Know Thyself: Pharaoh, let my people go!

Life is all about relationships. A thought occurred to me today, in regards to choices. In the Old Testament biblical story of Moses, he was raised a Prince of Egypt and left the Palace and Egypt upon realization of his true identity to wander in the wilderness and become the man he was destined to be. Upon receipt of the Divine imperative, “I Am That I Am”, he returned to Egypt in order to confront is brother Ramses, demanding the Pharaoh “Let my people go.”

This was a relationship. Two men, who knew each other well. Moses knew Ramses, and probably had a good idea of how he would respond to a demand from a Mystery God he believed was associated only with an enslaved peoples. But even more importantly, God knew the outcome of His demand before the sequence of events even occurred. God knew that Ramses would require the greatest sacrifice, the death of his 1st born son, in order to comply with God’s will in this matter which, in this instance, was the freedom of the children of Israel.Irregardless of the historical accuracy of the Moses mythos, the lesson of the story remains as pertinent today as it has been for millennia.

We are each given chances in our own lives, to change our behavior. We do not always see them as such. We see them as interactions with other people, mundane and the very essence of normalcy. We do not see the divine connection in each and every instance of interaction with others, the synchronicities, the coincidences that bind us one to the other across space and through time. We minimize our understanding, cultivating willful ignorance and, by doing so, cultivate negative behavioral patterns that dog us through out life and unto death itself and the final judgement for these bodies and personalities.

The only way to transcend these ingrained patterns of thought and behavior is to, as the Greek Oracle of Delphi prescribed – as inscribed above the portals of the Egyptian temple at Luxor and many other locations – is to Know Thyself. By doing so, the inscription continues, one shall know the gods and the goddesses, essences of divinity, fractalized consciousness expressions of natural properties of creation itself.

Our first relationship in life is with ourselves. Through family relationships and then societal relationships, we lose that sense of ourselves as we take on the projections of others, until a point is arrived at where we no longer express the truth of our own divine essence, we become, in effect, lost souls, projecting a false consciousness, that we learn to call our personality complex. And yet, despite this reality, our true selves, hidden beneath the veneer of social compliance and egocentric projection, is constantly trying to remind us of who we are as well as the parameters of our destiny during this lifetime’s journey.

It is at this point, that the impact of our daily decision-making process and the relationships we cultivate during our lives becomes important. In listening to that small, often-overwhelmed inner voice that tells us when we should speak or be quiet, when we should go rather than stay, when we should focus or dissipate attention – in service of our deeper imperatives of intention and will – we often fail to heed its advice and proceed down a path of psychological and physiological turmoil that tends to cause us to deviate from our life paths rather than affirm them. Our inability to transcend our own emotional limitations is, in effect, a capitulation to the false personality construct, a nod to the power of ego and of other-peoples-projections (OPP) in the determination of who others think we are and, more importantly, who we believe ourselves to be.

So in the end, our choices determine our path. Free will remains paramount, even within the context of a Creation that is predestined and prophesied. Pharaoh had a choice and he made his choice based upon his personality complex’s demands upon his soul. God knew the outcome of that choice and the plagues occurred as they were destined to, based upon this foreknowledge.

So it is with each of us, in every instance of our intent projected into this reality matrix we call the world, and life. We do what we do, say what we say, think what we think, and yet, all of it is known, was what we were and are supposed to do, because it is who we are. As we delve beneath the veneer and go deeper to return to the forefront of conscious thought, word and action, the imperatives of our deepest selves become mandates. They are, in essence, the imperatives of Divinity, of which we are smaller shards of consciousness, integrally interconnected and interwoven in interaction and interplay constantly growing, evolving, expressing the larger dream of God in our smaller dreams of life, becoming, ever, more of who we always were, in the first place.

The Pharaoh that each of us represents, hardened in our hearts and in our ways, sure of ourselves and our intention and choices, prideful and filled with hubris, must give way, eventually, to the softened heart of compassion and love, although, unlike Ramses in the old bible tale, our capitulation to the demands of spirit should be capitalized upon and deepened, rather than taken to their uttermost expression, which will always and ever be, the uttermost destruction of all that we have ever held dear.



  1. Well said. Your post reminds me of a quote that I picked up somewhere, maybe from the Upanishads: “You cannot break God’s law; you can only break yourself against it.”

  2. Always love the eloquence of your writing. Thank you for another aspect to the term “lost soul” Lost in other peoples projected perceptions and insecurities that we tend to as our own, even as we acknowledge to ourselves it isn’t true. But then that is the “work” of the “devil” to create doubt. One cannot make sound decisions with doubt.

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