There is an effective analogy to
help understand what needs to happen in relative to our ego and our
attachments to free ourselves from unnecessary pain. The life of the
coconut is something that can help explains what actually happens or
can potentially happen at two levels of our being.
The fruit of the coconut palm contains a kernel or a seed, which we
call the coconut surround by an outer vegetable like shell. The
kernel or the seed is what most people think about when one says
“coconut.” The seed consists of a white edible meat enclosed in a
hard shell containing a milky liquid called coconut milk which most
of us are aware. So there are four parts to the coconut fruit - the
shell surrounding the kernel or seed, the hard shell of the seed,
the edible parts of the seed and the milk.
The coconut as we know it does not come form the coconut tree in the
form we see the seed. The seed comes as a fruit. The fruit consist
of the kernel or seed and a surround by the vegetable like shell.
When ripe, the seed can be separated from the coconut fruit.
However, when the coconut fruit is unripe and raw, if the shell
around the kernel is broken, the kernel will also break. In the raw
coconut fruit, the seed and the shell are joined together. However,
the dried ripe coconut is different. If the fruit is dried, the
kernel can be removed intact. The seed of the dry coconut shrinks
inside the shell and becomes separated from the shell. There is now
a distance between the shell and seed. The seed or kernel contains
the hard shell and a white meat can be eaten and the liquid the
coconut milk can be drunk to give life.
A similar thing occurs with our consciousness. It believes it is its
creation. Our consciousness creates a vehicle for an experience and
then believes it is the vehicle. It believes the shell, the vehicle,
and the kernel, the awareness that created the vehicle are one.
However, there will come a time when the consciousness becomes ripe.
It become ripe when it becomes aware. That, it becomes aware it is
the creator and as the creator, it separates from its creation. We
call it death. In death there is a distance or detachment between
the body and the consciousness inhabiting the body but the process
doesn’t stop there.
So too the ego. It too is a shell used by the consciousness to
define itself and it too can be separated from the consciousness.
The ego is like that shell of the kernel that you need to break to
get at the edible white meat and the coconut milk. It is the edible
white meat and the coconut milk that supports life, not the shell of
the seed. The shell of the seed protects the edible parts and the
coconut milk. Analogously the ego protect the creative spirit so
the creative spirit is available to give a new life when called
forth for the next creation. The body and its experiences are a
manifestation of your past form of the ego. The ego, what protects
your creative spirit and can be separated from the body, is what
gives rise to your next experience. Yet the ego is analogously the
same as the body. It too is only a vehicle that consciousness uses
to define itself and have an experience.
The essence that is you is what creates the identity by the
experience it has. That essence that is you is the white edible
parts and coconut milk that supports life. Your body and its
experiences is the manifestation of the previous seed protected by
the previous ego. Your current ego is protecting the life giving
portions that will give rise to your next experience. As such, your
ego needs to die and change to give rise to the next experience of
life in the same way the seed dies to create the next tree.
The body is like the outer vegetable like shell of the coconut fruit
and the ego is like the hard outer shell of the seed and gives a
form to the seed and hold and protects the edible parts inside the
seed that can be used to create or sustain life. The ego can be
separated from the essence that gives life. All the entities of the
unseen world that have an identity are simply the egos projected by
the consciousness inside the ego expressing themselves in the
identity it projects. They are all seeds for future manifestations.
You are no different. You are the seed and that seed will create
life ad infinitum in whatever realm that it exists.
However, you have a choice. You can wait till you die and have the
consciousness and ego separated from the body and wander around the
universe as that seed ready to crate a new life based on, and in the
identity, you have created. If that seeds falls on fertile ground
and conditions are correct it will grow into a new life repeating
the life cycle all over again. This phenomenon is what gives rise to
the idea of past lives and karma for unless you break the hard shell
of the ego, that identity mind has created for itself in this life,
it will continues to create generation after generation after
generation based on the ego it has created slowly evolving itself
bases on the experiences it has.
Whether the life it creates for itself is in the seen physical
Creation as a human or one of the unseen realities of Creation as
some spirit entity in some part of the infinite Creation, a life
will be created based on the seed. But you can if you wish, separate
your awareness ego from your body before it physically dies. And,
going one step further, you can separate your ego and mind from the
awareness that gives rise to the ego and mind. In that awareness
beyond ego and mind, you can see you have the “stuff” it takes to
create any life in any form in any world in any realm of Creation,
seen or unseen. You only need to create the vehicle to do so. This
is what it really means to transcend the ego and what many mystics
have been trying to communicate for eons and is the source of your
creative power. Learn to identify with the “stuff” inside the hard
shell of the seed beyond the form that exists.
Relative to creating your future and shifting your
ego, you may want to consider an exercise entitled, “Looking
to the future.” You may find it interesting as to what you wish
to create with the life you have.
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