Two natural parts of our human expression are the ego and the soul.
Although we all have both of these aspects in our nature, some people have more balance (or lack of) in their personality.
Our journey from childhood to adulthood can be challenging and our ego is designed to protect us. However the ego will never give us any long-term satisfaction or empowerment.
As a human with free will, we have the choice to nurture our ego or soul.
On the surface it can seem easier to nurture one’s ego, but that is also an illusion. The ego is never satisfied; it always wants more of bigger and better material things. We live in a material world and this can be one of the biggest challenges to our spiritual growth and development.
It is not about ignoring the ego, but a matter of balancing it with the nudging of our soul.
Our soul is content “being” – it is our ego that can get caught up “doing”. However, if you are following your passion then doing so can also be following one’s soul path.
Balance is important, as the ego does not like to be ignored. It is a matter of embracing it, which in turn, will soften its influence.
Like an obnoxious child it seeks attention and instant gratification. We have probably all experienced that at one time or another. A screaming child at the supermarket that won’t let up until it gets the attention it craves or what it desires.
Luckily our soul can balance the equation.
Like a devil and angel perched on each shoulder, we always have the choice which one to listen to and act upon.
As one grows, or ‘grows in wisdom’, it becomes easier to tame the ego and be more aware of the gentle nudging’s of spirit. We still have desire for certain things, but it’s not as loud or overbearing.
To become a human we have to separate ourselves from source in order to have an individualized personality and identity. The ego has a role to play in that process to help deal with the separation from source.
Part of our growth becomes about taming one’s ego and growing in light and spirit.
It is likely you have heard someone say ‘oh he is in the ego” or maybe even being told by someone that you are egotistical. This can simply be a reflection of the person that is passing judgment; after all, we all have an ego.
The ego isn’t a bad thing; there is no shame in having an ego. The key is to temper and balance it with the light of your soul.