It is helpful to feel humbled when we go seeking a God, especially He who set the standard, replacing even true pride with a humility exceedingly grander. For it simply doesn't work - trying to correspond self-worth with God - for contrary to the reality, we may get so entrapped in our own personage too readily.
So rather than endow our friends with sublime commendations and extraordinary vernacular deliberating their personal life-plans, we would rather offer those means, where possible, by which they shall be exalted further. (May they also know that we do love them well with a constancy, and not only for 'what they seem' to be.)
Now to begin: making a balance between egoism, egocentricity and proper humility need not be arduous or hypercritical by its action. It is, as pointed to in the opening sentence, quite essential to encourage the definition which only contrast brings; and to no less is it applied as regards to one's health and wellbeing of their ego/ego consciousness. Remembering that this is (in fact) the prize gift as brought to us uniquely by our Christ, then we are to lend our attention forthwith, and never give discredit to the healthy development thereof.
For a man to stand strong in the world requires that he be embellished with a protective radiance which cocoons his being and conceals and contains his individuality. This emanative sealant is not as the auric web, but is etherically bound from belly button - just as the amniotic sac dispensed with at birth - and surrounds the man in a portable womb. The immediate substance which encases him in this way and buffers him from all greater Cosmic influence is directly from Christ and is distinct from his own build up.
This can be specifically tested because the substance itself has no signature of the individual connected with it and comes and goes in ebb and flow depending upon the condition of the man also. It is the veneer to the ego, as it were. A great proportion of etheric nourishment may be drawn from the sac-like encasing, and also depleted - as in the case of a healer who has acquired the talent to tear himself apart and diminish his own life-forces. ('Talent' is used dubiously here and is not accurate, 'skill' might be more pertinent.)
So we reside within a portable oasis which is to function as a protection to our individual beingness. That we have been so separated from the incoming diversities of a greater nature which do impinge upon this Globe unrelentlessly is a marvel, for otherwise we should be distracted and diluted amongst the sea of egos which chorus around us constantly.
Sadly, pitiably, there are unworthy teachers who have purposefully worked at the erosion of their pupil's ego-veneer - for 'reasons' best left unsaid. However, this crime against Christ is never permanent, as it passes when the teacher moves on (dies) or when the pupil regains his selfhood.
This ego-veneer expands and contracts depending upon the conditions and consciousness of the man. After death it becomes as thin as skin, as light as gossamer, making but a small cavity, space by which the ego goes by. During our sleep it remains with the body, protective to the life-link within, but expanding out to wherever the consciousness may incorporate itself - when this does occur. You may picture it as our own portable sunlight, our aureole, which is just as distinct from the Sun itself we may add, and not primary to the immediate globe, but rather essential to Christ and borrowed from Him. There is a separate being who is incarnate within the Sun, to whom the aureole rays are given.
In like fashion we too may expand this light-veneer out from us when we are self-realized, enhanced, fulfilled, saturated with love, acting, willing or determined by love (Christ's influence); and this etheric bond does enstrengthen also. We had best point out that the word 'etheric' is inadequate, and that there are many grades relating to the same. However, it is the prime carrier of Life and in this context we may accurately come to an understanding of it and its associated realms with this in mind.
Now several more concepts are applicable here. Firstly an unhealthy ego activity is reflected in the ego-veneer which becomes as sticky or tacky, and is visibly thin in patches, but murky also. One would imagine perhaps that less ego activity would amount in a greater veneer to encase it, however it requires an inner maintenance of sorts and condenses unreasonably when there is a deficit of inner warmth and activity.
Contrary to this comes true humility. Here we may witness the very real differentiation which proves that humility enhances the self with egohood. For it is that this protective veneer may at suitable times, be shared by individuals who are responsive to each other and remitting of their selves. Not only do the aureoles stretch out and contain in combination the two or the many (who for that time are in true humility towards each other) but also the aureole intensity becomes magnificently illumined and is truly colorful with hues of blue, sprinkled with stars. The heavens become literally mirrored as the ego begins to fully function in 'open' activity.
One must realize that our self-consciousness is supported by:-
- That we are what we are: Beingness.
- That we know it: the gift of the ego.
- That Christ knows it: our higher astrality.
- That we know Christ: our Christ-Soul - not ego, but heart.
- That we are separate - our greater ego - to all other beings: the ego-veneer.
- That we may combine with all other beings: our Christ-soul combined with ego in possibility through empathy shared and in consciousness experienced.
- And last but not least, our Father God, our Spirit permits us to be, and furthermore is the very Life which does sustain us.
Loving Christ, as with the love of another individual, expands the greater ego, and when rehearsed it may become sufficiently healthy and coherent, and this does reflect back into the consciousness of the man thereby. In this he shall be ever stronger in the World - by this we mean to say that he shall not be or feel buffeted this way and that by the thoughts and opinions of those men to whom he comes in contact with. For many such offerings are remarkably unhealthy to accommodate or wear and there are many who do know instinctively that they are burdened thereby.
Humility does not require us to lay down with fools and do likewise make babble. Humility shall endow us with the very vision of God, that we may contrast our own selves accordingly and appreciate both.