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Originally posted by dominicus
I have seen the ego to be like a vast swarm of bee's. Each small tiny part is a different I, angry I, lustful I, needy I, happy I, seeking I, etc etc.
However, I have in direct experience seen that the ego is not me. That I am fundamentally prior to, observing during, and remain after the ego does its thing.
I have also seen, while closely watching others around me, that everyone suffers from these multiple I's. One day you claim a good mood, the next day you claim another mood, you make plans for Friday, but when Friday comes you dont feel like it anymore.
There are many philosophies and religions that claim there are various and multitudes of I's in us that need to be healed, seen for what they are, and let go of in order to be free.
I think when Jesus came across the fellow who said, "Our Name is Legion for we are many", it was actually the various swarm of ego/I's that live within the person, and to seek Christ, Enlightenment, Union with God, etc ...is to be free'd from this craziness.