the little self's search for the true self

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a short story about who we think we are, and who we really are

Submitted: March 26, 2017

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We are born, and as we grow up we learn we are the little self. This develops an ego. Many people live their lives like this. It's a very Newtonian, materialistic thinking.

 
When we die, the little self dies, and we discover, to our surprise, that the little self was an illusion. We were never that, but for some reason, a deception kept us trapped there.
 
Sometimes, during life, something happens. We experience then the higher self, but we view it from the little self. We think it is external. Really, it is us.
 
Sometimes, in life, the ego that protects the little self gets damaged. We immediately try to repair it, to restore the little self. This is not always possible. Sometimes, there is pain, madness. The pain is being caught in limbo between a destroyed little self, which never existed, and an intact higher self, which we don't know, we think is external, and we resist, because it threatens the little self.
 
The stronger the little self, the less likelihood of discovering the higher self.
 
The problem is, the world is a stage show of little selves, posturing, dancing and interacting, yet none of them are real. They identify who they are by the reflections from the nearby little selves. "You are a good worker", "You are mad", "You are beautiful". The sword of the ego comes out of it's scabbard if there is a negative remark. To make it worse, people lie, manipulate, wear masks. And none of them even know who they are.
 
There is a dance, that the little selves do. They like to blame another little self for something. It's possible that the blamed little self will lose his ego, and search, not knowing what he is looking for. But then, he may go mad.
 
Many years ago, one man found his true self. He was called Jesus. He tried to tell everyone who they really were, but some of the little selves did not understand. So they killed him. But in doing so, they killed themselves, because his higher self was the same as that inside them. They just couldn't see it, that's all.
 
Now, everyone has an innate fear of becoming the true self, or higher self. That's because we know, in our hearts, that people will want to kill anyone who becomes the truth.
 
But wait. This situation is crazy. If the truth were known, then none of the little selves would want to kill the higher self.
 
But what if two or more of them got together, in seclusion, and without fear, and became one with the higher selves? What if they realised that the old paradigm, that we are all separate little selves, was just a belief?
 
Unlike when we die, the two or more who do this act together would still have physical bodies. They would be able to see and love each other without masks. Would they not then be able to love everyone, and wish that they were free from the burden of being trapped in the little selves? And indeed, if those who succeed retain their bodies, would not the others see the truth? And find that seeing is believing? Would the whole knot of humanity unravel, and become one again, outside space and time? And wouldn't that man who we mistakenly killed 2000 years ago be welcomed back, along with all other souls who have ever lived?
 
What a beautiful dream. Except that the oneness that joins us all together, now, when we are alive, is not a dream. It is we who are dreaming, by thinking we are the little selves.


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