“Nonreaction to the ego in others is one of the most effective ways not only of going beyond ego in yourself but also dissolving the collective human ego.”
Over the years, I have done a lot of work around ego. Eckhart teaches that we should dissolve ego, move beyond ego and ask it to stand down. Years ago, I began to wonder if I should deny or kill ego…what if ego is an aspect to befriend, to accept, to partner with? What if working with ego we can work more efficiently, effectively and protectively? I have come to realize that as we are human beings having spiritual experiences we need to not only be aware that we are both of these elements but that we would cease to exist without the blending of them. Our Spirit wouldn’t be able to interface with the world without the “meat-suit” and our humanness wouldn’t be unique without Spirit. Where we run into trouble is when we are making decisions and choices in life that are purely from our human experiences, from our wounds and unresolved issues. When we engage in life purely through our filters and from behind our walls, it means we are interfacing inauthentically with the world, we are “putting on a show” which can easily be misinterpreted as being egotistical, arrogant or even a bitch. When we engage in life from a balanced state of recognition between ego and spirit-self, we can be aware that those filters are there, but still choose to show up authentically. In this way, we can choose to act or re-act in a way that is more appropriate and also more powerful. In essence, this approach does dissolve the ego in a respectful way. I like to think of ego and spirit as a team…my team…one that recognizes each other’s worth, role and importance. Thus, there isn’t a competition. So, how do we do that? The card this week is calling us to simply be aware of when we are operating in an ego state and when we are operating in a spirit-self state. When we are aware we can then choose to act and re-act in a way that aligns with our belief system and represent ourselves well in the world. The more we show up authentically and aligned, the less imbalance of ego there is in the world collectively. And I think that is a pretty cool goal.