Insights

May 2024

I came across a passage in Deepak Chopra’s book, ‘Grow Younger, Live Longer,’
which could explain the recent phenomenon of our woke and cancel culture. On
page 217 he says, “The ego…is solely concerned with power, control and approval.
The ego is easily offended. Whatever arrogance or self-importance people may
project, if they are dominated by their ego, their underlying experience is one of
fear—fear of losing control…power…approval…”

And so we see so many people these days taking offence at the slightest of things,
cancelling others, refusing to discuss other points of view, etc. Is it because their
egos are in charge? Our Higher Selves are not concerned with petty issues and the
need for power and control over others. Isn’t it the aim of nearly all spiritual paths to
help us relinquish the ego and live our lives from a much higher level?

The world would be a much better place—more peaceful and happier—if we could
learn to rise above the ego, to tolerate different points of view and different lifestyles
and to be more forgiving towards each other. That is one reason I wrote the book,
Rise Above,’ published by Total Recall Press. The focus of the book was how to rise
above the ego, with the help of the teachings of A Course in Miracles.

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