The theme of the walk was ego. Ego is a term used to define a sense of self. It has been studied since its creation in the field of psychology and psychiatry by noted psychotherapists such as Freud, lung, Adler ~ and others who used the Freudian model of humankind. Most people equate ego with self. Ego is a relative term. There are many cultures that did not develop any notion of a single “ego” identity. Many tribal societies identified solely 30 with the tribe and in many of the ancient languages there is no term for “self’.

It was not until later development in the human consciousness that the linear mind began to take on characteristics identified as “self’. Culture (especially in the West) has demanded that the individual “self” be the core of who we think we are. The structure of the ego is created by the demands of culture. Culture is both relative and external. The ego is another of the many illusions we have created.

The implications of ego for organized religions are related to the way they developed their own particular systemic drama. Most notably is the idea that one’s self is somehow connected to a soul. Depending on the moral cultural structure, you are either a “good self’ or “a bad self’. You can tell which one you are by looking at the demands of the moral structure of that particular culture.

With the invention of the “self’, the culture creates a personalized deity. When examined, these deities have a “parent figure” identity. For the mystic, the spiritual principle of conscious separation from the eternal field of love is an illusion. The goal is to merge your illusion into a reality that is subjective and based upon spiritual principles that are highly individualized. depending upon the development of the consciousness of a particular individual.

The goal for the mystic is to lose one’s linear identity and expand the ordinary external reality of the world.This requires the practice of a variety of disciplines previously discussed. internal consciousness is a spiritual examination. There are many disciplines one can turn to for this examination. What is common in all mystics is an expanded consciousness that is subjective in nature and yet can be verified by similar experiences of other mystics.

From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.