Inner peace arises when we learn to let go of our inner burdens. Our minds tend to hold onto things, to thoughts, to possessions, to people we love, and to the people and things we hate. Use these simple and powerful affirmations, to extend love and peace into your life. You can chant these affirmations any time of the day, during: yoga, meditation, walking, or in simple contemplation.
So many people spend a majority of their existence being consumed by worry. They spend their days continually under the pressure of fret caused by the ego, which makes nervousness, anxiety, and stress a way of life. Like anger and hatred, the root source of worry is fear. So what are we and, more importantly, the ego afraid of? The simple answer is death. But that is not the only question one should ask. Also, what forms of death does the ego fear the most? The most obvious is the loss of life, or one’s physical death. Second, there is the death, or end, of a relationship that may leave one all alone. Third, there is financial death, or ruin, leading to economic devastation that could plummet one into poverty.
Frequently, we worry about making the right decision. What is the correct option? Should I stay in a dissatisfying relationship that makes me unhappy? But I don’t want to be alone. Should I leave and give myself the opportunity to find happiness? But then, will I be lonely? Should I leave the job that is presently unfulfilling but gives me security? Should I take the new job? I will be happier, and it has better benefits. But what if that job doesn’t work out, and I get fired? For many, it is easier to remain in a state of unhappiness rather than reach outside of their comfort zone to face the unknown. For them, the problem lies in the fact that the state of unhappiness becomes the safe and familiar way of existence. Yes, they want to be happy. But their fear of the unknown is greater than their desire for happiness. Some can even get so tangled up in worry and fear that even the simplest decision can become overwhelming and troublesome. The needed self-confidence and courage is lacking because of a diminished or loss of unconditional love for one’s self.
Our old nemesis, the ego, is the one who carries and projects these fears upon us. Since the ego’s only desire is power and control, the idea that seeking the unknown could uplift one terrifies the ego. Seeking the unknown requires some level of a leap of faith. We know the ego is incapable of emotions, such as love and faith, as we are. That is why death, in all of its forms, scares the ego so greatly. When our body dies, we return to our true home, and the body ceases to exist. When there is a death or the end of a relationship, the ego doesn’t possess the unconditional love of self that we receive from our guides and God. While the ego is scared to be alone, we are never truly alone. The ego cannot imagine financial death or failure because it lacks the faith that is bestowed upon us from the Divine. It can’t recognize the universal truth: with faith and a connection to the Divine, we will never truly fall.
The Journey of Truth:
Chronicles of a Peaceful Warrior
by Tony R. Zonca
If your world, our world seems turned upside down; if the life you knew, we all knew feels like a distant memory, then have faith and rest assured—there is a reason and a point to it all. Times of great change first create great upheaval. Life on this planet is undergoing a spiritual course direction. A kinder, fully inclusive, loving path for all of our brothers and sisters is to come. This is the Divine’s desire, Jesus’ desire, and my desire. I am calling out for millions of peaceful warriors to join me in my quest. The next age of a New Age has begun, and there is a Spiritual Renaissance to come!
Tony R. offers SOUL-utions to lovingly support you in your journey. The goal, the mission is to empower all on their pathway to enlightenment, to living in the light of God, and becoming a peaceful warrior. He is here for you, to extend a helping hand, to empower all to find the peace, joy and love that God wishes for you. Join me, join Him, and discover your higher purpose, your Divine purpose. Together we can make the world a better place.
The simple truth is—the ego is the devil. The ego is the darkness in our life and in the world. The ego will take us over. It is worth repeating, verifying, it is that important. Biblically, the ego is the devil. When left unchecked, the ego will run wild. Its goal is to become stronger than you are. It wants to prevent us from being spiritually connected. The ego’s greatest fear, is not to be in control, therefor becoming irrelevant—death to the ego. Thus it will do everything in its power to remain in the forefront. To be the dominant voice. Its desire is to direct us, for it fears the alternative, which is to be directed by the Divine within you. Your God force. The ego is the counter point to the higher self.
The Bible says that the devil (in the form of a serpent) entered the garden to tempt Eve. He convinced Eve to question God’s word. The devil lied, telling her that God didn’t want Eve to
become enlightened if she ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. This is the devil’s temptation to us today—that he or she, all of us, don’t need God.
The devil was cunning. Eve subdued to the temptation and took the fruit from the forbidden tree. As it was delicious she shared it with Adam. Adam in turn ate from the fruit. At that moment their lives, and that of all humanity would forever be changed.
The Bible offers us timeless spiritual knowledge. However, we are no longer the harsh and barbaric people who lived in the times of the Old Testament. Their truths now require a new and enlightened perspective. The story of Adam and Eve is an excellent narrative to explain the power and craftiness of the ego. In every instance, when replacing the words Satan and devil with the word ego, the narrative becomes logical, sensible and most important poignant. Now review the same passage with this simple adjustment.
The ego entered the garden to tempt Eve. It convinced Eve to question God’s word. The ego lied, telling her that God didn’t want Eve to become enlightened, if she ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. This is the ego’s temptation to us today; that it and we do not need God.
The ego was cunning. Eve subdued to the ego’s temptation and took the fruit from the forbidden tree. As it was delicious she shared it with Adam. Adam in turn ate from the fruit. At that moment their lives, and that of all humanity would forever be changed. Their innocence was lost . . . the ego truly is the devil.
The foundation of the Buddha’s teachings lies in compassion,
and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out
the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy . . .
— Dalai Lama
In time, you may even develop a feeling of empathy for the ego. It can’t help itself. It is, at its root, insecure and scared of not being needed or relevant. It may be easier to look at it from the viewpoint of putting the ego in check, helping it to learn that its existence is merely as a silent partner. It will in time learn its role as the silent protector of your physical well-being, providing a limited role in keeping you safe. And that is where the line must be drawn. There is no influence in tending to your emotional well-being. For that is where it will look to blossom and overstep its’ bounds, allowing it to become content in its greatly diminished role. Once in check, you must be forever vigilant to keep it from having a voice, not permitting any influence on your day-to-day actions and interactions with everyone around you. For if you give the devil an inch—it will take a mile.
The Journey of Truth:
Chronicles of a Peaceful Warrior
by Tony R. Zonca