J. and I were recently talking about the ego, and she asked me if would do a post on it. This actually made me feel pretty good, thinking that she must think I know a thing or two about it. So with that said, my own ego now given a boost, I wasn't sure if I should continue!
But what the heck, I said I would give it a try, so first I must' leggo my ego', and not worry about the many out there, who after reading this, might think I'm talking a lot of you know what! After all, haven't all the great masters and teachers already said enough about it!
But J. and I were talking about the 'old ways' of doing things, and how our old ways of doing things are all falling away, and how they are not working for any of us any more. We all have been driven by our ego at one time or another, that is a given, but contrary to what most of us think having an ego is proper for of all us. But we must learn to join our ego with love for it then it becomes our friend, if it is left in its aloneness it becomes our enemy. It is loud, and it shouts, "If you will do that, I will do this, and I then I will win and you will lose." Yet the ego paired with love is healthy and it serves not only the self but others, but even more than that it serves the soul as well.
When we meet up against people whose ego seeks to serve themselves more than others we are pulled into their drama of self-serving intellectual arrogance, They can never do anything for anyone without first attaching strings or wanting some ulterior motive, or wanting more for themselves than anyone else.
How do we proceed against the ego...
Have Courage. Keep going, courage overcomes fear and allows us to see with new eyes.
Be real, get up, show up and be present to who you are, warts and all. This allows us to connect our soul with others. Grow in yourself the desire to serve others. Be committed to the truth, the soul loves the truth and then enlarge your capacity to Love.
...and when you have done all that follow these words.....
"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game".
- Michael Jordan