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"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41) (2 min 2 sec)


    1. The "flesh" is the ego - the false self-concept we have constructed based on the belief in separation from God.

    The ego constantly tempts us to identify with our bodily and worldly experiences, reinforcing our sense of separation and fear. Jesus' message isn't that the body is bad, but that the ego's misidentification with the body leads us astray.
    The "spirit" is our true identity as eternal, loving beings created by God. Our spirit is always willing and ready to align with God's love and guidance, but is overshadowed by the ego's loud demands and distractions.
    When Jesus advises his disciples to "watch and pray," he is encouraging them (and us) to be mindful of our thoughts and choices. We need to be alert to the ego's temptations and actively choose to listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance instead.
    "Watching" is self-observation, noticing when our thoughts drift into ego-based thinking. "Praying" is consciously inviting the Holy Spirit to guide our perceptions, decisions, and actions.
    By consistently choosing the Holy Spirit's guidance over the ego's temptations, we gradually weaken the ego's influence and strengthen our connection to God. This process of watching and praying helps us release the ego's illusions and remember the truth of our oneness with God.
    Jesus is reminding us to be diligent in aligning our minds with the Holy Spirit's wisdom, rather than falling into the ego's traps. By staying watchful and prayerful, we navigate the challenges of the world with greater peace, love, and grace, even when our "flesh" (ego) feels tempted.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
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