Self is the opposite of Ego. At all times Self is using, or attempting to use, its powers to enrich the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s right. Kingdom of Heaven is not a dead place where dead people, the ‘good’ ones, retire to do nothing forever after. Surely, that would be hell! If I must, I would rather compare heaven to an immense Disney Park where people can do whatever they want, for (almost) as long as they want, without ever any harm coming to them.
Back to Self.
Our Self programs us—the biological robots—to gather new experiences. As we know, computers can be programmed to function for hours, sometimes days or even longer, without additional human input. It depends on the software, of course, or in our case on our subconscious. More about that later.
Thus we, the biological computers, can work for a while on our own, yet without an occasional input from Self, we soon degenerate into walking in ever decreasing circles.
People continuously confuse ego with Self. Ego is what separates us, what gives us different personalities, while Self is what makes us one. Self gives substance and makes the wonderful statement In Pluribus Unum possible.
Yet, as entities possessed of ego, we have duties.
Even if we do not identify with our body as the only source of our awareness (the scientists do), we must still look after it, even as we look after our cars, computers and other material possessions, without actually identifying with any of those extensions of our personality. Some people seem to. They identify with money, position, fame, etc., although such are all imaginary and transient.
The climatic changes that are coming—the onset of which is already observable—will place enormous pressures on human survival. Inundations, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, forest-fires, arid spells, runaway pollution, global warming, and various pandemics are already here. In time mass suicides will ensue—also already visible—which will grow and continue until at least some of us will learn to treat what we experience as observers. With profound, benevolent indifference, while simultaneously making a greater effort to work for the common good. Until we learn that we are in this world, but not of this world, yet hold some responsibility for it, even as a child has for his or her toys.
Until we learn that as Self we are immortal, and as such create our own heaven and hell.
How do we recognize actions inspired by ego versus those inspired by Self? That’s easy. Whatever is for the greatest good of the greatest number is inspired by Self. We are One, remember?
No one will convince me that man’s genius, which put man on the moon, is not capable of redirecting clouds from causing floods in some area to discharge over forest fires instead. The latter would have been inspired by Self.
Putting man on the moon was 100% ego.
A further discussion of the subject of Self is in my Beyond Religion Volume 1.