This is the essence of human life:
Urges rise up from within us, and these urges are of three types:
–NEEDS: impulses of the outer being (the body) to survive, reproduce, and perpetuate the body (breathing, eating, sex, sleep, etc.)
–DESIRES: expressions of the inner being (the True Self) to bring forth one’s true, deepest nature or character (which is always “positive”)
–GREEDS: destructive inflations by the ego (the false self) of either legitimate NEEDS or genuine DESIRES
NEEDS and DESIRES are natural, normal, and necessary urges that guide correct and proper function in human life.
GREEDS are natural urges inflated by the false self–like cancers. In time, this egoic inflation itself becomes GREED’s urge.
This is the realm of cravings, addictions, attachments, obsessions, and Narcissism…and the dysfunctional human behavior that results from them.
The True Self has these two aspects:
–HEAD, or Reasoning-sense: thoughts, ideas, images, concepts, etc.
–HEART, or Feeling-sense: feelings, impressions, hunches, etc.
HEAD is connected to the deeper SPIRIT, and HEART is connected to the deeper SOUL.
The True Self is like an axle with two wheels, HEAD and HEART, which properly function in balance together. The human Male-Female relationship dynamic reflects these inner “wheels”.
The ego/false self is composed of these two corruptions of the True Self:
–false or incorrect BELIEFS about life, reality, self, and others
–unexpressed negative EMOTIONAL PAIN “left over” from past harmful experiences
BELIEFS are corruptions of the HEAD. EMOTIONAL PAIN is corruption of the HEART.
The ego/false self is like a collection of ropes–each one made with strands of BELIEFS that are cemented together by EMOTIONAL PAIN. (These “ropes” are all attached to FEAR.)
BELIEFS hold error in place and error holds EMOTIONAL PAIN in place.
The presence of the ego/false self blocks inner guidance from the True Self…and produces ERROR and NEGATIVITY in outer relationships.
The goal and purpose of human life is to realize (become!) one’s True Self. This is done by reducing one’s own error and negativity.
To reduce ERROR, incorrect BELIEFS must be removed.
To reduce NEGATIVITY, unexpressed EMOTIONAL PAIN must be released.
This process reduces the size and power of the ego/false self, which is the source of inner GREEDS–and, therefore, also reduces the outer dysfunctions of ERROR and NEGATIVITY, which perpetuate the ego/false self in others.
Everything in human life is part of the process of reaching the goal.
(Written on August 21, 2012 and freshly edited on December 26, 2016)