The ego is unaware of the gifts of the spirit that more than compensate for the surrender or ‘loss’ of ego positions. These gifts are often subtle, such as an increase in self-esteem and reduction in one’s overall anxiety level.
Underlying all fears is the primordial, instinctual fear of death itself; therefore, much inner work can be bypassed by de-energizing this fear as early as possible in one’s spiritual work. The fear of physical death arises from the animal instinct plus the narcissism of the ego, which is in love with itself. Death implies an end of experiencing, and experiencing is equated with life; thus, the ego clings to that which is linear and familiar.
Our experience of the world and life is totally the result of inner beliefs and positionalities. Out of love and respect for God arises the willingness to surrender all these prejudgments, and the humility that ensues opens the doors to the splendor of reality, which is the revelation of the Self. Love is the magic catalyst that brings about the awareness. In the end, faith is replaced by certainty, and therefore it is said that God is found by those who seek Him.
Once one becomes willing to give love, the discovery quickly follows that one is surrounded by love and merely didn’t know how to access it. Love is actually present everywhere, and its presence only needs to be realized.
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