From the moment we are born, our environment starts to tell us who we are. We’re told what is acceptable and what isn’t. What God to pray to, how to perceive reality, what our worth is based on the color of our skin and our education level. All of these all create ego esteem, and it’s especially helpful to help us reach our ambitions to make something of ourselves as society defines success and accomplishment. It just doesn’t feel like enough though, does it? Career success, monetary riches – they’re great but not entirely fulfilling.
It is abundantly clear – even to people who don’t consider themselves to be spiritual – that we are in a state of evolution now. We are learning that we need to live on more than just ego esteem. Look at where living life solely run by the ego has gotten us; we are miserable much of the time. We need new coordinates of understanding what living up to our highest potential means.
Some may say we need to eliminate our egos entirely in order to live out our soul’s purpose. I read Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now“, and regarding the parts about getting rid of the ego I’ve gotta tell ya: the idea of getting rid of one’s ego just doesn’t sit well with me. You need an ego, and you need an ego strong enough to pull off your destiny. Anyone who says they’ve gotten rid of their ego – transcended all egoic desires and thoughts – is probably the one who is tripping all over a huge one. The ego isn’t bad. But the ego detached from your heart and soul is a dangerous thing.
The major factor of living out your destined life for your highest good is the kind of esteem that is sourced to power and fuel your journey. If your level of orientation is solely based on ego esteem, it is the environment that controls your destiny. If you navigate through life based on soul esteem, you begin to understand that you have the power to take control of and transform your world. You have it within you to engage your highest potential and for those around you as well.
So, the next time you have to make a decision, ask the question: What would your soul decide? When you’re faced with a challenge, question or any situation in which you’re unsure of what to do, ask yourself what decision your soul would make. Not your ego. Don’t weigh in any ego-driven external factors or societal pressures. Just your soul.
Letting the soul decide will often times feel like a defeat to your ego. And that’s when you know it’s the soul. That’s when you know what real power is. That’s when you know you’re making a soul-based decision rather than one from the mind and the ego. As you do this more often, your intuition will heighten. Your capacity to have compassion will ignite. Doors will open before that wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s never too late to start living this way. What will your soul decide?
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