The Library 2
LET’S TAKE A LOOK at our ego’s library as if it was our local library down the road. Outside the library is outside of our mind. We have never been ‘Out of our Mind,’ consequently, we have never been outside of our library. While we believe we are our ego, we will never take that momentous step.
Why? Outside of our library everything is new, fresh – and scary, scary because it is unknown, we have nothing to reference it against. There are no books about newness. When faced with the unknown, we are made vulnerable. We falsely believe that newness will hurt us or maybe, we won’t even exist ‘Out There.’
Anything could happen and we wouldn’t be prepared to protect ourselves. We cannot defend ourselves against something that we don’t know and understand and we can never know or understand newness. Newness is something that has never happened before, obviously, so we would feel very unsafe and insecure.
It’s like as if the librarian at our public library believed that reality existed only inside the walls of the library and nothing existed outside of it.
No matter how many times we tell her that there is a wonderfully exciting and safe world out there waiting for her to explore, she hasn’t the courage to take that life changing step.
While she has access to all those old books about what happened in the past, she feels safe and secure. If something does occur that she doesn’t quite understand, she is not worried for she has her reference library to look it up.
By categorizing it, she can then file it under similar known events that she does understand, or even if a little unusual, she can make it fit so it conforms to what she already knows.
If however, she should dare venture outside of her library where everything is new, she would no longer have her reference books close at hand as a security blanket so to speak and that thought would terrify her. She would feel naked and exposed and in danger.
If our local librarian really was like this, we would think her slightly off her rocker and would quietly pacify her, telling her to stop being so damned silly and explain to her that outside of the library lies a beautiful bright sunshiny world full of love, joy and peace.
Taking her hand we would then try to gently lead her out into the light, but she would recoil in terror and rush madly back into her library, amongst her tried and trusted books of the past.
That sounds like a rather insane scenario but that is exactly how the majority of us live our daily lives. The ego is our mental librarian and, believing we are the ego, we confine ourselves to our library’s interior where everything is familiar, safe and most of all – known…
Dan’s Quote: “We appear to be locked in a mental prison,
_____________but if we were brave enough to turn around towards the light,
_____________we would find the door wide open.”- Danny Brand
Header – The ancient Library of Alexandria.