在今日的口頭用語裡,「我執」被誤解為「驕傲」和「自我鞏固」; 然而,「我執」是虛榮的將你的生命建築在你對自己的幻想周圍。 就像一個沙堡,它無法堅強的面對永恆的潮汐,因為,它沒有真實的力量。 諷刺的是,大多數的個人幻覺與「自尊」並無關連。反而,通常是「自尊」的高度破壞者,例如:幻想自己不值得,或者,當實際上有隱藏的意圖時,卻表達為受苦、殉難; 或者,當實際上非常恐懼時,卻順應為曲意奉承、卑躬屈膝。 大多數「我執」的中心點與「自尊」鮮少相關。但是,它們的共同點是:一個用來取代「愛」的謬論。

In today’s jargon, there is a misconception of ego as pride and self- empowerment. However, ego is the vanity of building your life around fantasies about yourself. Like a sand castle that cannot stand up to the tides of eternity, it has no real power. Ironically, most personal fantasies have nothing to do with self esteem, but are usually great destroyers of self esteem—such as the fantasy of unworthiness, or the allusion of martyrdom, when really there are hidden agendas, or the insinuation of compliance, when really there is only fear. The hub of most egos has little to do with self-esteem, but what they all have in common is a falsehood with which love has been replaced. 

        「愛」的本質是你「真我」的光輝。 而你對「真我」的瞭解,因為「我執」的主導而持續被破壞。 當我說:「一個人必須付出他的生命去找尋真我。」 我所指的是一個不幸的事實,大多數人所瞭解的生命,是環繞著「我執」而建立的。 如果,你想要瞭解你「愛」的本質,這虛假的生命必須被毀滅。 然而,在你瞭解什麼是「我執」以前,你會持續壓抑你的「愛」,並且毀滅不該被毀滅的。有一些人覺得:為了淨化和履行我們內在「愛」的潛能,必須過一種犧牲的生活。「犧牲」是毀滅「我執」所必須的嗎

“The love that you are is your real self glory. Consequently, your knowledge of true self is being destroyed by the dominance of ego. When I said ‘a man must give his life to find it,’ I was referring to the unfortunate fact that the only life known to most people is built around ego. That false life must be slain if you would know the love that you are. Until you know what ego is, however, you will continue suppressing your love and slay the wrong thing."

祂說:

「創造一個“我執”是你所作過最大的犧牲!更多的犧牲能夠解除它嗎?
你怎麼可能愛惜生命,而同時卻以錯誤的創造或否認你自己,來否定生命?」

「我一直都要求你們給予“寬容”而不是犧牲!」

He stated,

 “Creating an ego is the greatest sacrifice you ever made! How could more sacrifice undo that? How can you love life and also contradict it with false creations or deny yourself? I have asked always that you grant mercy, not make sacrifices!

        給予寬容是「我執」的犧牲!當你可以釋放所有報復的渴望, 當你可以釋放所有為自己辯護的渴望,當你可以停止扭曲「公正」,當你可以接受你沒有權力 ( power ) 使自己是對的而別人是錯的,當你可以停止只是為了控制一個情況而反對別人,那麼,你將會瞭解「寬容」。 你的「我執」無法存活於「寬容」的力量中。要記得,「我執」是個人的虛構,它企圖顛覆並取代你「愛」的本質。 其中一個最常見的虛構是「不值得」。這種自我概念決不可能領你到上主那兒,而且,任何一個宗教,若利用「不值得」作為信念的支柱,將只會以自我增強的循環培養「我執」的擴展。

        「愛」是你的本質!你可以在「愛」之上添加個人的觀點、裝飾、夢想、渴望、以及獨特的能力。

        與「愛」相比,「我執」以恐懼為食。並且,被所有恐懼的機制所驅動。 因為,「我執」是一個虛構的事物,它是非常脆弱的。 在「實相」的光中,「我執」感到倍受威脅。 因此,它需要被包裝於一個想像的世界裡,由架構和意圖來保全與防護。此外,你的「我執」對於上主感到非常憤怒。 這是因為上主與「實相」和你真實自性的源頭是一體的。 當我說我再回來時,我會區分山羊和綿羊, 我是指:清楚的揭露「我執」和「真我」的不同!這句話已經被錯誤的詮釋為:我會挑選某些人而不選其他人。 這顯然是錯誤的, 因為我的「愛」、我的真理、以及我的贈禮已經給予了每一個人。 透過我的臨在,我會加強每一個人內在的「真我」,而那個像山羊一般固執任性的「我執」將會被去除。

To grant mercy is the ego’s sacrifice!! When you can release all desire for vengeance, when you can release all desire for self justification, when you can cease playing games with justice, when you can accept that it is not in your power to make yourself right and another wrong, when you can cease opposing another simply to dominate a situation, then you will understand mercy. Your ego cannot survive the power of mercy. “Remember, the ego is the personal fiction that attempts to subvert and replace the love that you are. One of the most common fabrications is unworthiness. Such ideas of self will never take you to God, and any religion that employs unworthiness as a pillar of belief will just foster ego development with a self-reinforcing loop. Love is who you are! To that you may add personal viewpoints, enrichments, dreams, desires, and unique abilities.

“In contrast with love, the ego feeds upon fear and is driven by all the mechanisms of fear. Because the ego is an invented thing, it is very perishable. In the light of reality, it feels eminently threatened. Therefore, it needs to be encased within an imaginary existence, secured and protected by structure and agendas. 

“Moreover, your ego is very angry with God. This is because God is one with reality and the Source of your true beingness as love. When I said that upon my return I would separate the sheep from the goats, I was referring to a manifest exposure of the ego apart from the true self! That statement has been falsely interpreted to mean that I will select some people and not others. That is patently incorrect, for my love, my truth, and my gifts have been given to everyone. Through my presence, I will strengthen the true self in each person, and the willful goat-like egos will be dismissed."

~ Love Without End

ego的遮蔽-自傲轉為自信


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