Daily Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince
The Little Prince is going to trigger a massive change in the life of the pilot who has crashed in the desert. He will accompany the pilot on an inner journey that will totally transform how he understands himself, how he feels about himself.
But first the Little Prince is getting a clear picture of what inauthentic humans look like—what the false self that’s the ego produces as a sham version of humanity.
The king on the planet the Little Prince is visiting is the primary image: the ego is inflated in its grandiosity, mindful only of its own interests, utterly incapable of connecting with anyone else in a meaningful way.
The king sees himself as God, just as the ego sees itself as God. He imagines he rules the entire Universe.
The irony of this is that while the ego isn’t God, human beings in their essential being actually are divine!
And, of course, there’s a wider sense in which everything is divine, in that it’s all sourced in God. But we are talking here in the sense of our personal awareness of who we are.
The ego likes to think it’s God. However, when we become aware of our true nature, we realize we really are expressions of the divine—the self-manifestation of God, which is the meaning of the statement the early disciples of Jesus made that we are “offspring” of God.
When the disciples of Jesus realized that his presence among them had shed a new light on their own being, it took them into territory they had never traversed before.
In that culture, the idea that a human is divine was for the majority blasphemous. Most thought of God as so “other,” so not human—rather like the king on his throne.
How were they to express this new sense of themselves that had arisen in them? What words could they use?
The Roman Caesar was thought of as a god. Throughout the empire it was said, “Caesar is lord!”
The disciples of Jesus responded, “Jesus is lord.” And what they meant by this is that an…