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Forgiveness and the Ego with Aaron Abke
Meet Aaron Abke
Aaron Abke was born and raised as a Pastor’s Son in the Silicon Valley of California. He desired to work in Church Ministry like his father and went to college at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Theology. He spent one year working as a full-time worship pastor at a church in San Jose until eventually, at 23, he felt called to leave his religion and pursue a deeper and more authentic spirituality.
At 27 years old, Aaron Abke had a dramatic spiritual awakening that changed the course of his life. He was working as a signed Fitness Model in San Francisco and competing at the National level in men’s bodybuilding at the time. He completely walked out of his former life to dedicate his life to seeking how to return to that state of Self-Realization permanently.
Aaron’s passion is teaching Unity Consciousness and Spiritual Awakening with the world, and he does so today via YouTube, Social Media, MasterClasses, and Workshops, primarily teaching through texts such as “A Course In Miracles” and “The Law of One”. Aaron believes that Unity Consciousness and freedom from the Ego is the next evolutionary leap for mankind and is available for anyone who truly desires it.
The Ego Wears Many Masks
Aaron is an expert in ‘A Course in Miracles’ and talked a lot about the trappings of the ego. As he defined it, the ego is any time you are in the I, me, mine arena. It’s our identity that we cling to; that isn’t really who we are. Guilt is an anchor point of the ego, as is judgment. The ego is the mental activity of identifying with the function of the working mind. Identity and suffering is really the ego cracking the whip to carry out its orders. As ‘A Course in Miracles’ states, the ego is whatever is not Love. As a reference point, we talked about the basic understanding that we are Love and that all we truly are, is the witness. The spiritual ego, which takes on a different costume of sorts, is about I, me, shame, and judgment, often about others as it relates to spiritual matters.
Forgiveness is the Way
Forgiveness is a step-by-step destruction of the ego and allows for true oneness. Through forgiveness, we can heal by letting whatever is causing upset, to release. The important aspect is not to judge this and just to forgive. As is said in ‘A Course in Miracles,’ nothing real can be threatened. We’re often equating ourselves with the unreal, believing things are real (which he calls transitory illusions), and you can’t ever satisfy these identities. All identification is harmful, and what is needed is a shift in consciousness is going from judgment to discernment.
If you want true freedom, you need to come to the altar of life with broken-hearted humility and Love. In other words, whatever I love, I heal. Our goal and aim are to come with an open heart towards EVERYTHING. We’re always becoming. Mother earth has offered us so many options to become love. Understanding we are one means you can’t point fingers at others because you realize that you are the world. Don’t look at others. It’s our obligation to wake up and change ourselves and to become Love. Ideally, as many of the masters who have walked our earth have taught, judge nothing, and meet all with loving compassion and forgiveness.
Aaron Abke reminds us that the teachings in books such as ‘Law of One’ and ‘A Course in Miracles’ teach us how to separate ourselves from the ego and remind ourselves that we are one with all that is. Becoming conscious of these thoughts awakens us to new concepts to put into practice in our daily lives, helping us to live in the light of forgiveness and compassion.
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