I love music. I have a huge, eclectic collection of all kinds of music. Classic rock is my favorite, but I also love techno, hip hop, funk, the blues, classical, jazz, pretty much everything. Except country. Sorry, all of you country music lovers, but I can’t listen to music that celebrates misery and violence, guns, alcohol, and religion. It’s just so negative. I was listening to “Shots”, by Imagine Dragons yesterday, and the lyrics really grabbed me. They reminded me of the fallout that occurs when we react from our Ego construct, rather than listening to the heart. Feeling slighted, or playing the victim serves no one.
** Note: I am NOT referring to victims of battering, sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, or assaults of any kind. Racism, discrimination, and emotional abuse have nothing to do with the Ego construct. They are direct attacks upon the Soul. The pain and trauma of those types of injuries must be addressed as swiftly as possible, with compassion and kindness. **
The Ego construct and the analytical mind feed each other. When an individual allows either one to rule, to make decisions or choices, the outcome is usually disastrous. We each have an Ego construct. It came with the body we received when we incarnated. Kind of like a matched set of Samsonite luggage. It creates the illusion of separation from Source, giving us the sense of Individuation necessary to fulfill our Karmic contractual obligations. It’s necessary, yes. But it can also be an enormous pain in the ass when it comes to achieving closeness and intimacy in relationships. That part of the lyric: “From the second that I was born it seems I had a loaded gun. And then I shot, shot, shot a hole through everything I loved. Oh, I shot, shot, shot a hole through every single thing that I loved.” Wow. That sums up the analytical mind and Ego construct reacting to circumstances perfectly.
Spiritual cultivation is about redemption. It is about reclaiming dominion over the Ego construct and the analytical mind. It breaks us out of old patterns of self-sabotage and self-destructive behaviors. Indulging the analytical mind and defending the Ego construct is a type of narcissism, which I consider to be the plague of this century. There is no joy in living from a defended Ego construct. No true intimacy. What you end up with is a life riddled with bullet holes, loneliness, and Karma. The choice is clear. Walk a path of Ego, or walk a path of Heart. You can’t do both. Try to avoid relationships with people walking the Ego path, because they are like snipers in the bushes. Sooner or later, you’re going to get shot. And that just sucks. We’ve all been there. No more. Blessings, Judith