Originally posted by Skyfloating
Of course identifying with an "I" (Ego) is a block to shapeshifting. If there is something you define as "I", such as your body, profession, looks
etc. you are hardly going to have an easy time identifying with something else such as a tree or another identity. And it is (imo) in this sense that
the "Ego" limits ones abilities to shapeshift.
Exactly - BUT ego IS self - we must be selves within the greater whole which is ONE. Two familiar symbols of this concept are:
E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one)
The body of Christ (we are all members of one body - the soul of life)
Without identity, there is no individuality and without individuality there essentially is no true sentient life because thoughts ARE things...and our
various thoughts, talents, memories, and experiences are each supremely and equally important for the purpose of making the multi-faceted jewel of
humanity SHINE and SPARKLE brighter than the sun!
And so, as you say - the common idea of losing one's ego altogether is no better than being ruled by it. It must simply be in its proper place! A
place for everything and everything in it's place. Good orderly direction. GOD-liness. Cleanliness is NOT next to godliness, orderliness is!
What is that saying? Don't forget you are special and unique - just like everyone else!
But that is true - it is possible to remain special
but not exert egoistic desires upon your environment. It is only when we seek the greater good that we can truly impact our world positively. When
we think of what WE want or what we THINK we need (for, in truth, we have all we need, within)
then the world is affected with negative
That vacuum void of self must not suck the vitality - hopes, desires, dreams, potential - from the life around us. That is the root cause of the
troubles in the modern world around us. But this is in the process of change, inexorable and inevitable change.
A shaman is a living interface between the tangible and the intangible worlds. His tools for 'magic' are symbols and their meanings in the culture
and mind of his people - this has always been a localized community idea but even shamanism is entering a new age - leading into the new age,
actually! The new shaman is an expert on the symbols of human culture, down through history and throughout the world.
This is the magic of peace and prosperity which is being conjured up even as I type this. It is gaining in momentum and power as more and more souls
awaken to their potential day after day. By awakening to the light within and letting it shine unimpaired by ego's selfish cloud, the world's
current dominating forces of greed and personal profit will continue to dissipate until the light of the human spirit will merge with divine
illumination and the world will lose it's damaging darkness.
Natural darkness is essential - but darkness from 'spiritual pollution' is more deadly than smog!
And so the idea of ego is not that we must lose it but that we must master self. With the greater heart which is the Buddha heart - the greater mind
which is the mind of Christ - the eternal life which is the never-ending cycle of nature!
The promise is sealed in the vision of the rainbow crystal. This planet is that crystal.