When you look in the mirror, what do you see? A man, a woman, a face, a style, maybe even a belief? How do you identify yourself? How do you see yourself, the sum of all your parts, your experiences, your possessions, perhaps your job or career? We have a tendency to see ourselves as the physical presence that walks the earth and nothing more. Many of us may follow a religion and try to live by a set of rules and morals that we see as our tradition, but how many really see the soul or spirit as a reality?
Is That belief system anything more than a habit or is it real? How can one possibly see the spirit as tangible or reality? As Eckhart Tolle puts it, we have a tendency to identify with our egoic self. We let our ego run our lives.
What is Ego?
The ego is the part of the mind that identifies with the physical. The ego can be very strong, so strong that many if not most people identify themselves by that ego. The ego can identify itself with your profession, your health, your relationships, your wealth or lack of it, or any part of your life. The ego becomes an entity within itself to the point that it must survive. We often become obsessed with things from the past. We talked earlier about trying to live in the moment. The ego does not want that to happen. The ego takes the mind to places where it can evoke emotion and become stronger. Eventually all we know is the thought or emotion that is fed by the ego.
The average mind produces 65,000 thoughts per day. This nearly uncontrolled thought process takes us all over the map. The mind thinks for the sake of thinking. The ego needs this in order to strengthen and identify.
Our minds tend to concentrate on past happenings, regret, anger, resentment or in some cases even nostalgia, or discontent. The mind may look to the future feeling it can only get better, that the future somehow holds better times or more wealth, more love, better feelings. In other cases, the future may bring about doubt or fear. Either way, one is not experiencing the present. One is thinking about work or what needs to be done or perhaps what did not get done. How does a person let go of that egoic self? How does one learn to relax and allow life to happen? This constant reveling in the past and future, compulsive reliving of things that foster emotion, anger, want, dissolution or what ever response that strengthens this ego, keeps you from not only recognizing your true self, it blocks you from it's very existence.
One must let go of this egoic self in order to achieve vibrational alignment. This constant egoic mind bombardment causes chaos with your vibrational frequencies. It is impossible to have deliberate intent when you are not really in control of your thoughts. There are ways to break this pattern, but one must take the time and make the effort. A person must recognize their spiritual self, their soul, their Source Energy.
Meditation Try to get in the moment. Try to stop thinking about anything. Close your eyes. Breath. Concentrate on that breathing. Feel the expansion of your abdomen. Feel the blood rush through your veins. Take a few moments several times each day to do this breathing ritual. When you are concentrating on your breathing, you are not thinking of anything else. You are in the moment. When you feel your mind wandering to other places, bring it back. Take control and let go of the anger or disappointment. Let go of the worry or regret. Stay where you are and do what you are doing. You will find it gets easier the more you do this. Eckhart Tolle's book " A New Earth" is highly recommended.
As we catch ourselves feeding the ego, going back and reliving things that really have little or no real relevance, we will hear a voice in our heads that reminds us, don't go their. This is not important. We catch ourselves when something triggers that anger or grief that is not relevant to the real present situation. We find it gets easier to control the thought process. That ego can be tricky, it is not always perceived as bad, we must learn to recognize it and stop it.
As we do this, our spiritual self will emerge and allow us to live our life, experience what is happening, not live in a world that no longer exists. We will begin to see our true selves and learn to manifest a more real life experience.
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