Difficulties from the Separate Self Sense

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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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All our difficulties, you might say, begin or come from the separate- self sense because instead of being unified with the universe and people around us and the God who created us, the experience of the infant is in being alone in a potentially hostile universe and the need to protect oneself since no one else is going to do this completely after mother has finished her basic duties in the first year or so, if that long.  So the separate-self sense is what drives the infant to seek a self that is safe, that is successful, that is free of pain, that is acceptable in society, that has possibilities of meaning and success and fame and fortune and all the other things that gradually evolve in our own personal history which greatly influences our ideas or expectations of ourselves, as well as those imposed on us by other people.


Spanish Transcript: 

Las Dificultades de la Propia Identidad Separada

Podríamos decir que todas nuestras dificultades, comienzan o provienen de sentir que somos un yo separado, porque en lugar de estar unificados con el universo, con  las personas que nos rodean, y con  el Dios que nos ha creado, la experiencia del niño es que se encuentra solo en un universo potencialmente hostil y  siente la necesidad de protegerse,  ya que nadie más va a hacerlo por completo después que la madre ha terminado sus deberes básicos en el primer año más o menos. De modo que el sentido de ser un yo-separado es lo que impulsa al niño a buscar una identidad que sea segura, que sea exitosa, que esté libre de dolor, que sea aceptable en la sociedad, que tenga posibilidades de significado, éxito, fama y fortuna y todas las otras  que, poco a poco, se desarrollan en nuestra propia historia personal,  que influyen en gran medida en nuestras ideas o expectativas de nosotros mismo, así como las que nos son impuestas  por otras personas.

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