The Challenge of Having an Ego

egoThe dilemma that I face, and truly that most of humanity faces, is what to do about this ego thing. A variety of spiritual luminaries say that we must transcend our ego and open ourselves up to who we are beyond this mortal coil. Our egos are seemingly a pattern of behaviors and decisions based on the search for complete autonomy, independence, and separation from all that we think is not us, and in order for us to move on to the lives that are waiting for us, we must get these things in check.

Our egos are that part of ourselves that believe we are a body, limited to a pinprick of time and space, yet exceedingly desirous to prove our magnificence in contrast to everything else around us. The ego is a story we tell based on our vantage point in the universe, limited only by the scope of what we allow ourselves to see. What our ego doesn’t want us to know is that we are all of it, the entire experience.

Not only are we the experiencers of this experience we know as life, but we are also what is being experienced. Beyond that, we are also a lot of things that aren’t being experienced. Just as an individual can experience much of what is happening in his conscious mind yet not be aware of what is happening in his subconscious mind, we are each more aware of our ego’s perspective of life than all that it affects.

This age of separation that humanity has weathered has caused great devastation to the planet that has housed our metamorphosis. Like the processes of birth, puberty, or any other transformation, there is always a certain amount of dramatic destruction as the entity grows in complexity and maturity. In this age of reunion we are shifting into, we may now bring the healing recognition that we are the planet which houses us, and we must love ourselves for being the conduits of creative consciousness that we are.

I know this one is a bit deep for a Friday, but it’s a Full Moon tonight, and I’m leaning toward the metaphysical. Basically, we’ve all got egos that make us think we’re separate. While these can be detrimental to our sanity, they also offer us opportunities to embrace the roles our individuality offers us in order to better contribute to the greater community.

May this Full Moon illuminate your ability to let go of anything that is keeping you from being your best version of yourself.

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