This full-spectrum, integral, body-mind-world embracing spiritual orientation is essential as we live in a tipping point time of great peril and great potential that is unprecedented in the history of humanity. More and more of us are becoming aware that we are living in a period of immense upheaval and transition on all levels with converging crises of ecological destruction, economic collapse and the breakdown of traditional philosophical and religious paradigms.
This integral embrace of our human lives as Spirit-in-action emboldens us to take responsibility for the evolution of humanity as ourselves. Will we break down or breakthrough? Are we ready to take responsibility for life, evolve together and create the New? Are we facing the inevitable end of everything? Or are we experiencing life conditions that - painful and chaotic as they are - will catalyze a more enlightened and loving future?
For those of us with the eyes to see and the ears to hear we stand at the head of a new age of development. Our present crisis cannot be explained or solved only in social, political or environmental terms. As Einstein famously said, "Our problems cannot be solved from the same level of consciousness that created them". At heart we are facing a crisis of consciousness, a spiritual crisis, that demands a radical and integral response.
Realizing our Divinity and releasing that Evolutionary Love demands everything from us. It demands that we purify and free ourselves from the agenda of the ego—the counterforce that blinds us to the glory of who we really are—not only for our own sake but also for the sake of Life as a whole.
"Ego" in this context does not refer to our experience of individuality, but to the powerful illusion of independent self-existence. This illusion is created by our deeply ingrained need to identify with our separateness as standing outside of and independent from all "others" and all of manifest reality "out there".
What is Ego?
Ego is the "I" that feels limited, the "I" that feels habitually alienated and unhappy. It is the "I" that always has a problem to overcome, the "I" that is convinced that there is "something wrong". It is the "I" that needs to be in constant control of "my" life, the "I" that is devoid of genuine spontaneity, compassion and love. It is the "I" that is constantly checking inwardly, "What's in it for me?" Ego is at the root of all the suffering, projections and division that plague us and our relationships to all apparent others.
But the good news of Awakening is that the ego is not truly you or I or anyone else and never has been. For in truth who we are is not a static, wounded, deficient, unhappy entity that goes by a particular name and is defined by a particular personal history. The apparent solidity and continuity of the ego "I" is nothing more than a deeply conditioned activity of identification with a complex web of psychological and cultural patterns that bind us to an illusory sense of independent self-existence. It is nothing more than a case of mistaken identity.
To awaken and manifest the fulfillment of our True Self we must break free of the walls and chains created by the ego. Only then can our individuality be founded on Truth, only then can we expand and inhabit a wider cosmic "I"— an Awakened or Enlightened "I"—that perpetually transcends and includes the psychophysical dimensions of body, sensation, emotion and mind. Then, in proportion to the degree that we can free ourselves from the self-contraction of ego, we live a life of unlimited potential, interconnectedness, wonder, wisdom, gratitude, happiness and freedom.