“Unless you know the basic mechanics behind the workings of the ego, you won’t recognize it, and it will trick you into identifying with it again and again. This means it takes you over, an imposter pretending to be you.”
Ego is a trickster. Many will dismiss ego, will it away, try to disconnect from it or push it out. It really can become a battle. This is the way I look at it: ego is the human embodiment of my Spirit. Spirit cannot do it’s work without ego. Ego can’t do meaningful work without Spirit. We need to be a team to get shit done! Instead, when ego arises, I ask it what it is trying to get my attention for? What is it needing? Sometimes, ego needs to be fed – but in a healthy way. Sometimes it needs accolades or it needs a break. And like any good partner in life, we honor that. There is no battle, if ego needs a rest, we rest. If ego needs to be patted on the back, we pat it on the back. Likewise, if Spirit is ruling the roost, we become flighty, indecisive, or as I like to say a “little bit woo and a little bit woo.” Listen, we can’t exist separately; body, mind and spirit are intricate systems that work together to keep this machine functioning. Ego can only be a trickster IF WE LET IT.
What does all this mean? Well, it means it’s time to be real with ourselves. Call a thing a thing. When we do things, we can check in by asking, what is my intention here? Am I doing this because my heart/spirit are calling me to do this…or any I doing this because I need recognition, because I am afraid etc.? There is NOwrong answer here. If we answer the calling, great. If we get the cheers we need, great. The trickster rears its head when we fight against what it needs. Feed it, and it won’t fight back. It is okay to work with ego…let’s be intentional as we move forward this week and be clear about what we are doing and why we are doing it. We are likely all more balanced than we think we are. Regardless, your spirit came here to do something important, check in with ego and then get to work. The world needs you!