Thursday, 8 August 2019
Ego, Intuition and Desire
Written by Mathew Naismith
The ego is exceptionally versatile and adaptable, with the ability to be conditioned to just about any circumstance or environment. I suppose this is why humans are able to adapt to various environments, as depicted in human history. Ego is simply a conscious aware of one's own existence or being or even importance. One example of this is being aware of our own importance to our children, each other or society as a whole, of course egotism, which is an exaggerated opinion of our own personal importance, is something else.
As often depicted in human history, the ego can be conditioned to numerous environments, including environments such as spiritual/religious, material, conflictive, harmonious, loving, hateful, and so on. The ego can also be conditioned to an environment of intuition or desire. As the ego can't be conditioned to conflict and harmony, love and hate, simultaneously, the ego can either be conditioned to be more intuitive or desiring. It is interesting why the ego can't be conditioned to an environment of intuition and desire simultaneously.
Often intuition is thought to be a feeling we get that something is presumed to be the case, an assumption purely based on feelings. When you actually condition your ego to become less desiring therefore more intuitive, intuitiveness takes on a different meaning. Intuitiveness is no longer just a feeling but an awareness. The less desiring we become, the more aware we become.
Desire is more to do with an ego conditioned to egotism. Yes, as we can condition our egos to desire, we can condition our egos to an environment of egotism. Actually, both desire and egotism go hand in hand, one not being able to exist without the other. To become egotistical takes desire as to desire takes egotism. Even if we desire to help human kind, the desire of even being seen to help creates egotism, an exaggerated importance. How many people today desire to be seen helping human consciousness?
Intuition on the other hand has nothing to do with desire. Try truly becoming aware without the things we don't desire to become aware of or feel. Intuition has no preference or desire; this means anything from hate to love, conflict to harmony, negative to positive, and so on, the ego can intuitively become aware of. In other words the honest truth is presented to the ego through intuition, not a desired truth, a dishonest truth. What ego conditioned to desire wishes to become truly aware or intuitive? It can't occur because our desires take control of the ego, conditioning the ego to desires rather than intuition.
If I endangered my own life to help others and was called a hero, I would tell these people where to go. My own ego would detest being called a hero, now, how many people would do this? An ego conditioned to desire will always react differently to an ego conditioned to intuition. Intuition, an awareness of my own ego, instinctively tells me that I wouldn't like be called a hero, even before becoming a hero. Of course an ego conditioned to desire would relish in being called a hero.
When I lived in the bush/forest as a younger person, I had a feeling when I was going to come across a snake, every time without exception. As we did as children, we walked around the bush in our bare feet so this intuition was highly beneficial for my well being. My intuition didn't tell me where the snake was going to be, only that I was going to come a cross a snake that day. If I expressed less desire, would have my feelings become more of an awareness? An awareness, as opposed to just a feeling, would have also told me where I was going to come a cross a snake in the bush.
You can desire one moment and become intuitive in the next moment, remembering that the more we desire, the less intuitive we become. When we desire, this is often in the absence of intuition and visa-versa. We will often only perceive through desire what we will experience, not what we will actually experience.
The following doesn't totally endorse what I have stated here but they are an interesting read, in my mind anyway.