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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Who's Right?


‘Sometimes the ‘fault’ you perceive in another isn’t even there. It is a total misinterpretation, a projection by a mind conditioned to see enemies and to make itself right or superior.’

Eckhart Tolle

As we continue through chapter 3 Tolle gives us simple definitions that enable us to recognize when we are reacting to the ego in ourselves or to the ego of others. Sometimes we unconsciously choose to engage in a battle of the egos, but we can easily become aware of this choice.

I imagine we have all had times when we take it upon ourselves to judge another person and insist they are wrong and we are right. This is the working of the ego. There are many spiritual teachers that will endorse the idea that what we see is also in us.

This may be a confusing concept at first as there will be a denial that we could possibly be anything like the person we are judging, but inevitably it is a fact. The feeling that the other person has that they are right is as strong as the feeling that you have that you are right. This causes resistance between the 2 people or ideas and the ego steps in to ensure that it proves itself right as it seeks its momentary sense of satisfaction.

The truth is that the truth doesn’t need to be defended. If you are truly in the present state of ‘I Am’ this is easily realized. The truth doesn’t need to be proven to be right, because it is already the truth.

There are many problems that arise when people become insistent on proving themselves to be right. You may even consider this paragraph to be contradictory in claiming to know what the truth needs, however if you choose not to react from your egoic self you will not feel compelled to push your ideas into the conversation and discredit these statements, but rather hear what I am saying and choose to have an exchange of ideas rather than an argument about who does and doesn’t have the better idea.

In choosing to react from our true self instead of our egoic self we can open up a dialogue and start to truly learn from each other. There will be no prejudice about who is right and wrong but a fundamental understanding of the process that each of us use to bring ourselves to a place of peace or communion with our higher selves.
As we decide to deflate our own egos there becomes a space for connection with each other, and the collective consciousness. We choose to bypass the ego and reconnect, denying the illusion of separateness.

When you come across this situation again, listen to what is causing the resistance. Are you defending something? Become aware... that’s all it takes, and the world around you will begin to change as you continue to recognize egoic reactions.

That’s when the fun really begins!

Happy Manifesting!

Julieanne

6 comments:

Lydia said...

Good morning Julieanne. Truer words could not be spoken. And again, a beautiful summary by you. If I might add, when we see a thing in someone else, it also means that there is the lack of a thing in us. For example, if we see cheerfulness in those around us, then it might mean that we would want to also be in that state.

As you said, it sounds very complicated, but if we just stop to see things as they are, it does become much simpler to see and understand.

have a great day!
:)
lydia

Julieanne said...

Hi Lydia

I could sit and chat to you for hours about these things :)

I definitely agree with you.It is interesting to me that days when I am low energy I seem to run into people that are also low energy and when I am high energy I don't see them.

It is amazing when we become aware of these things and choose to look at each interaction from a different perspective. There are never any meaningless meetings :)

Speak soon!

Julieanne

Lydia said...

Hi Julieanne! The kettle is on, I would LOVE to chat with you. Maybe when you move to Canada I will come and visit or, of course you are ALWAYS welcome to visit me here in the the NE part of the US.I'm trying to learn to like tea. :)

lydia

Small Footprints said...

Wow! Thank you for this post. I never thought about the truth in that way. You're right ... the truth is the truth and whenever we feel a need to defend it ... that's our egos "talking". I'm going to try to remember this in all discussions. Thank you!

Small Footprints
http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

Julieanne said...

Hi Lydia

I know what you mean about the trying to like tea thing... I moved to England remember :) I do love Chai and Green Tea though. I'll be over soon ;)

Julieanne

Julieanne said...

Hi Small Footprints

That's a great compliment, Thank you! I am really happy that this resonated with you. It is a simple idea but can really make a difference when we come across different ideas.

Speak soon!

Julieanne

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