While reading Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, I came across this quote that stopped me death on my tracks ‘ Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of Ego to a relationship in which two have become one.’
Although I have contemplated many times the significance on being in a relationship, this is the first time stated in such bold and simple way. It forced me to confront the significance that my Ego interprets it, and plays in every relationship I’m engaged with … with my family, children, grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, and humans in general … even do there are differences between the relationships to a mate, to a friend, to a grandchildren; they all require a certain death of the Ego. A certain death that it’s absolutely necessary for the relationship’s health and longevity.
Many may have encountered this pearl of wisdom already, however, for this Peruano, it comes at a moment most in need for his spiritual’s growth and identity … the conscious act of sacrificing a layer of Ego with every encounter; and hopefully, its permanent separation and death will allow me to relate better.