The ego is not something to be ashamed by but aware of. We all have an ego: the aspect of ourselves that deals with self-image, self-esteem and self-importance. The ego deals with the ‘self’, all of the things we put after the statement ‘I am’.
It’s common to see the ego talked about with negative connotations, and we can see from the definition about why this might be. We can over-identify with the ego and become arrogant, unaware and selfish.
However there is another side to the ego that isn’t talked about as much. The ego is an essential part of human life, it develops over the course of our childhood (and further into adulthood) as we figure out our place in the world.
The ego allows us to differentiate between ourselves and others – this can be a positive thing. Knowing who and what we are is how we navigate everyday life. Imagine not knowing what your name was, your nationality, your age, your values and morals. It would be impossible to get through the day.
With that being said, I want to explore the concept of the ‘spiritual ego’. This might sound like a contradiction in terms, and on some level it is, but it is where the ego co-opts our spiritual awareness, and uses it as just another way to put ourselves above others.[Read more…] about What Is the ‘Spiritual Ego’?