Laying the Foundations of a Healthy Ego
"Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path the divine circuits."
The sphere of Foundation (Yesod) on the Tree of Life is referred to as the Purifying Intelligence. It represents the foundation machinery of the universe whose function it is to collect and purify the energies emanating from all the other spheres and transmit them to the material universe and the human organism. Some have referred to this sphere as the "engine-room" of Creation.
In our body, this sphere of energy is linked
to the genitals and to their generative
powers. The proper management of our sexual
energy and our sexual impulses is of great
importance as it lays a good "Foundation" for
the creative enfoldment in all aspects of
our lives. Sexual repression and sexual promiscuity
are both damaging to this enfoldment and
wreak havoc in our bodies, our minds, and
our relationships. An enlightened and moderate
approach to sexuality that is not divorced
from spirituality lays the best foundation
for a joyous and productive lifestyle.
Psychologically speaking, the sphere of Yesod
represents the Ego aspect
of our psyche or the foundation of our individualized
existence – the I-ness of our being.
The intended function of the Ego is to serve
as a liaison between our Higher
at the sphere of Harmony or Tiferet), and
our lower self (located at the sphere of
Kingdom or Malkhut). A well-functioning ego
functions as the servant of the Higher Self
and is well aware of the spiritual values
and the creative plan of the Higher Self
for our inner and outer development. A healthy
ego therefore, diligently purifies the impulses
it receives from our animal instincts, our
emotions, our thoughts, and our social environment
and transmits only the most appropriate and
most constructive of these inputs as action
commands to our bodies. A healthy Ego chooses
wisely how to respond moment to moment to
life so that the creative energies of the
Tree of Life can move freely within our psyche
and our body. An unhealthy ego on the other
hand, is completely out of touch with the
Higher Self and pompously considers itself
to be the master of the house. An unhealthy
ego is so hypnotized by its past conditioning,
past negative experiences, and is so wrapped
up in a futile pursuit of more and more Pleasure,
Approval, Power, and Attention that
it becomes – the
words of Emerson – as a "bloated
nothingness" obstructing the path of
creative Divine energies.
Spiritual Psychology teaches that our first task in attaining higher evolution is to heal and enlighten our Ego because only a healthy functioning Ego can serve as a solid foundation from which we can safely climb the higher spheres of the Tree of Life and enjoy the sublime fruit of this Tree without endangering ourselves and others.
For almost three decades, Dr. Mitra Makbuleh has been
conducting group seminars and private consultation
sessions where the participants learn to recognize
and heal the unhealthy habits and destructive tendencies
of their ego personalities and achieve greater contact
with their Higher Selves. For more information, see
Services that Dr. Mitra offers.