Many wonder how they can learn to still themselves and move into a state of peacefulness. Stilling the mind as a beginner can become very frustrating because it may seem as though your thoughts actually become busier the more you attempt to quiet them. That mind jabber is the ego’s attempt to stay in control of what you do or not do. Because it feels so normal for the ego to have the control, many people do not yet realize that there’s a higher, more peaceful aspect of mind that, when tapped into, will eventually tame the ego with its tutelage.
Why do we need the ego?
The Ego is an aspect of our personality, it is the best tool to help us transform our spirit into an endless gratitude of joy and happiness. Often, we don’t understand our true purpose on earth, we don’t question ourselves why am I here? And what is our purpose in this planet? Certainly not becoming rich or fulfilling material dreams. We are here to choose love above all, to experience infinite gratitude for just being.
When a person feels their meaning and purpose are being attacked, they can feel very threatened and insecure. It’s time to aspire to a higher standard of being in the world; it begins with knowing yourself, not only as a human being, but also as a spiritual being. That means moving into the heart as much as possible and by having compassion for all human error with the understanding that we’re all on a journey that was designed to serve us in exactly the way that it’s manifesting.
Consider this analogy: Every problem in the world, from poverty to global warming, wars and people dying from hunger, have their roots in the egocentric and selfish point of view of humankind.
These problems are the symptoms not the true cause. Even if we are able to reduce greenhouse gas emission from Global warming, the negativity and egocentric behavior would create a new different problem. It is imperative to understand the true problem and work to overcoming it with love. The Ego in each one of us as a collective energy is the true cause of all problems.
What gives the ego so much power to sabotage?
Fear. Fear of everything and anything that threatens a person’s beliefs and perceptions. Once we get tired of being puppets of the ego, we begin to work deeply into what really matters, compassion. “Love is a weapon of light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness. That is the key. When we offer love even to our enemies, we create miracles and destroy the darkness and hatred.”
How can we get rid of pain?
Very simple, by overcoming SELFISHNESS. Being Selfish is the number one aspect of the Ego. Egocentrism, low self-esteem, depression, anger, jealousy and fear are all different aspects of your selfish ego.
The ego is very self-centered and motivated by things like: power, control, position. It provides a sense of false-pride. It’s forever judging. It believes its right and everything else is wrong and will try it’s best to convince you so. Notice when destructive or negative thoughts come in as if you were watching a movie. Notice how your perspective changes in observer mode? By reducing your personal attachment to these thoughts, you are able to see more clearly how ridiculous they usually are!
The moment you stop trying to control everything and worrying about what others might think, or striving to be that person you think you’re supposed to be the stress will melt away & you’ll start to experience amazing freedoms and pure joy.
We spend so much of our lives concerned with defining ourselves by the outside world that we miss out on the pure authentic self within. We also spend too much time living in the past or worrying about the future. The past is dead & the future may never come. All we ever have is this moment. So, just let go and learn to be in the moment. Whatever happens is meant to be. Acceptance is extremely liberating.
Put the ego into perspective. Consider that the Earth is but a millionth of the size of the sun and just one of 10 trillion planetary systems in the infinite Universe. Wrap your brain around that for a second! We are all so minuscule in the vastness of the universe. So, what might seem really big and important in your head at any given moment might not really matter that much, after all. Let your ego experience the pain so your body and soul experience peace and eternal happiness.
Finally, remember these wise words by Yehuda Berg: “ If you look at the bad, you will find it. If you look for the good, you will find it. We always have a choice between two realities: the positive and the negative. The reality is the one in which we exist.”