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Food for thought: CONTROL

Discussion in 'Spiritual Articles' started by Archived_Member16, May 28, 2008.

  1. Archived_Member16

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    Do you have control issues? Personality control is the biggest issue everyone must face in the spiritual journey. Because this is not understood nor often enough addressed, the spiritual journey for many is a disguised ego trip.

    We think we can control everything we experience – with but one exception: death. Behind all our fears is the fear of losing control, and behind that is the fear of death. In fact, loss of ego control is equated with death in the personality. To overcome fear and stop the controlling behaviors, one must face death with equanimity.

    The sad part of ego-centered control is that we usually don't recognize to what extent we are controlling. Other people around us certainly know it! It frequently takes a big confrontation or crisis to find it out for ourselves… unless we are willing to very honestly examine our fears, feelings and behaviors. We all have control issues!

    Central to the spiritual journey is the willingness and practice of letting go of ego's control and submitting to Universal Presence. You might agree with this, and say that you won't mind submitting to Universal Presence – i.e., the divine, but there is no way you will submit to, or trust in, the people around you. If that is the case, where and how do you think that the divine presence makes itself seen and felt other than through the people and circumstances in your life?

    When we agree to "not my will, but Thine be done" we are acknowledging that 'Thy will' manifests through the needs (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) of the people in our lives. If we want to know 'Thy will' we had better listen to others – to what they want and need, what they feel and aspire to.

    The Spiritual Journey is a process of transformation – which is exactly what death is, and what relationships are all about.

    In our yang dominated culture, control is king – "control your destiny," "get what you want," "achieve your goals." A lot of self help books, workshops and teachings use this yang approach to life. The techniques and goals of these approaches help strengthen a weak ego, but they do not transform the personality or one's life. And they are not part of the Spiritual Journey because they are ego-based and self-centered.

    Transformation of personality demands that the personality have a yin state and attitude. This is a receptive state based on trust, true belief and an open heart.

    The main area the ego wants to control is our psyche – the inner space where thought, feeling, choice and reaction occur. When we fail to achieve this inner control, we project it outwards and we try to control others. There is the unconscious thought that if only we could completely control our psyche, then not only would everything be as we want it, but we would be immortal – we would not have to die. Little does this ego know that immortality is assured when we let go of the attempt to control our ultimate destiny.

    What threatens you? What do you worry about?

    When we feel threatened we turn away from soul and become obsessed or egocentric. When we feel threatened, we let the survival instinct take over. When this happens, we cannot think because perceived or real threat shuts down the activity of the frontal lobe of the brain where we can think, reason and make choices. Loss of control for many is a common threat and a serious obstacle on the spiritual path.

    We need to become aware of when we are controlling. And we need to develop and rely on trust and faith in our soul intelligence, love and power. The Soul Journey helps us do just that.

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  3. spnadmin

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    Soul_jyot ji

    Has it ever occurred to some of us that fear of "death" is one reason why sustained meditation is so hard, and therefore movement to detachment is also hard. One gives up control and in a sense is facing death. Thanks for all your thoughtful articles.

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