The ego’s job is to kill everything but itself

 

The ego’s job is to kill everything but itself.
Byron Katie

Love will kill anything that’s not like itself.
Byron Katie (37:20)

The ego’s job is to kill everything but itself. What’s the ego? It’s what happens when a thought is taken as true, the dynamics around a belief. It’s what shows up from question #3 in The Work. When a story is taken as true, only what fits the story is allowed so the mind “kills” everything else. It (temporarily) kills reality.

Nobody likes me. When that thought is taken as true, the mind has to filter out – ignore, interpret – whatever doesn’t fit. It’s the job of the mind to make it appear true. So the reality that many people do like me is killed, as is the reality that everyone does on the other sides of their beliefs (which I know from myself). Anything that doesn’t fit the belief is killed in the mind’s world, which is its whole whole.

Love will kill anything that’s not like itself. Love kills – penetrates, exposes – anything that’s false and unkind, any thought taken as true. Nobody likes me. Is it true? When I take it as meditation, I see it’s not true.  I feel it. I find real and genuine examples where it’s not true. Taking inquiry as meditation is love, and what’s not like love is seen – in a simple and real way – as false.

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  • the ego’s job is to kill everything but itself
  • ego = what happens when a thought is taken as true, the dynamics around a belief
  • only what fits the story is allowed, so “kills” everything else – reality
  • love will kill anything that’s not like itself
  • anything that is unkind, any thought taken as true

 

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