Oneness And Ego
The term 'ego' may have been initiated by Freud, but the concept has roots in much older words like vanity and greed. From another angle, ideas like personal attachments which lead to suffering can be applied to the ego as well; people tend to identify with possessions, associations and achievements gained and lost. These anti-virtues, or perhaps flaws of the human dilemma, lead to a sense of general dissatisfaction at best.
The solution, of course, is to find oneness, enlightenment, zen, or even perhaps the love and light of God within you. But how does one do that? Where do you even start? Every religion has its own rituals boasting to be THE method to follow for such spiritual peace. Yet not every practice is created equal, and one might be better than another for any given person. How to choose between them all?
Foundations Of Body, Mind, and Soul
For individual oneness (a prerequisite to the greater oneness with All), you must find a way to unite your three selves as One. Examples of this in popular religions are listed below:
Islam- adhere to the Five Pillars of Islam, and God (Allah) may bless you with fortune (though the idea of oneness may actually be considered an unforgivable sin).
The common theme (except, perhaps, Islamic) is that there is a "right path," or set of rules to follow while releasing control over when and if this divine oneness will even happen. Maybe religion has a different idea of personal oneness (and possibly of universal as well) than most of us are even hoping for.
A Universal Practice
Body, mind and soul function together as three individual pieces of a whole You. Seeking to understand your body, your unique mind and what inspires your soul involves some pretty simple and universal steps.
#1: Gain knowledge
Learn about the body and mind from what science has discovered. Explore possibilities neither proven or refuted, and compare your individual experiences with what you've found.
The more information you gather about the world in general and yourself in relation to it, the better you can understand how individual you really are while still not really being alone at all.
#2: Applying the information
Use the knowledge you've gained to structure your own path, using any existing religious beliefs as a foundation. Though you may not want to go against the rules of your faith (though from a metaphysiological standpoint, that's ok too), there's no rule saying you can't add more that benefit you.
Rules aren't always bad; having a food allergy creates a necessary rule of avoidance, for instance. Develop rules that serve you as a whole, in body and mind (and spirit, though that may take another step!) and allow amendments as you go.
Your spirit is distinct from the mind in that it isn't the thinker or do-er, it is the observer. As you learn and apply knowledge to your life, simply observe the process as it cycles. Take note of any changes or patterns you notice along the way.
The spirit depends heavily on the mind and body being in perfect harmony, so as you learn and grow you should notice...something. Perhaps this is simply the awareness of self that humans are capable of, or the increasing oneness of the body-mind-soul machine. Either way, it is a kind of personal oneness that is completely achievable for everyone, no deity required.
Though it's difficult to suggest this kind of "zen" is the same as religions promise, it may be a good place to begin. Because these steps are simple and easy to adapt to your circumstances, you will likely still be capable of Nirvana, Heaven, Atman, and even the favor of Allah. No divinity need be applied to the concept of inner peace and the harmonious balance of all aspects of your Self.
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