Self-Mastery & Personal Empowerment | Module 2
Mastering The Ego
Our ego is the false sense of self that we identify with. This identification begins at a young age, as we are conditioned to tailor our “identity” in order to survive. We begin to mold our sense of “self” based on what we believe will keep us safe, or give us attention. This is why negative attention is still tied to wanting love.
This egoic self is NOT who we actually are. Over time, the light of who we really are gets dimmed by the wounding/traumas/hurts that we try to hide away from ourselves and others. Our inner light never goes away, but it gets harder to connect to and feel, leading us to feel even more separate from ourselves.
Many people fear that if you dissolve your ego, you will be unable to function in the world, but in truth, when you dissolve the ego, you connect to the truth of the wholeness of who you are, and are able to meet life in each moment. You would be totally present and without the mind chatter, looking only to yourself for acceptance and approval. The root of all of our dysfunction lies in this fundamental disconnect from our inner self.
We often identify ourselves by our labels – what we DO vs what we ARE (e.g. I’m a healer, a nurse, a veteran, etc.) When this false sense of self feels threatened, we may respond with anger, we take things personally, we may even want to fight. Overidentification with egoic self creates division and competition, away from unity consciousness.
Take some time to work through the following journal prompts and homework exercises. They will help you identify and dissolve these false identifications and reliance on your ego to live your life!