Ego: A Masterfully Created Lie
Truth is an objective fact, whereas a lie is always something that has to be fabricated. A masterfully created lie is, however, very similar to the truth, so such a lie can be extremely dangerous.
Lies, taken as truth, will lull us into a false sense of security, into a dream. Once we have believed that we know the truth, we no longer look for it, and we will not long for it any more. The masters of fabricating lies exploit that very psychological reaction. Let us see who they are and why they keep producing their misleading lies relentlessly.
Day by day, we hear from the media, what a lot of lies there are in the world. Politicians lie to us, bankers, business people and our acquaintances do the same. Even we lie to others, when we find it necessary. Where and what are the roots of all those lies?
A thorough and detailed analysis will yield a surprising result: we will find that all those different lies have only one single root, and that is found in ourself. That is nothing but the separate little self, the Ego. The Ego is responsible for all the lies in the world, the Ego is the greatest master of fabricating lies.
The Ego itself is the product of a masterfully constructed lie, as it is in fact a non-existent thing, which is given a pseudo-existence under certain circumstances. The circumstances exert their influence on us through our parents and other people important for us. They are the people who created the Ego in us, when they told us in our childhood who we were and what are names were.
The lies, naturally, did not begin there, since we needed an Ego to survive and collect experience in the world. The lies began when our parents made us believe that we were identical with that Ego, we were nothing but a restricted, separate existence. That was the first lie, and the others were nicely added like new and new layers over the years. With the effective help of other people we fabricated a lie about the world, and another one about our own mission in it. Naturally, we were not aware that these were lies, as we took them as truth, and we honestly believed in them.
By believing in, and identifying with, our lies, we have invested so much energy into these lies over the years that even when someone attempts to question their truth, we are scared to death. We believe that we know what the world is like around us and how it works. We can clearly see that it does not work perfectly, and we believe that if we try really hard, we are able to change it, to improve it. With such thoughts we want to create a comfortable dream for us all. The dream is supposed to give us peace of mind, to convince us that we are appreciated by other people, and what we do is correct and desirable.
Lies are, however, only lies and they might give us peace of mind for a shorter or longer period, but in the end they will only bring us disappointment. That is exactly what reveals their real nature. We all must face reality one day. In order to postpone that moment, we rapidly replace our old and failed lies with new ones. We are doing that because we are afraid of the idea of giving up our existence as a separate self, we fear facing the unknown.
But now the time has come for us to abandon all lies, and jump head first into the unknown. Let us imagine for a moment that all toughts evaporate from our head, and we no longer have any concepts, ideas, etc. there. Our lies are wrapped in thoughts, and they carry the false stamp of truth. The loss of thoughts will scare us so badly because the dream world, giving us a false sense of security, will also disappear with them.
When we are able to break free from the spell of our thoughts, we are suprised to realize that our image that we created about ourself will also disappear with our thoughts. We are then unable to answer the question, ”Who are we?” If we find an answer somewhere inside us, we are still the captives of our thoughts, the thoughts have not entirely disappeared from our head yet. But once our self-image has evaporated, we may no longer think of ourselves as fathers or mothers, Catholics or Muslims, good or bad.
The disappearance of thoughts leaves a gateway open for us towards experiencing real truth. Together with the thoughts, the Ego, the self also disappears, and the truth of I am shines out bright. That is the true fact that we have dressed up into the rags of ”I am this or that” over the years. Since our environment has concentrated all their attention on that garment, we wanted to make it more and more sumptuous and beautiful. We were so successful in that work that finally we completely identified with that clothing, and the basic fact of existence sunk into oblivion for us.
In our days, however, the time has finally come to shed our garment of thoughts, and find our real Self in the naked truth of existence.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer. Frank is the author of the books “The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind “, “The Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment: How to Escape from the Prison of Mind Games?” and several books on consciousness. With a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence, Frank’s work is to help others wake up from identification with our personal history and the illusory world of the forms and shapes, and to find our identity in what he calls “the Miracle”, the mystery of the Consciousness.