Monday, November 7, 2016

by Gary Rosenberg

One of the highest teachings of Eastern Spirituality is the knowing that what we experience in the material world is an illusion. That is to say that our true essence is not attached to the material world as we see it, but part of a much grandeur consciousness and reality of which we are mostly blind in our world.  This True reality is full of Joy and Love.  Our material reality is often full of fear and pain.  The material world has been designed to help us experience what we are not and hopefully remember what we are which is Love.

One of the greatest challenges we have in transcending the material world is our ego.  Our ego is intricately connected to the material.  It attaches itself to material things, thoughts, pain, imagery and all things sensual.  By attachment I mean that the ego defines us by material wants, desires, degrees, position in life, possessions and our heroes.   It defines us by our fears, hope and wishes.   Our ego offers us a false sense of empowerment deluding us into thinking that we know when we do not know, that we are free when we are not free and that we have power when in fact we have given up our power to our attachments.  For more on a discussion of the ego read Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth.

The imagery ever present in our world through technologies such as large wide screen TVs, the Internet, online Apps, Facebook,  the constant push of information and ever present marketing of things offers the ego unlimited opportunity for attachment.  This new world environment makes the self-realization process for the discovery of our true Self that much more challenging for many people.

For politicians this world of imagery and illusion is the perfect medium for attracting masses of unaware people with lies, half-baked solutions, misinformation, illogic and false hope amassing an electorate guided by ego rather than Truth towards yet another misbegotten reality.  The outcome of this process will yet again be the status quo – a world of the spiritually primitive totally unaware of their creative power to truly change things.

The Donald Trump phenomenon is not a surprise and should have been expected in a world run on ego.  The media loves Donald Trump because he continues to make them a lot of money.  Let’s not forget that the media helped create Donald Trump.

Donald Trump understands well how ego works as he says, “I play to people’s fantasies.”  “People want to believe that something is the biggest and greatest and the most spectacular.  I call it truthful hyperbole.”  “Truthful hyperbole” is where politics has evolved.  Donald Trump is the consummate egoistic politician playing to an egoistic populace.  For the electorate who are unaware, the imagery of Donald Trump is too enticing.

As I’ve said before, I am not being judgmental only observing.  If you want to understand what is going on in American politics today you need to understand ego and its attraction to all things material, its ability to delude us in thinking illusion is reality and its power to disrupt whole societies. 

Whether Donald Trump becomes President depends on how the battle of egos plays out.  And this battle is not only among the candidates, but the electorate, media, financial backers, foreign governments, corporations and of course those who rule the world.

Know you are powerful, know you are Love.

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