Yesterday an interesting quote came into view through Facebook. It was: Sometimes you just have to erase the messages, delete the numbers and move on. You don't have to forget who that person was to you, but you just have to accept that they aren't the same person anymore.
Mulling that over in my mind led me to remember a chapter in my book, Journey of an Enlightened Egotist, still available on Amazon.com. I would like to share an excerpt from the chapter titled "Real or Plastic".
Many years ago my grandmother was examining the plastic dishes in my kitchen cupboard and commented, "You are old enough to use real dishes." I have remembered this experience all my life, but I should have paid more attention. She was really saying plastic was not good enough for me. Today some of my most treasured possessions are the cut glass dishes that I inherited from her.
Recently while doing some research on the subject of ego vs. soul I found an interesting analogy that again reminded me of this experience. The ego was referred to as a plastic flower and the soul as a real blooming flower capable of birth, death and rebirth.
My real center is my soul. It is my personal connection to my Creator and all things created. It makes me one with the universe and is the voice of the spirit within. Unlike the human ego, the soul is eternal. Because of its pure source it is impossible for the soul mind to project negative thoughts and emotions. Negativity in any form is always the product of the ego.
Allowing the ego to control my life caused my own misery. The ego commands, demands, promotes dependency, claims to know everything and seeks personal gratification. The soul mind informs, suggests, guides, encourages growth and recognizes a power higher than itself.
When I truly observed the wicked ways of the ego and began experiencing a soul centered life I laughed at the absurdity. Who in their right mind would consciously choose a life of misery over one of peace and love? We can only change what we can see.