Ahhhh how glorious the universe is, in every single moment. I wonder about the times when I do not realize how divine each moment of being is, and I am acutely aware of a common denominator. Indeed, the greatest hindrance to my being is none other than myself, the ‘I’, the ego mind.
When contemplating the ego mind, I am first struck with the magnitude of the power of our minds. More specifically, our being-ness, our infinite nature, our source, our vibration, is powerful. The mind, otherwise known as information processor central and physical vessel manager extraordinaire, directs, regulates, and defines how we perceive our reality. Through the creation of my belief structure, which can be done consciously but many times unconsciously through condition, is directly related to how I interact with and experience my reality.
Our connection to our experience is direct, the universe responds to my thoughts, intents, visualizations, emotions, and actions. Wherever I place my awareness and toward whatever direction I exert my will, I bring this into reality. I give this outcome or possibility in the universe energy, and it responds in tune. The enormity of the control we can exert over our experience is astounding! To every absent thought, every whim, and every scenario I entertain in my awareness, I send energy towards that outcome to influence reality.
Many are familiar with the Law of Correspondence, the old axiom ‘as above, so below.’ This refers to the endless dynamic balance of the two opposite spectrums in the universe, as well as correlation between the internal and external universe, many times referred to as the microcosm and macrocosm, respectively. This interchange of energy, read information, is represented by the well-known yin-yang symbol and also the infinity sign. What these two symbols embody is the path of information as it flows in the universe between these two opposites.
This shows that I receive information from the universe, a specific state of being, point in space-time. As divine beings, we have the power to choose how it is we interpret this information, and our perception of it is based upon our belief structure. The choices that I make then send information back out into the universe, to be processed for the next response. It is an endless feedback loop where every choice illicits another response, ad infinitum.
A spontaneous response of pure intent is the goal, a choice made with no prejudgment, no preconceived notions, and no prejudice towards the information, read moment, that we experience. And herein lies the territory of the ego mind, the troll hiding beneath a bridge waiting to ensnare, trap, and hijack our perception of our reality.
The ego mind is our processor run awry, back seat driving like it knows everything and never needs to stop and ask for directions. It is a cozening trickster, concerned only with its survival and its agenda, which is to keep our focus on the ‘I’. The ego is the ultimate parasite, playing both sides against the middle for its own gain. It polarizes our perception of our experience, promoting a ‘this or that’ mentality.
The ego is clever in its ways, always trying to twist our perception. An internal struggle? The ego wants to convince me that it is external. External struggle? Ego lets me know that, in fact, it is internal. According to the ego, in every circumstance in my life I am either the judge or the victim, neither of which I particularly enjoy, and neither of which I want to create in my experience.
Yes, I find the ego mind to the be the greatest impediment to my happiness, that most of the time ‘I’ end up getting in my own way. The ego knows me so well, it knows exactly what to say to lull me into complacency. How then, do we reassert our will over the whims and wiles of the ego mind? How, then, do we take the power back from ourselves and become conscious beings in every moment?
Know thyself. In the center of being, know what type of existence I wish to have, what type of reality I wish to experience. Know that we are divine, spiritual beings, and we are made in the image of All That Is, co-creators in the dream of reality.
Part of self-knowledge is being aware of the presence of the ego and its inner workings. With an awareness of its presence, in every moment I can observe and analyze the forces that are shaping my belief structure, my perception, and my reality. With my self-knowledge as my guide, I place all of the possible interpretations for every moment against the lens of my conscious will. It will become apparent which choices and perceptions agree and align with the direction I choose to move in the universe. It also becomes apparent which choices are effective, and which ones are supplied by my ego mind for its hidden agenda. Then, choose. Ad infinitum.
To the ego, I say thank you. Thank you for receiving and processing all of the sensory information of my experience. I say thank you for doing such a good job of running my physical vessel. I say don’t do so much, don’t try so hard when it comes to making choices. These I shall make from my heart, these shall be based upon how they feel. Let go of me ego, and be easy.
As always, unconditional love and gratitude. Love.