To reach a level of peace in this world of polarity and duality we must come to terms with paradox. Most of us in our contemporary society live in our heads. Our minds struggle with the idea of paradox. Our ego, with its linear logic, cannot comprehend the illogic of paradox. However, our Hearts have no difficulty accepting the complementary nature of all polarities.
One of my favorite paradoxes contrasts my individuality with my sense of connectedness to All That Is. Our ego wishes for us to stand out and be someone special. It craves recognition and attention. Consequently, many of us find ourselves doing things in the world so we can be known for something. We hope to "leave our mark" or our legacy, for the world before we die. This can look like having a gifted child, accomplishing a great feat, or even becoming a notorious criminal. Because "ordinary" is so unacceptable to the ego, it seeks to be famous or outstanding in some way. Ego has a voracious appetite and is never satisfied with what it gets because it is not its nature to be satisfied. Its recognition comes at the expense of others because it seeks to be better than (or even worse than) - anything to stand out.
Now, each of us is born into this world as a unique expression of God. Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. We each carry skills, talents, and abilities that are our gifts. Yet, most of us were never fully recognized for this inherent uniqueness. We were always compared to others, which is the way of the ego. We may never have been made to feel appreciated for our pure Beingness and individual beauty. It was always:
"What makes you so special?";
"What have you accomplished?"
So, we move through our lives seeking the
recognition we never got. And then, if we ever do get it, it
is never enough. Some people may have accomplished great things
and become famous. But if they have been following the direction
of their ego, they somehow still feel empty inside. This may
explain why many successful and famous people commit suicide
or turn to drugs/alcohol. They are desperately trying to fill
the void inside that is characterized by the ego's insatiable
desire to be somebody. As long as the ego is the prime motivator
in our lives, we are endlessly caught in the quandary of success
It is our choice. It merely takes a shift in perception from ego to Soul-Centered Awareness.
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