For most humans today, intelligence, even if it has been developing and evolving over millennia, still remains at the service of three primitive mechanisms:
In general, human beings consider other people, only in respect to whether they can be of help or of danger to their own survival (physical or psychological). This mechanism separates people from each other and generates a sort of “underlying egoism”, which, despite having been necessary for the process of evolution and for allowing the individual to build the important ego instrument, creates difficulties today, and leads to a suffering without end.
Fear is a mechanism that not only has to do with physical survival, but also with psychological survival (fear of not being loved, of losing one’s job, one’s kids, one’s partner, fear of the future, of failure, of loneliness, of the unknown…) in a word, everything which threatens that with which we identify ourselves, our ego, which we have gradually built with our memories, over time.
Fear stems from the state of “separateness” in which the majority of human beings find themselves in, because “the other” is always, a priori, a potential enemy.
The other mechanism is personal pleasure, which satisfies the human being for brief moments but finally leaves him as empty as he was to start out with, if not more. The worst aspect of this is is that the search for pleasure at this primitive level denies us the genuine experience of real pleasure, the one that profoundly fills the heart: the capacity to enjoy life fully is a part of our real self, but it is not accessible when our life revolves primarily around EGO mechanisms.
Defending one’s territory has evolved into the search for power: dominion, manipulation, competition and the search for profit at almost any cost.
These are the consequences:
- Fear generates stress, anxiety, aggression, an attitude of closed-mindedness towards other people, hate, anger, fanaticism, violence and a series of negative emotions that we all know really well.
- The egoistic search for pleasure generates a predatory attitude where we try to nurture ourselves energy-wise at the expense of other people. When we cannot possess others as the source of our nurturing, this gives rise to a whole series of negative emotions within relationships: jealousy, resentment, aggression, indifference, envy… and so on, without even realizing why we are swimming in the turbulent waters of our daily suffering.
- The egoistic search for power generates pride, violence, vanity, cruelty and manipulation. We try to have power over other people or else we cannot tolerate other people’s power over us, but in one way or another we create a condition of separation, of division.
For the EGO, separation is a question of survival: it has worked this way for millennia. Therefore we should not harbor too much resentment with respect to our EGOs and we should try instead to be understanding with ourselves; we have a millennia’s worth of old mechanisms to overcome, our lower circuit of consciousness is still too active and our perception of reality blurred even if it is good for us to know and be aware that this state of separateness generates so much suffering and negative emotions.
As long as we stay in our Egos we are burdened by our past and worried about our future, forgetting to experience the present so highly regarded by all spiritual traditions.
How do we overcome this limit that causes so much suffering? How can we rise above it?
It is possible to overcome this painful process in order to find another “way of functioning” that depends on a completely different principle: that of unity.
Here are two examples of paths that can liberate us from the suffering caused by the ego, they are available and work in synergy with each other:
1. The path of positive thinking
Physics teaches us about the law of “action = reaction”. This means simply that if I, for instance, put a weight of 10 kg against a wall and press up against it, that wall will put the same weight of 10 kg and press it back at me. Since everything is vibration/energy, even a thought is vibration/energy. The more potent our way of thinking is (action), the greater the possibility that our thoughts will take place (reaction). Joy and enthusiasm are, for example, charged with energy that produces corresponding positive results. Critical attitudes towards a person, on the other hand, stemming from fear mechanisms, or our ego’s desire for power or pleasure and not from constructive criticism, which stems from our souls, and is aimed at the other person’s overall good and wellbeing, will bounce back to us: this does not mean that the other person will necessarily be the one who criticizes us, it might come from other people, but what is sure is that there will be a consequence, a boomerang effect, where negative energy will return to us in some way or another, creating a negative climate around us that was in some way self-generated, or at least we contributed to its existence.
2. The path of energetic experiences
As I said earlier on, science tells us that most of our daily activities are governed by our subconscious mechanisms and elaborated very quickly (forty billion bits a second) while we are only conscious of a small percentage of our activities, with a much slower capacity of elaboration (two thousand bits a second). This is why not mental but energetic approaches such as, among others, laughter and smile therapies, in conjunction with some forms of meditation, visualization, respiration (breathing exercises), theatre techniques and music therapy are beginning to thrive, not only because their benefits can be scientifically confirmed, but also because of their immediate and powerful results.