Little Deaths of Self
The mystical and shamanic paths are sprinkled with what has been called ‘Little Deaths’.
We experience ‘Little Deaths’ each time we confront and move through a great learning experience.
These ‘Little Deaths’ are deliberate choices to get rid of negative (bad) parts of our self. The self or ego is not necessarily evil; it is the personal individual expression of consciousness “in the space where you are”. It is how you choose to develop the self or ego that makes all the difference; your intention.
Quote from Hamlet: There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare
If you only think of yourself as separate and alone it can be very limiting in living your life.
If you think of yourself as connected to everything it can open you up to all possibilities.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela
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Now that you have built up your courage; time to get to work:
Mat 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, he must deny [or, disown] himself and take up his cross and be following Me.
Deny: from Greek – to deny utterly, that is, disown, abstain
Student: Sir, if one gave up the I (self), nothing whatsoever would remain.
Ramakrishna: I am not asking you to give up all of the I. you should give up only the “unripe I.” The “unripe I” makes one feel: “I am the doer. These are my wife and children. I am a teacher.”
Renounce this “unripe I” and keep the “ripe I” which will make you feel that you are God’s servant, His devotee, and that God is the doer and you are His instrument. Sri Ramakrishna
Things that are done just for the I (self) need to give way to things done for WE.
Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Fear: from Greek phobos fearing, fear, flight. This is the root of the English word phobia.
Matthew 7:1-2 `Judge not, that ye may not be judged, for in what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, and in what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you.
Luke 6:37 “And stop judging, and by no means shall you* be judged. Stop condemning, and by no means shall you* be condemned. Be forgiving, and you* will be forgiven.
Judge: from Greek – Properly to distinguish, that is, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication to try, condemn, punish: – avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For, if you* forgive the people their transgressions, your Father, the [One] in the heavens, will also forgive you,* but if you* do not forgive the people their transgressions, neither will your* Father forgive your* transgressions.
Forgive: from Greek – to send forth, in various applications: – cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let (alone, be, go, have), omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up.
Matthew 5:3 “Happy [or, Blessed] [are] the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
heavens – Greek(through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): – air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.
Luke 17:20-21 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God is coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; neither will they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ For listen! The kingdom of God is within [or, among] you*.”
The kingdom of the heavens or the kingdom of God is within [or, among] you*.
Your Father, the [One] in the heavens is within [or, among] you*. Your Father, the [One] is a presence that resides within you. This presence seeks to give you the inner desires of your heart. You were made as a creation machine; for good or bad, you choose.
Matthew 6:21 for where your* treasure is, there will your* heart [fig., inner desire] be also.