09 Aug Seth, The Ego and the Moment Point
You are unknowingly immersed in a part of pure energy, being newly created in each moment…being replenished at every conceivable moment. Your psyche is being drawn back into itself, into All That Is, and “out of itself” into your individuation.
—Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 787
Remember, the moment point is the window in which we both a) frame our current mental acts or suggestions which will direct future action; and b) experience the physical materializations of past action, the materializations being our environments, events and bodies. And what roles do our conscious mind and ego play in all this? With that question, we’re now getting to the crux of why managing our moment point is absolutely crucial.
As we know from Seth, our conscious mind is that part of our inner self which both perceives outwardly into camouflage physical reality as well as inwardly into inner reality, and is meant to direct us through this existence. It holds all of our current beliefs, both the upside and downside ones. Under the auspices of our inner self, our conscious mind plays out those beliefs (or action) within the moment point a little at a time, if you will. In that way, all of them get an airing in camouflage physical reality, at the timing and discretion of our inner self.
Okay, so a question: What part of us sits on top of our conscious mind that can either block its content or clearly reveal it? In other words, what part of us can shut down our expansion into our self under development, either partially or completely, or boost it beyond measure?
It’s our ego, what Seth calls our consciousness of the daylight hours. He says our ego is a psychological structure which forms our surface identity and is only active when we are awake. And that surface identity, or ego, is composed of those characteristics or beliefs we consciously accept into our moment point at any given time. Interestingly then, it means our ego changes its characteristics as it sifts through the content of our conscious mind, finding the beliefs of the moment it most relates to. And it also suggests the ego is malleable, through the conscious intent of identifying and changing what it believes.
Okay, but do we care if our ego is malleable? You bet, because all of our judgments about our self and reality are reflected by the ego. No problem, if our judgments are to our advantage. Not so good otherwise. See, our ego is supposed to work in concert with our conscious mind, but it has a sort of veto power over our conscious mind’s good intent and direction for us, through any misguided beliefs it harbors. The ego can’t stop communication from our conscious mind, but it can refuse, through its judgments, to pay attention to it, at times to our great detriment.
Fear Within the Ego
Our ego actually works in a regulatory fashion by examining and analyzing what it sees and experiences in physical reality. Its job is twofold: 1) to accept new beliefs based on its changing views and assessments of camouflage physical reality, and 2) react to the manifestations that those beliefs create.
So, when our ego holds a limited conception of reality, when it becomes overbearing and fearful because of its judgments about reality, then it becomes rigid. This rigidity, in turn, leads to more anxiety, because our ego is forced to deal with events from its position of underlying fear. The anxiety then reinforces our ego’s belief that it must try to control all aspects of life, because there is no other input it feels it can rely on.
For instance, if our ego reacts in panic to a manifestation, that reaction is fed into the conscious mind as a mental act. That mental act is an action associated with, or tied to, the belief in the conscious mind that caused the panic. Which means it reinforces the belief that showed up in camouflage reality as a thought or an event. However, if the ego had responded differently, perhaps not with panic but with confidence that all would work out just fine, the belief, the action, in the conscious mind that caused the ego to go bonkers would lose strength.
In actuality, that’s how a negative belief is changed—by the ego no longer buying into it as a critical event when it occurs; that is, by the ego softening the belief’s impact instead of hardening it. And the only time a belief can be consciously influenced, positively or negatively, is in the moment point, because that is the point of the belief’s appearance in camouflage reality as a thought or event, an action.
So, to the extent that we can loosen our ego’s fear suggests the extent which it will allow our whole spiritual, physical and psychological self to share the stage—no, to become the stage—and the extent to which it will more fully and contentedly accept new beliefs, insights, intuitions, added energy, more creativity—and definitely more safety—into our reality.
Excerpted from Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 2: A Book for Seth Readers. © 2013 by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of six Seth/Jane Roberts-based books. She is co-founder of Seth Network International, the online global meeting place for Seth readers; published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal, for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. You are invited to become her friend on Facebook and on Twitter, and follow her at Lynda’s Seth Talk Blog.