4 Main Ways to Cover
- Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.
4 MAIN COVERS
There are 4 main ways to cover the real payoffs for flesh. 1) Cover with pleasure. 2) Cover with beauty. 3) Cover with shoulds. 4) Cover with darkness.
- Physical and/or ego pleasure can be used to cover, to disguise the real motives of our flesh nature.
- Beauty, idols, sentiment, and other forms of attractive images can be used to hide and protect the real desires and actions of our flesh nature.
- Shoulds, laws, rules, customs, mores, values, ideals, etc., can be used to make our real actions appear to be good when they are only evil.
- Darkness, unconsciousness, subconsciousness, semiconsciousness, denial, and the like can be used to pretend our evil intentions do not exist.
COMPARE TO FREUD’S DEFENSE MECHANISMS
- Cover with pleasure. Freud’s Related Defense Mechanisms: compensation, regression, sublimation.
- Cover with beauty. Freud’s Related Defense Mechanisms: identification, reaction formation.
- Cover with shoulds. Freud’s Related Defense Mechanisms: displacement, introjection, rationalization, ritual and undoing.
- Cover with darkness. Freud’s Related Defense Mechanisms: denial, projection, repression.
Other combinations/variations could easily be made and justified. The above is just an example. It would also be instructive to compare the 4 to other lists such as Aaron Beck’s list of the 7 main thinking errors.
The only payoff for flesh is to return to the original nature of flesh: before form. The original nature of flesh is negative void. The only way to return to negative void is through death and destruction. Death is self as some thing. Death is defining and identifying self as some thing. Destruction is self as more things from being some thing. Destruction is further defining and identifying self as things.
Mental chatter is destruction of self into more things based on being something: “If I am that then I must also be this.” Becoming new things is not life but destruction. Being old things is not life but death. It matters not if the things are beautiful or ideal. Things are things and neither life nor the living can be things as they are being. Idolatry is God as something whether that thing is an image or a law. God is no thing no matter how beautiful or correct.
Quotations from Various Sources
“Identification prevents and perverts the flow of thought-feeling.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume IV, page 8
“If you must be right, then you fail to learn and so lose.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Is not virtue a negation of becoming?” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. III, p.204
“The soul is undiscovered though explored forever to a depth beyond report.” —Heraclitus
“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale
“The way to do is be.” —Lao Tzu
“You can be right or you can be happy.” —Anonymous
Quotatoins from Scripture on Ego Surrender
“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 16:25
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” —Mark 8:35
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” —Luke 9:24
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” —Luke 14:26
“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” —Luke 17:34
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” —John 12:25