Julie – About the Ego

Along the spiritual path I found myself confronted with totally new worlds, opinions, perspectives and many more things I wondered about. Now following my path for quite some time now, I realize that my perspective about myself, other and the world has totally changed. I ask different questions now and the old points of view don´t make sense anymore.

Right at the beginning, when I started to follow my Soulspath (Spiritual Path) I came across the saying: „Letting go of your Ego“ as its been said it would hinder the progress of real growth. Only through spiritual practice and inner work I got a clue what that meant, I suddenly understood what all the spiritual teachers said over centuries to their students.

Your personal Ego, the content you think of yourself as a person, might stands in totally opposition to the inner truth you explore when you walk the spiritual path.

Are you ready for this new truth?

As long as you hold on to your fixed ideas about you, your life and the way how things should be. Obstacles will occur and remind you.

That is why you come from one lesson to the next, only to learn how to let go and be free.
Let go of old patterns, belief systems and ideas about yourself.

Let your soul show you the way.

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Before my spiritual journey, to me the Ego was a quite negative afflicted word. In my personal thinking it has always been related to something religious or spiritual. The second thought I had, was that everyone got an Ego, but no one liked it. I was curious what this Ego thing was all about, what does it mean, where does it come from and how would it block my progress? Furthermore where could I find it?

What is that Ego? And who says that?

For this reason I started a research with different sources and this is what I found:

Spiritual Perspective:

From a spiritual perspective, ego means considering oneself to be distinct from others and God due to identification with the physical body and impressions in various centres of the subtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, mind, and intellect and identifying with them to various degrees. –Spiritual Science Research Foundation ( 2014)

Will say, that the identification with our bodies leads to separation from others and God. I do understand that, but on the other hand side, I think it´s important to experience the own physical, mental and emotional senses, as they are the doorway to the manifestations of God.
For me, it´s important to be aware of my body, because it´s my souls temporary home. My soul gains its experiences through the energy exchange with the surroundings. We do experience the world with our five senses. What we see, hear, smell, taste and touch is real to us. Our Ego defines itself through the experience with the five senses and its logical interpretation.

In Psychological Perspective

„In layman’s terms one can define ego as pride about oneself. Thoughts such as my body and mind, my intellect, my life, my wealth, my wife and children, I should acquire happiness, etc. arise from ego alone. Ego, awareness of the self, pride, conceit and ‘i’ness are words related to the word ‘ego or aham’ but on a psychological plane“ Spiritual Science Research Foundation ( 2014)

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Self-awareness

From Psychological Perspective, the ego defines itself of its possession and its need to survive on a material level. Within this perspective, the person is not aware of an eternal or spiritual being that will overcome bodily death. In this state the ego is created for protection of fear.

Eckart Tolle got a nice Quote:

„Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego´s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, of death affects every aspect of your life.“

This can be described as a limited state of consciousness, which is full of fears and the need to control things. The Human Spirit is not aware of its immortality as the Ego stands in the way.
Personal Transformation means letting go of the Ego (the fixed ideas we have, the judgments, opinions, point of views, possessions). Even just for a moment, open your mind, deep down to your heart and your soul to feel what is really important.

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The world behind the Ego – Your Intuition

When you start to walk the spiritual path it gets more complex, because you start to explore a world behind the so-called reality. The first sense you gonna develop or give more attention to, is feeling. Your own Intuition. This is suddenly a different point of view, because it means you totally rely on a feeling and not everyone will go conform with that. Your intuition is your new guide and correspondents with the outta world and its impressions. This can give a new meaning to all that is. A meaning that could be described in:

What if logic would be out-of-order and you only decide with your heart?

