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Seth Compares the Ego to the Nationalistic State of a Nation


In a manner of speaking, the ego can be compared to the nationalistic state of nations, necessary indeed for man’s development, but already growing passé, and perhaps even mitigating against the survival of the species, where once it aided it.

The worldwide view of man as a species, worldwide brotherhood, in no way endangers nations, but will represent one of the main hopes of mankind, without which no nations will endure.

In like manner, when the ego concept is discarded as a concept, as the concept of nationalism will be discarded, so the individual self will not lose but gain. When the old idea of nationalism is finally overthrown, man can be benefited, through learning of, and cooperation with, other men as brothers upon your planet.

The Early Sessions, Book 3, Session 142 pages 306 – 307

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  • Pete January 6, 2014, 11:37 AM

    Seth’s analogies always inspire me to ask questions that help me focus on what I want instead of what I don’t want. I find that if I don’t ask my whole self (All That Is?) questions (see: Ask Value Questions and Listen for Intuitive Answers), I keep thinking the same habitual thoughts and expressing the same behavior with little or no change. Here are a few questions that seem important to me. They’re not perfect but I hope they’re good enough to spark a discussion.

    Must I curse the darkness or can I light a candle? Must I reject my power and worth or can I accept it? Must I distrust myself or can I believe in myself? Must I suffer from my experience or can I learn from it? Must I live by value judgment (control from the outside, in) or can I live by value fulfillment and practice idealism (control from the inside, out)? Must I accept that I’m wholly separate and on my own, or can I accept that I’m both one with and separate from All That Is? Must I accept that I’m only a product of creation or can I accept that I’m both a product of creation and creation itself? Must I run from the fear of suffering and death or can I live for the love of Being and Creation? Must I measure success with money, power and privilege or can I measure it with love, truth and joy? What works and makes me happy?

    Can anyone think of more questions that might help us gain a greater sense of clarity, meaning and purpose in life?

  • Janet Glatz January 6, 2014, 2:59 PM

    Must I seek approval outside myself or can I find it within? Must I compare myself to others or relax into knowing that I am perfect the way I am?

  • Pete January 6, 2014, 3:31 PM

    Excellent questions, Janet!

    I received the following response on Facebook from a woman who said:

    “I think the last question is the one that works for me (What works and makes me happy?). Interestingly, the “Must I …” part of the question works better if we remove it and leave just the, “Can I Accept…” part in.”

    I responded back:

    I prefer to start with, Can I accept …, too but many of us are still thinking from outside the Sacred Circle and feel a need to ask permission from higher authority. I’m okay with that. Asking, Must I … first, puts us all inside the Sacred Circle, whether we realize it or not, and everyone’s sacred space is honored.

    Here’s a new question that came up while I was bathing:

    Must I believe in evil or can I believe that we’re all doing the best we can with what we know and when we understand more, we’ll do better?

    While we’re at it, here’s another zinger:

    Must I stand in judgment of myself and others or can I accept that unconditional love will heal all wounds? (See: Encounter with Unconditional Love)

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