As I mentioned a while back, Ipo has been whispering a new lesson to me, which has been coming in snips and snatches. Or perhaps it’s that I haven’t been focused enough on listening to him long enough to have gotten the whole thing at once. But finally, I have the basics. The rest, as Hillel said, is just commentary.
He has been sharing his thoughts on the three parts of the human psyche. They are: the animal self, the base/lower self, and the higher self. (These seem to correspond roughly with Freud’s id, ego, and superego, or even, in some ways, chakras.)
What Ipo calls the animal self is what we often refer to as the reptilian brain. It controls our instinctual and physical reactions to various stimuli. For example, the physical indications of sexual arousal; blushing with embarrassment; the dilation of our pupils in the dark; a mistrust of strangers/others/the unknown; the pounding of our hearts and the hair standing up on the backs of our necks when we sense danger.
Our base/lower self (ego) is motivated by emotional want, both conscious and unconscious. Almost all our non-instinctual behavior stems from desire, both positive and negative. For example, we desire to achieve or possess that which we think will bring us satisfaction or happiness. Contrarily, we also desire to avoid that which we fear; the things that cause us physical and emotional pain, rejection, humiliation, failure, loss.
Our higher (spiritual) self functions beyond emotion. Through our higher self, we can understand that there is no empirical right or wrong, good or evil. These judgments are a function of the culture and zeitgeist in which they exist. Their moral value often cannot be assessed for decades, perhaps even centuries.
Reality and truth are like the weather. Even when we stand under the same rain cloud as others, though we may all be getting wet, we are being soaked by different raindrops. No two people experience “reality” in quite the same way. Our emotions create a kind of frost on the window through which we view the world, thus distorting what we perceive as reality.
When we are in touch with our higher self, we are able to see beyond our triggered emotional responses, and gain a 30,000′ overview. From this perspective, many of the solutions to our problems and the answers to our questions often snap into great clarity.
I’m sure Ipo will have more to say on this subject (if I can just give him some trance time!) Until then, I know I will be thinking a lot about this, myself. Already I can see that this understanding can potentially impact every aspect of life.