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The Era of the Ego and the Destruction of Intuition (Intuition Part 2)

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Ego is a feeling of importance: it encourages self-centeredness, pride, and loves seeking approval. It also reinforces feelings of inferiority and a sense of lack.

The modern society is the era of the surface self/ego: it amplifies the ego by promoting materialism, individuality, and feelings of self-importance. It deceives the masses that they can only attain happiness when they become important folks. Besides this, it strengthens the surface self by making people focus on competition and comparing themselves with each other.

The modern society also fortifies our egos by making us identify with our achievements and material wealth. It encourages people to believe that their certificates, job titles, cars, and houses determine their self-worth. For this reason, most of us have become self-obsessed because we think life revolves around us.

We have let the ego control us without realizing its disastrous effects. The ego impedes creativity, increases our chances of failure, and prevents us from establishing good relationships. Primarily, it’s harmful to us because it destroys intuition. (I fully described the meaning of intuition in the article, The Era of Anxiety and the Destruction of Intuition).

Intuition, as Albert Einstein pointed it out, ‘is a sacred-gift.’ It leads to better decision-making, improves mental well-being, and boosts creativity. It also enables us to identify with our true purpose and allows us to know whatever we need to know because it’s our connection to our higher selves.

Our intuitive abilities awaken when we are highly connected to the higher-self. The ego suppresses the higher-self and disconnects us from it by making us obsessed with the outer world, hence making us less intuitive. Besides this, we become highly connected with the higher-self when we are loving and generous, but the ego prevents this connection by promoting competition, which causes jealousy, hate, and selfishness.

Moreover, the ego destroys intuition by causing too much noise in our heads. It makes us think continously about the ways we can elevate our self-image, how we can outdo our friends, and the material possessions we need to boost our feelings of self-importance. Furthermore, the ego worries, judges, and is obsessed with thinking about other folks. The ego thus limits intuition by preventing us from having a clear and relaxed mind, which is necessary for the awakening of our intuitive abilities.

Therefore, ego is also one of the biggest enemies of intuition. You must learn to suppress it if you are interested in awakening your intuitive abilities. Practice humility, and strive to connect with your higher-self instead of the surface self, and you will awaken your most reliable source of knowledge, and wisdom.

“The constant chatter of the ego and analytical mind creates so much mental noise that we can’t hear the inner guiding voice of our higher-self.’ – Jeff,The Multidimensional Self: The Soul, Oversoul, and the Beyond

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Living in Harmony with Nature: The Wisdom of Stoicism

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Introduction

‘If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor.’ – Seneca

Stoicism was an ancient philosophy that constantly reminded people about the unpredictability of life and the importance of rising above one’s emotions and external conditions. As well, it strived to enlighten people about the importance of accepting whatever happens and living in harmony with nature.

Today, I’ll focus on the stoic teaching of living in harmony with nature because it enables people to reach their full potential and live a fulfilling life.

Living in Harmony with Nature according to Stoicism

‘Let us keep to the way which nature has mapped out for us, and let us not swerve therefrom.’ – Seneca

According to stoicism, nature designed us to flourish because it wants us to attain the full expression of our human potential. It thus planted within us a desire of wanting to become the highest version of ourselves and provided us with everything we need to be our highest self.

For this reason, living in harmony with nature is to strive to reach our highest potential, which can be done by developing our character and perfecting reason. We perfect reason by cultivating wisdom, and we develop character by living a virtuous life through embracing justice/good-heartedness, courage, and self-discipline.

To the stoics, self-discipline meant controlling our emotions and embracing humility and forgiveness. Besides, courage meant acting fearlessly while justice meant fairness and good-heartedness.

The stoics believed anyone who strived to reach her full potential by developing her reasoning faculty and a good character will live a fulfilled life as she will be in harmony with nature.

Discussion

Studying nature enabled me to realize that every living thing was designed to grow into its full potential. For instance, mangoes are designed to develop into huge trees with several fruits while whales are designed to grow into huge mammals that give birth to live young.

For this reason, I firmly support the Stoics’ idea that we were also designed to live up to our full potential, and I believe we live in harmony with nature by aligning with this design.

As well, I agree that we’ll live a fulfilling life if we develop our character because a good character enables us to establish good relationships, and connect with the right people. Moreover, it enables us to rise above failure and attain prosperity.

Lastly, I support the fact that perfecting our reason leads to a fulfilling life since it results in a positive perception towards life and enables us to make healthy judgments, wise decisions, and perform the right actions.

Hope you enjoyed the wisdom of the stoics. Anyway, besides the idea of living in harmony with nature, I will continue providing you with more powerful stoic teachings in my future articles because I recently discovered that practicing stoicism leads to a happier and peaceful life.

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There Is No Specific Formula for Answered Prayer

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There Is No Specific Formula for Answered Prayer

The internet is filled with spiritual experts who claim to know the right formula for answered prayer. Some of them advise us to pray while kneeling, and others while bowing down. Besides, others claim that we should pray according to God’s will while others urge us to focus on affirmative prayer because it’s more powerful than other forms of prayer.

I used to believe in these ideas, but after studying and meditating on esoteric philosophy for about three years, I realized that all the above ways of praying are just ideas – and not fundamental truths – because there is no reliable evidence that proves their validity. Furthermore, the formulas seldom succeed even after people try them for a long period.

I think people should pray whenever they want, using any formula they want, because there is no specific formula for answered prayer. Many people could have had their prayers constantly answered if there was a specific formula for prayer that ensures answers.

My doubts regarding an assured formula for answered prayer arose after studying the prayers of several ancient religions. I discovered that different religions had a different way of praying, and every religion believed its way of prayer was the best.

For instance, ancient Muslims believed their way of prayer was the best while ancient Christians, who prayed differently, also believed their way of prayer was the best. For this reason, the belief that there is a specific formula for prayer that always works is illusory for it is based on an individual’s religious belief system, which is influenced by how the founders of his religion understood spirituality.

However, despite my argument that there is no specific formula for answered prayer, I believe TRUST ensures an individual’s prayers are answered regardless of what he’s praying for. People who trust with all their mind, soul, and heart that they will get whatever they pray for, often get it even if its against God’s will.

By the way, I don’t believe in the idea of God’s will because no one can understand God’s inner nature, and therefore, one will ever know ‘his’ will. God is unknowable, and whatever we know about God’s inner nature is based on belief systems and assumptions. As the Hermetists put it, ‘any information regarding the inner nature of God, is but the childish efforts of mortal minds to grasp the secret of the Infinite (The Kyabilion –The Three Initiates).’

With that in mind, instead of trying to find the best formula for answered prayer, we must focus on building our trust in The Creator. And if you seldom pray, don’t worry because many atheists have manifested their desires just because they trusted that they will get whatever they want.

Lastly, realize that we are multi-dimensional divine beings that were created in the Creator’s image, and within us is the Creator’s power. A power that serves us only when we TRUST that everything will work in our favor regardless of whether we pray or not.

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