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Who’s in Charge — You or Your Ego?
Posted By Cynthia James On September 16, 2011 @ 12:32 pm In Personal Growth | No Comments
I host a monthly free teleconference called “Community Conversations .” We recently discussed the ego and how it was playing out in our lives. So, I will pose the same question to you that I asked the group: “Are you in charge of your ego or is your ego in charge of you?”
There are a few definitions of ego: the self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves; in psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality; an exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit, appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem . I believe that we all experience the good news and the interesting news of our ego and how it affects our lives. However, more often than not, the ego quietly affirms separation, lack and limitation.
As the group on the call dialogued, there were some amazing revelations that poured forth. I was struck by the honesty and clarity of each participant who spoke. Here are some of the ideas and feelings that came out in the conversation:
Do any of these thoughts resonate with you? I know that I, personally, have wrestled with these doubts on many occasions in my life and it has taken work to become more conscious about what voice I listen to. Whenever the “monkey mind” voice is talking about separation, fear or doubt , the negative aspects of ego are running. If I listen to these thoughts, it will affect my decisions.
Eckhart Tolle  says, “Most people are in love with their particular life drama. Their story is their destiny. The ego runs their life. They have their whole sense of self invested in it.”
I would like to invite you to join me and my community in consciously awakening to the truth of our lives. Contemplate these thoughts:
Affirmation: Today, I listen only to the inner voice that reminds me of my powerful and abundant life.
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 Community Conversations: http://www.cynthiajames.net/events/44/community-conversations/
 self-esteem: http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-5-ways-build-self-esteem
 taught to be liked: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/learning-to-be-me/
 being misunderstood: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-ways-improve-your-communication-skills
 separation, fear or doubt: http://life.gaiam.com/video/deepak-chopra-secret-conquering-fear
 Eckhart Tolle: http://life.gaiam.com/article/eckhart-tolles-advice-waking-and-living-your-best-life
 Negative self-talk: http://life.gaiam.com/article/stop-obsessing-how-nix-those-negative-thoughts
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