Ego and Spirit – by Maia Dalma


Do any of you ever imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Isn't this what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more? Each of you are teachers in your own rights. Each of you has that in you. This is not entertainment for any of you. The real question all of you pose in these posts is "what kind of mind" is needed to transform the nature of your world?

One source of perceived discouragement common among humanity, and from which each of you have frequently suffered is your individual beliefs that all of 'this' takes time, an enormous amount of time, and that the results of what you have learned are so far, so distant in the future. This is not so. Creation is not bound by time. The waste of that time seems to bring with it the illusion of death and destruction in your world. If time and space are, in fact connected, then the Voice you are listening to in your hearts must be one of Spirit, and not the voice of your ego.

Your 'egos,' just like your 'Spirits,' must use time to convince you of the inevitability of your goals and the end of your 'lessons.' To the world...and to your ego, the goal for you is death, which is its end. But to your Spirit the goal is life, which has no end. Our egos are an ally of time, and being so they are also the ally of space, but your egos are not your 'friend.' Your ego is as mistrustful of your death as it is of your life, and what it wants for you it cannot tolerate. Your egos want you dead, but not itself. The outcome of your ego's strange religion must therefore be the conviction that it can pursue you beyond the grave. And out of its unwillingness for you to find peace even in death, it offers all of you immortality in hell. It speaks to each of you of Heaven, but assures you that Heaven is not for you. How can the guilty ever hope for Heaven? Is there any shred of recognition in this?

Your belief in hell is inescapable at times, it usually is to those who identify with their ego. But each of you are more than an ego. You are Spirit, too. Your nightmares and their fears are all associated with the world your ego believes it created. The ego teaches you that hell is in the future, for this is what all its teaching is directed to. Hell is its goal. For although your ego aims at death and dissolution as an end, it does not believe in it. It wants you to believe in it. The goal of death, which it craves for you, leaves it unsatisfied. No one of you who follows the ego's teaching is without the fear of death. Yet if death were thought merely as an end to pain, would it be feared?

We have seen this strange paradox in the ego's thought system before, in many other places, and many other times, but never so clearly as here on this planet. In this now. For here your ego must seem to keep fear from you to hold your allegiance. Yet it must engender fear in order to maintain itself in you. Again the ego tries, and all too frequently succeeds, in doing both, by using dissociation in your world for holding its contradictory aims together so that they seem to be reconciled in you.

The ego teaches thus: Death is the end as far as hope of Heaven goes. Yet because you and the ego cannot be separated, and because it cannot conceive of its own death, it will pursue you still, because guilt is supposedly eternal.

Such is your ego's version of immortality, and it is this your ego's version of time it supports. Your ego teaches you that Heaven is here and now because your future is hell. Even when it attacks so savagely that it attempts to take the life of someone who thinks his ego is the only voice, it speaks of hell even to him. For it tells him hell is here as well, and bids him leap from hell into oblivion. It succeeds in this the most, in them who love the deepest. The only 'time' our ego allows us to look upon with equanimity is the past. And even there, its only value to is that the past is no more. How bleak... And how terrifying! For underneath its fanatical insistence that the past and future be the same is hidden a far more insidious threat to your peace. Your ego will not advertise its final threat, for it would have its worshippers still believe that it can offer them escape. But your belief in guilt must lead to the belief in hell, and always does. The only way in which your ego allows the fear of hell to be experienced is to bring hell here, but always as a foretaste of your future. For no one who considers himself as deserving of hell can believe that punishment will end in peace.

There is no hell, our gentle brothers and sisters. Hell is only what your egos have made of your present. The belief in hell is what prevents all of you from understanding the present, because you are all afraid of it. Do not be afraid. Your Spirit leads as steadily to Heaven as your ego drives to hell. Your 'Spirit' is the only timeless element in your existence. This is what makes us 'same.' Everything else in this world but has the stink of death on it the moment it is created. There is no escape to be had from fear in human ego's use of time. For time, according to its teaching, is nothing but a teaching device for compounding guilt until it becomes all-encompassing, demanding vengeance from each of you forever.

Your Spirit can undo all of this now. Fear is not of the present, but only of the past and future, which do not really exist in eternity. For eternity is without time. There is no fear in the present when each instant stands clear and separated from the past, without its insane shadow reaching out into each of your futures. Each instant is a clean, untarnished birth, in which our Spirits emerge from the past into the present. And the eternal present of our Spirit extends forever. This is the universe we know.

It is beautiful. It is clean... So completely free of guilt that nothing but happiness is there. No darkness is remembered, and immortality and joy are now.


-Maia Dalma

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