In the movie, “The Matrix,” Morpheus says to Neo, “You are living in a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch; a prison for your mind.” Just after college, I worked at a psychiatric hospital where I observed and recorded the behavior of schizophrenic patients. It became obvious immediately that their minds served as their own prisons.
The schizophrenic patients displayed abnormal behaviors such as: incongruent speech, delusional talking, pacing, posturing, blank staring, talking to self, and repetitive movements. But there are plenty of people who society deems as “mentally healthy” who are to varying degrees, also locked in their prison minds. They may not do a lot of pacing or blank staring but they do frequently resort to emotional and physical violence to defend their own opinions. If other people have opposing opinions, they are immediately declared as “the enemy.” Stirring up conflict, debate, drama, and emotional violence is what they live for. Now, I ask you, which is the worse form of insanity?
Ultimately, the purpose for us all being here on Earth at this time is to evolve in to conscious beings. Once you can recognize your ego, you will start to realize that it alone is responsible for all the drama, conflict, abuse, and chaos that has been a part of your life. Consciously recognizing your ego in action and the dysfunction of it is the key to self transcendence. A Spiritual Life Coach can help you to move beyond your egoic mind so that you can begin to understand who you are on your highest level, and from there you’ll find that there is no suffering.
Moving toward non-suffering means fully realizing your higher Self. This is the meaning of becoming “Self Realized.” Unconscious infliction of emotional or physical violence onto others will inevitably bring suffering to both the victim and the perpetrator. The perpetrator of the violence will eventually, in some way, come to reap what he or she has sown. This is known as karma. This suffering eventually leads to humility in all action. From a place of humility you naturally become still and present. You start respecting and honoring the present moment. Then the universe can manifest the synchronicity that would have been there all along if you had only been open to it. Humility also allows you to appreciate the beauty and wonder in everything, including your so-called “imperfections.”
You don’t have to wait until you return to your home in heaven to be in heaven. And you don’t have to wait until the rapture to ascend or become One with your higher Self. All you have to do is refrain from identifying with your ego. See its pain-body as an exit sign for releasing your imprisoned Self. If you have a heavy pain-body, you will suffer until you awaken. From suffering, comes consciousness. Reflecting on the pain-body that I bore for over thirty-five years, I am grateful now for the wisdom that it has unveiled. As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” It wasn’t until I was able to face my pain for what it was; recognize it, accept it, and live with it consciously, that I was able to finally move past it and let it all go. Ignoring the pain or attempting to escape it only empowers it.
The ego inevitably leads to suffering because intrinsically it is a false self. The wounded ego from childhood trauma creates an “unknown face” that Carl Jung called the shadow. Then we project all of this repressed trauma onto others in the forms of judgment, condemnation, blame, intolerance, and derision. The reason we suffer is so that we can fully experience the dark side of our nature which is the impetus for the soul’s return movement back to Spirit. After we’ve experienced our dark side, we can then finally move past the ego and evolve. Therefore, evolution is the ultimate reason behind all suffering. Suffering is never at random or in vain. To the contrary, all forms of suffering have their origins at some point in the collective. All suffering is part of a higher effort to bring us all home–to awaken us to our eternal Self.
Personal Life Coach, Jason Lincoln Jeffers is the founder of The Art of Transformation, a company devoted to teaching Spiritual Enlightenment to the masses. His Personal Life Coaching program uniquely synthesizes spiritual wisdom with self transcendence, holistic wellness coaching, predictive astro-analysis, pain-body counseling, heart-brain manifestation, and relationship coaching.