The competing dynamics of Ego and Heart present deep challenges; they really do. And it may be indecipherable if it were not for the fact that Heart doesn’t lie. Heart deals straight.
When we first awaken to core Self, Ego alerts right away. The rationalizations begin almost immediately, in my experience. And when we are developing this new, thrilling relationship with Heart, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, but not that hard. I’ll tell you how.
This is what Ego sounds like as it begins competing questions, questions producing their own conflicts: “What about your job? How will your parents or friends or spouse feel about this? Won’t it let people down if you don’t use common sense? You have so much going for you; are going to throw it all away?” Or the classic “If you dance now, won’t people think you’re weird?” All of these questions and thousands more have one thing in common. Do you see it?
Yep, you’ve got it. They’re all about You in relationship to the Other, to the way we will be perceived by them. Nothing about dreams, passions, enthusiasm, creativity, visions. Nothing about individuality. Do you really get how you can tell the difference? Ego forces conformity.
Conformity helps us avoid making a scene, creating a ruckus, garnering the disapproval and judgment of society at large, doesn’t it? Oh, this doesn’t mean no problems; it simply means avoiding problems we would personally create by living the truth of who we are.
Who we are lies at the root of all of this. Our core Self is a piece, parcel, allotment of eternal Spirit that is an integral part of us as a total person. That portion of Spirit comes here within each of us in order to experience this mortal creation in a unique way and to expand this creation in a unique way — as the personality of you or me.
Part of the deal, though, is these mortal bodies come with the default operating system of ego for preservation. In fact, Ego circuits have imprinted themselves throughout our psychological and emotional make-up. When we experience those waves of self-examination about the big questions of life, we must recognize our own Heart breaking through ego circuitry. Heart has its own circuitry, and it is deeper, more mysterious and magical and spiritual, but we must choose it, flip a toggle to shift to Heart operating system.
When we do, we begin to experience and consider the possibilities, not bound by ego-directed conformity. Do we understand the significance of this? When we don’t flip the toggle, we are denying, sidestepping, running from the reason we came here and entered time and space: to manifest that part of eternal energy housed in us, that part unique to us, that part colored, seasoned, and personified by our soul and mind and body. That’s what is wrong with it. We actually have the power to deny the expression, the unique expression, of eternal Spirit in us.
We came here to live eternity in time and space, to express the realities of Spirit here. As we grow spiritually, we experience those good things. And how do we engage to experience them? How do we express trite-sounding but Universe-moving qualities like love, peace, joy, unity, and myriad more miraculous, soul-enriching, Universe-expanding traits?
This brings us back to those stirrings of soul embodied in the questions of who we are and why we’re here. We explore our passions, dreams, and enthusiasm combined with our knowledge and experience and what moves our mind and soul when we have shifted to Heart operations, when we have opened our mind and soul to the fellowship of the Heart. We employ the inherent creativity we each possess in our own particular way.
Oh, there is more, but that will have to wait. So much more. I hope the immense impact of this encourages you to explore and discover the essence of core Self and the possibilities of expressing Self to this world. We will all benefit by that, benefit in love, knowledge, innovation, progress, and too many things beyond my limited thoughts to capture.
After experiencing the elements I suggested as a framework last night, I will summarize tonight’s additions here.
1. Make sure you establish and maintain a direct, real conversation with your own Heart: use the Heart Operating System (hOS).
2. Learn to recognize when the Ego Operating System (eOS) is engaged: conformity; rationalizations of why dreams can’t be lived; ideas trying to make you right, good, better than everyone else; ideas that you can never be as good as anyone else — diabolical, isn’t it?
3. Start speaking to your Heart about those dreams, passions, interests — things you are enthusiastic combined with your knowledge and experience, i.e., start formulating an action plan with your Heart. (More about vision development — maybe tomorrow!)
Many blessings in the fellowship of the Heart!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!