Egypt is our Soul, Mubarak is our Ego: The Revolution is within!

by Joebaby on February 3, 2011

Last night I read up on what’s happened with the revolution in Egypt these past ten days. It was depressing and inspiring…

Watching the solidarity of the people in the streets filled me with an exhilarating sense of oneness… I could feel their passion… These people demand change now!

Seeing the on again, off again clashes with the police, my stomach tighten… came across several websites with JFK’s quote; “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

Then read how, two days ago, the police were giving thumbs up to the protesters… and my spirit soared again.

What is this all about? Ho long will it go on? What does it have to do with me?

Nothing… (Its the other side of the world, dude!)… and everything… Everything, cause we’re one people, one humanity, and the joy, suffering and exhilaration of Egypt is ours as well.

Mubarak has ruled Egypt for 30 years. He’s a violent leader, ruthless and unwilling to give up power.

Sounds like the ego on a bad day…

Whose ego? Ours…. ‘This ego ‘I’ think of as ‘mine’ is part of the same holographic pattern as your ego.

And Mubarak’s.

Let’s face it, ‘we’ (our egos) ALL want to be in control. Our egos all want to dominate, be in charge, top dog… after all, that’s how we feel safe.

A long time ago, I would’ve turned off the TV (now its youtube) and forgotten about events across the world. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have even turned on the TV (didn’t own one). Now, knowing the depth of our oneness, I watch the videos of the revolution online, sit down, take a deep breath, and focus on my heart…

As my awareness settles here in my heart center, it immediately expands… I become aware of a greater sense of wellbeing… and a deeper connection with all life…

As I bask in this wellness, I bring Egypt and her people in…

I notice the tendency to judge Mubarak (Asshole! Dictator! Perp!), and the wellbeing begins to diminish… I smile, knowing that judgment does not flow here… I take another breath and let go…

And the wellbeing return…

As does the image of Mubarak… Hey wait, I hear myself think, I don’t want to deal with this dude, I want to work with the beautiful protesters impassioned with purpose…

But Mubarak stays…

With a sigh, I accept that he is the one for me to work on…

Soon as I do, I understand that he is currently our world’s mirror of our collective ego, the one that wants to control and dominate.

I know that the best thing I can do for my brothers and sisters in Egypt, is to make peace with the greedy asshole dictator within me… I know that as I come to peace and compassion with these qualities within me (us), then he (Mubarak) no longer needs to be front and center.

And so I soften, knowing that we all have some Mubarak, Hitler and Stalin in us… He wouldn’t be in power if we weren’t polarized or in denial of these qualities within us.

Like a gentle breeze, compassion wafts into my awareness, and I soften more… I always soften in the presence of compassion.. as I do, the sense of wellbeing grows…

Mubarak is still there, but he looks different; he’s smaller, a kid, looking down at his feet, shameful…

That within us that seeks power is afraid of love, afraid it will obliterate us, make us no more…

The compassion continues to grow; easily, with such grace, like a cat curling up ever so slowly into your lap…

Mubarak timidly reaches over to the cat, tenatively touches her…

And the cat turns with such grace and licks him, licks his hand, and he flops down beside her, a lonely kid in need of a friend… Compassion is that friend…

I sigh, not quite believing what I’m seeing, and at the same time surrendering to the grace of the moment. In this moment, I have done my part, disarmed the dictator within…

This greedy dictator asshole  is in all of us, it is our ego… as we make peace with this ego within, (simply having compassion for it), we make peace with the ego without.

It is clear to me that Egypt is our heart and Mubarak is our ego. I stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt, and with my compassion, I bring about peace. Join me, it will bring peace…

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