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« Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #27 of 52: The Self Concept and the Self Image | Main | Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #29 of 52: The Meaning of Love »

April 03, 2006

Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #28 of 52: Unified Versus Separated Self

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- There are two types of selves, what Hinduism calls the Self (Brahman/Atman) and the separated self (ego, Ahankara); what I call the unified self and Christianity calls God versus the separated self, sinful man; Christ versus ego, God versus ego.

God is the whole self. Whole is contracted to holy, so God is the holy self, the unified self.

God is all selves as one self. God is one self that is simultaneously infinite selves. If you like, God is like a coin with two sides. One side is God, the whole, and the other side is the infinite selves of God. One God, one self manifests in infinites selves; one life manifests in infinite selves.

The one self, God is his infinite selves. The whole is its infinite parts.

Somehow, the parts of the whole, the children of God, the manifestations of God, come to see themselves as separated from God. Each of them thinks and acts as if he is different from God and from other children of God.

Of course, it is impossible for the part to separate from the whole; it is impossible for the children of God to separate from God.

In reality, we remain unified with God. In the meantime, we dream that we are separated from God and from each other.

Our current world is the dream, the illusion that we are separated from God and from each other.

Dream is not reality. In reality, we remain unified with God and with each other. In reality, there is no space and time between us and God and each other. There are no boundaries of matter separating us. We are in God and he is in us and we are in each other.

For our present purposes, God is the Self or unified self or Holy Self, whereas our separated selves, our egos are the other selves.

Suffice it to say that salvation requires that we give up the separated self, that we let go the ego and return to the awareness of the unified self.

In the Unified self there is God and there are the infinite children of God; there are the whole and infinite parts of the whole.

In union with God and each other we still have selves but selves that know themselves to be part of God and all selves and that separation is impossible. Our real self is joined to all selves and serves all selves and is therefore called the Christ, Atman, Buddha self, Krishna self, Chi self, call it what you like; in truth, it has no name, for God and his sons are one hence cannot be named, for only the separated and different can be named. God is nameless.

The Christ self is a self that knows of its eternal union with all selves and with God and loves them all.

In this world we believe that we are separated from God and from each other; we believe that we have separated selves, the ego self, aka the human personality and self concept.

The immediate goal of both secular and spiritual psychotherapy, aka religion, is to make the seeming separated self as loving as is possible. As Ramakrishna used to say: to make the ego of hate the ego of love. As Jesus said, to make the ego a forgiving and loving self.

Eventually, we shall learn that the ego is a dream figure and that it does not, in fact exist. We shall stop defending it, and in doing so experience our real self, the Christ, the unified Son of God, the Holy Son of God who is one with all his brothers and his father, God.

There are levels of self: unified self, aka God, the son of God aka Christ, the Holy Spirit, the son of God sleeping and dreaming that he is separated from his father and all his brothers, the ego.

The ego is our earthly self concept and self image, our earthly personality, the self housed in body and lives in space, time and matter, it is a false self.

The real self is the Christ self, who is one with God, hence is part of the Unified self. The Holy Spirit is that aspect of us that reminds us that we are unified and asks us to forgive one another, so as to awaken from the dream and resurrect to the awareness of our unified self.

Ozodi@africainstituteseattle.org

Posted by Administrator at April 3, 2006 11:50 PM

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