The Force of the Universe Is With You
'Everything we feel is missing from our life we're already connected to,' says bestselling author Wayne Dyer.
BY: Interview by Lisa Schneider
The ego has six components: It is a belief that we carry around that says first of all, I am what I have. So I measure my worth on the basis of my stuff. I am what I do, that is all of my achievements, that's the second. The third is, I am my reputation. I am what everybody else thinks of me. So those are three really high motivating factors of the ego: Get more stuff, do more, and get people to like you.
The fourth is the ego says that who I am is separate from everybody else instead of connected through this universal source that we all emanate from. Fifth, the ego says that who I am is separate from what is missing in my life. And that means that we don't understand that we're already connected to everything so that in some spiritual sense, everything that we feel is missing from our life we're already connected to. And finally it says that who I am is separate from God. God is something outside of me. Instead of seeing myself as a piece of God, I see myself as an ego who I separate from God.
When St. Francis was feeling that he didn't have any peace in this life, he didn't say to God, "I need some peace. Please just bring me peace." What he asks is "Make me an instrument of your peace. Let me be like you." That's what called God realization. And that's something that we can all do at any moment in our life.
So the ego is the bad guy here, it's what causes this separation from God. Why did God create us with these pesky egos?
Well, I don't think God did create us with these pesky egos. I think God created us and I think that we all came from this source and then we separated ourselves. We're the only creatures who are capable of doing that. Rabbits can't do that, you know, and beavers can't do that and birds don't do that. None of them go around believing that there is something other than what they are. They are just at peace with who they are.
But God created us with a free will - a will to decide whether or not we're going to stay connected to source or not. And basically what most of us do is decide not to connect. Because we're raised on these ideas like, I am my stuff and I am my achievements and all of that. But that's not God at work, that's us separating ourselves from God. We make the decision to separate ourselves. It's not a sin; it's just a mistake. It's an illusion; it's a belief that we're something that we're not.
I mean, I'm 63-years-old, I look at this body and I watch it go through its motions and I watch all the stuff that I accumulate and I watch my reputation, I watch all of this stuff -- but there's a part of me that knows that this is not who I am. That who I am is that divine source that I emanated from and that I'm returning to. And so if you can just keep reminding yourself that you're not here as a human being having a spiritual experience. All of us are spiritual beings having a human experience.