The Craft of Ego
Losing ego is distancing yourself from what you used to think you were. It may feel like losing your identity, but losing a false identity isn't losing anything at all. How hard can it be to lose that which isn't yours in the first place? Ego is like a forged passport. Only you take it as actuality. The photograph on your passport is not you either, for a true photo of you would be all shining light.
That which you take personally is ego, be it praise up or rejection down. The greatness of you can never be made to feel small. Nor can the greatness of you be made to feel bigger than its truth.
When you have a delicious apple in front of you to eat, it is an apple in all its glory, just as it is. What needs to be added to it to make it more of an apple? The apple shines with or without appreciation.
That which is to swell you is love. And that is exactly what love does, for love expands the nonexistent boundaries very well. Love knows it does not fit between lines.
Love swells the heart in all directions. Love escapes the Human heart and swells the universe. Love bursts itself and is a reburst of love. Love extends itself, and that is what it has been doing. Love never stopped. There never was a moment anywhere anytime where love did not exist. Love does not depend upon anything in order to be what it is.
But ego depends on everything for its pseudo-existence.
Seek another identity. Seek one that suits you better. Seek one that is true.
Beware of false advertising, most particularly about yourself. Do not be so easily convinced that ego builds you. Ego is a magician's trick that takes your attention off truth. Ego is not preferable. You pay dearly for your ego.
Ego gives you a sense of greatness that is appalling next to your true greatness. You are the child who thinks a nickel is worth more than a dime. Ego cheats you time and time again. Ego is the drug-dealer who gets you coming back for more. Ego knows that it will never satisfy you, but what does a racketeer care so long as it perpetrates itself. Ego has convinced you that you need it to tell you who you are when it blaringly tells you what you are not. Slippery is ego.
Ego is a fox. It tricks you, and each time it lights you up one amp. What is one amp next to the Sun?
Do not think I pick on you when I pick on ego. Do not defend ego. Ego has nothing to do with you except as you take it at its word. Ego's word means nothing. Ego is a charlatan that deals in charlatanism. Ego cannot make a fool of you because who you really are is beyond ego, but ego does trick you when you fall for it.
Ego makes great promises. Ego lives on the promises its gives. It gets its hooks into you, and you feel bound. You feel guilty to drop ego. Guilt is one of its trips. Ego bobbles you. As ego gets your attention onto the surface of life, it cagily keeps your attention off Truth.
Ego, this master of deception, can offer you only costumes, but how it makes you crave these costumes. What ego makes of you even becomes more important than what you are.
Extol ego no longer. Extol love instead.