Oh this sounds so fantastic, airy-fairy like, pink bubbles everywhere and only love and peace. Yes, that would be great. I will tell you what, it is hard work. Very hard work. Because we were taught different. The wrong education, belief systems and surroundings have shaped us into mind-orientied people who are more and more separated from our hearts and nature. We calculate, analyze, measure to get the best out of everything. We are selling our lifetime and our energy in exchange for money. We are afraid to have less, because we are not connected.
Instead of living our own truth. Creating our own reality.
We are slaves of our own, man-made belief systems. To afraid to step out of it and carry the responsibility that comes with freedom.
Stepping behind the world of logical thinking, analyzing and mind-orientation we find a world full of fantastic expressions and phenomena. A world that is dynamic, always changing, flowing and follows different laws that we were told. This world communicates very close with our own soul. Our own Intuition is the language of the Soul.
If we are corresponding with the world through Intuition, we connect with the Laws of Eternal Wisdom and Eternal Goodness.
Intuition is communication on a higher frequency, often with the world unseen. It does follow its own rhythm and often is not logical to the mind. It is the next dimension from the so-called reality.

Many spiritual teachings are blaming the Ego for standing in the way and not allowing the Intuition to take over. The Ego is the something that can be manipulated by the outside, that strives for attention, applause, money, and all the other material things. Only if we let go of your Ego we will be free!

How to let go of the Ego

There are different techniques, tricks and methods how to learn letting go of the Ego. I did try different ones and came to the conviction, that you definitely need to do it for different levels. Emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a bit like Clearing out the clutter on all levels. Wash yourself clean from old patterns, belief systems, fixed ideas and the need to control everything or let everything control you. It is a process that takes a lot of attention, consciously stepping further and no one knows how long it will take. The spiritual path is a unique path and full of up and downs. The more you keep going, the deeper it gets and the less you are afraid of it.

Methods and Techniques:

Yoga, Sports, Dancing, Gardening, Food, Service for others, meditation, Reading, Walking, Writing, Music, Trance Healing, Spiritual Healing, Shamanic Healing, Rolfing, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Sounding Joy Therapy, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Family Constellations ..there are plenty more, do whatever feels right to you. Don´t forget that everyone has its own rhythm and you can´t force the process of becoming.

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”

~B.K.S. Iyengar

I have not always thought like that and many years I treated my body everything than nice. I smoked a lot, never had time for relaxation, surrounded myself with the wrong people and worked in an environment I disliked. For years, I was not in tune with my body and felt as my body would be something separated from me.
Today, the awareness of my five senses is very important to me and I experience them as my door to the world. Consciously Smelling, Seeing, Hearing, Feeling and Tasting brings many new experiences in my life. Since I am really aware of my five senses, I can enjoy life on a material level more intense than before. I do listen to my body and my intuition, because these two always right.

Stepping behind the Ego

If you walk the Spiritual Path, you will be asked to leave the save and secure state of rational analyzing and thinking, as this understanding is limited. The Spiritual Path needs to be experienced not only with your five senses but with you heart and your soul. Step a bit closer to life and let it touch you.
Bring yourself into the wonderful state of letting go and trusting into the process of becoming. Let yourself be carried by Universal Love.

„We must go beyond the constant clamor of ego, beyond the tools of logic and reason, to the still, calm place within us: the realm of the soul.“

Deepak Chopra

Death of the Ego and Nature

Nature could be our best example, the coming fall season, the trees will let go of their leaves. The energy will draw back and the focus goes within again. This is not the end, the energy is transforming. When the Human Spirit is disconnected from the Source, through the Ego, it tries to hold on. Death seems to be something fearful and should be avoided in all cases as includes the need to let go. Death is seen as the end of all things, rather than a description for a transition state. Transformation of being. The Ego is based on this limited awareness, so we totally forget that things need to go, that they can change and become better. The Natural law of Progress can only be created through the process of transformation. In winter everything seems to stand still, but it is still growing but not visible. Everything goes slowly till spring comes again and the energies expand more powerful than before. May the Ego follow the natural flows of the seasons to be transformed into the Human Spirit.

„Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!“

Pat Riley

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