life; birth, painful. Growing up, controlled. Education, regimented. Work, stressful. Retirement, empty. Death, final.
It is important to see the ego as it is. It isn’t beautiful, subtle or manageable. And it most certainly isn’t benign.
That earthly life problems and the human condition overall cannot be solved by way of earthly means should be clear and obvious.
What should also be as obvious as a wart on a witches nose is that no one can save anyone else. Jesus couldn’t do it. Buddha couldn’t do it. Lao Tzu couldn’t, nor could anyone else you care to name.
Every single person has to earn his and her own ticked out of this place. If any of the great masters could have done it they would have. What the masters did do however is offer a variety of ways. Jesus for example, went as far as to show that ego can be overcome, in a most graphic way possible. He didn’t die for anyone’s sins. How could he have died for anyone’s sins when he went out of his way to show there is no death?
Focusing on the resurrection and sinlessness doesn’t suit the ego worshipers nor does it keep the gold rolling in. Sin, suffering and fear work much better for wealth creation and keeping the faithful in line.
Buddha never said he was a saviour, nor did any genuine master. That’s because genuine masters know better and don’t lie.
True masters never place themselves above the rest of us. There’s a good reason for that. They aren’t different to the rest of us. Their work is the only thing that’s different. Not better. Not more noble. Just different. These men and women are the Coyotaje, but instead of smuggling illegals across the border they help souls cross out of ego and back into their rightful homeland, Creation.
Unfortunately the vast majority of humans find the fact that personal effort is required in order to become free of ego unpalatable. It is much easier to wait for a master to come and sort them out, to wave the hand and carry them off to the Garden of Hesperides or some other such idyllic world of nymphs and shepherds where goats cheese tartlets, zucchini fritters and organic cheeky reds are plentiful and free.
So what is to be done? How can this world be fixed? When will god take pity and send in the angelic cavalry?
Answering those questions is easy. Nothing. It can’t. Never.
Nothing is to be done. Trying to do something about the ego environment is like trying to make a healthy meal out of the ingredients in the Macbeth witches cauldron.
This world can’t be fixed. How do you make the unreal real?
God will never send in the cavalry of any sort. Nor will a saviour come to singlehandedly save the world.
Look at it this way. Let’s say you’re watching a child sleeping. And the child starts tossing and turning and mumbling. You realise the child is dreaming. What do you do? Send in an army to slay the enemy the child is battling? Go in and rescue the child from whatever it is they are dreaming up? Fix the dream to a more pleasant one? Take food and water into the dream?
So it is with ego and ego life. The Creator will not interfere with one of its sleeping Creations.
The Creator has, however put in place ways, means and tools for each to wake. That part is assured. No one will be left behind.
To start ones own waking process the first step is to decide to, at the very least, canvas the possibilities. It is a choice. Everyone needs to make their own choices.
You may not believe there is anything out there but the ego. And that’s fine. Reality doesn’t depend on anyone. It is simply there as it has always been. Quietly, gently, waiting.
Next, focus on the Present moment. Some refer to it as being in the now. Or being in the breath. No matter what the label the substance is the same.
The first thing you will note when in the Present is there is no past or future. Those concepts are of the ego. When you are in the Present therefore there is no ego, you are experiencing the Self.
Being in the Present will bring happiness and joy, the likes of which cannot be imagined. Ego cannot imagine it because it has nothing to compare it with.
In the Present you will also find your life. The life you must live in order to reconnect with the Self and consequently Creation, permanently.
Make love not war,
Nick Z Moran