Man is a 3 part being – The Identity Of Man – The Ego and the Super Ego

Why do we make the same mistakes? How do our belief ruin or improve our lives? How do we actually identify our beliefs and how do we change them if they’re not working for us?

The following article is taken from a 4 day 12 module course that I wrote on Addictionology in South African context.

Man is a 3 part being identity of man ego super ego* * *   Belief System :  What I believe about anything, i.e. God, people, friendship, love, sin, satan, demons, evil, sex, money, tattoos, happiness, peace, fulfilment, owls, symbols, open ladders, cats, whatever.

∞ ∞   Value System : Anything that I have placed great value or importance on e.g. money, wife, car, job, looks, clothes, education, acceptance etc. This rules my ability to be happy.

 + + +   Memories : My emotional response, behavioural response, chemical response.

* +   These determine how I see myself, how I see the world and how I respond to it.

There are many things that the book of Proverbs warns us about, It is known as the book of wisdom which was written by Solomon who the Bible claims was and will always be, the wisest man on earth. The greatest warning that he makes can be found in “Above all else, guard your HEART, for out of it spring forth the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23. In modern day terms, the heart of man is known as the subconscious mind. He warns us above all other warnings to guard this part of ourselves, as out of the heart or subconscious spring forth the issues of life. The Hebrew meaning of the word “life” refers to wholeness and completeness. For the sake of explaining how our wholeness or completeness is affected, I will refer to the heart of man instead of the subconscious.

Another scripture that tells us more about the heart is “As a man thinketh in his HEART so is he” Proverbs 23:7. The Hebrew meaning if the word “thinketh” is the word gatekeeper. In other words, the beliefs of our heart keep us from something and so we remain unchanged. The previous scripture tells us that the issues of wholeness or life flow from within. If those issues, perspectives, views, opinions or logic that flow from within contradict what we believe, they do not come through. The gatekeeper or belief does not allow us to consider it. Similarly, as we hear or are taught logic, perspectives or truths that contradict what we believe, we reject them. “A double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways” James 1:6. This scripture refers to a person who has not made up his mind in what he believes and a man or woman who has two opposing beliefs on one matter.

For example, Christians generally believe that their sin is forgiven. But they are always asking for forgiveness. It does not make sense to ask for forgiveness if you are already forgiven does it? This double mindedness creates instability in ALL of that persons ways. Beliefs are formed out of fear and many of the beliefs that most people have are not even their own. They have simply bought into the belief out of the need to have an answer. Copernicus said, “To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” Similarly, Albert Einstein challenged us to think for ourselves with this beautiful statement, “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

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