Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

What is Bodily Ego?

  1. Your Bodily Ego is your body’s ego. It is the ego and sense of identity that your body’s brain develops as a consequence of its neurological functions.
  2. In neurology, the body’s ego is associated with what neurologists call the Default Mode Network.
  3. Think of your  bodily ego like the artificial intelligence (AI) that manages and drives an autonomous physical vehicle. The function of the bodily ego, like the function of the vehicle AI, is to protect the car from damage, and (of course) keep the passengers safe. Just like the AI in an autonomous vehicle is responsible for keeping itself and the passengers safe, the bodily ego’s prime directive is survival and the avoidance of all forms of pain.
  4. Under conditions of Normal Consciousness, the bodily ego “drives” the physical vehicle.
  5. Moving forward, keep in mind, when the body is threatened in any way, when it experiences emotional, psychological, physical, or spiritual threat and assult, the bodily ego directs all available energy and resources towards survival and the mitigation of  emotional, psychological, and physical pain.

What is Spiritual Ego?

  1. Your spiritual ego is your soul, your atman, your Highest Self, your true self, etc.
  2. Your spiritual ego exists eternally and is independent of the material world.
  3. Your spiritual ego is much bigger than your bodily ego. If you think of your bodily ego as  a candle flame and your spiritual ego as the sun, you’ll get an idea of the order of magnitude.
  4.  Toxic Socialization damages us and leaves us in Normal Consciousness. While in normal consciousness, your spiritual ego is disconnected from your bodily ego.
  5. The goal of Authentic Spirituality is to connect your spiritual ego to your bodily ego.
  6. When a connection occurs, your bodily ego begins to heal, mature, and expand. Eventually, with persistent and disciplined Connection Practice, your bodily ego expands, attains Permanent Connection, and completely merges with your spiritual ego. In Christianity, this is called “entering the Kingdom of Heaven” or the Kingdom of God. In Vedic spiritualities, this is union, the attainment of Nirvana.

Summary

Your psyche consists of two basic component, the Bodily Ego which orginates in the brain and CNS of your Physical Unit, and a Spiritual Ego which is exists independently of material reality. The goal of authentic spirituality is to connect your spiritual ego with your bodily ego and, through persistent and consistent Connection Practice connect and merge the two.

Advanced Readings

  1. Fight, Flight, or Follow
  2. The Science of Ascension
  3. I Am/We Are – a poem about the experience of connection and union.

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