Trusting in the voice of God, knowing internally that the source is what connects us all is part of our evolution.
“The body is the temple of God; in every body, God is installed whether the owner of the body recognizes it or not. It is
God that inspired you to do good acts, that warns you against the bad. Listen to that voice, and you will not have suffering.”
– Sathya Sai Baba, Indian Spiritual Teacher
One of the most difficult challenges in life is softening the ego, peeling back one layer at a time usually connected to one lesson at a time. I have talked to many Kundilini yoga practitioners who have experienced the sensation of enlightenment (without ego/connected only to God) for just a moment and they all said the same thing: It is like sensory overload when you don’t do the work to get to this place till you are ready.
Meditation is one of the greatest tools to soften the ego by dulling your senses, so you can listen internally. It takes time to recognize God’s voice vs. that of the ego, which is ALWAYS derived in fear. Meditation is an amazing experience, which is oftentimes misunderstood and usually fosters a fictitious or fantasy image of one in a meditative state. This illusion has usually been the seed that causes fear for many who are unfamiliar with it.
There are various types of meditation, which just becomes a matter of connection. Meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes in silence for 2 minutes, it can be the final pose in yoga where we lay in Savasana, a state of allowing, and it can be a group that is working together to raise each other’s collective consciousness. As in life, there are many paths to get to the same result, so I always so trust whatever feels good to me. I recommend sitting in silence for two minutes to everyone. It is amazing how silence has become so foreign to us because we are so overstimulated; it can make 2 minutes of complete silence seem like 20.
There are many great tools that help soften the ego, including many books and course, one of which was written by Eckart Tolle called “A New Earth.” It is a very deep book that parallels the ego, as each time you read it you understand and apply another piece to the puzzle. Eckart Tolle has been an intricate part of awakening masses of people to the idea of even having an ego. Being able to identify the voice in your head that causes great fear from the voice of guidance and light is a very important starting point. Tolle gives a great deal of his time helping others without hoarding his knowledge to gain power. It is so inspiring and hearing him speak offer another voice of reason, depicting the many facets of the mind. He still teaches many courses and workshops, even offers a free online course called the “uncourse”, which is all about pealing layers away from the ego. https://www.eckharttolle.com/uncourse/login/ I have not done it in full, but believe it to be a great resource.
When I think about how many times I have followed the voice of the ego/I “maker”, it further awakens my soul to quiet external experiences so that I can strengthen the path to my inner voice. Over time the path becomes very easy to walk through, each time routing down further in its direction.
Everyone has to find their way to such a path, a way that offers freedom while almost fooling the ego at first. I know that my journey started many years ago when I stepped into the path of yoga, but this is not the path for everyone and we all move at our own pace when we are ready. It is a beautiful thing when you get to share with others the knowledge that was passed down to you encased in nothing but love. I refer to it as the “love window”. This is just knowing when it is appropriate to share wisdom as it was shared to you.
As I was writing this article I looked up something and was accidentally (or maybe purposefully) directed to a website I have never seen. The homepage hosted an article that was a perfect guide to my blog yesterday and addendum to the idea of softening the ego. Please take the time to look at the 20 mini lessons as they are true and amazing!
Many Blessings: HP
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson
20 Ways to give without expectations:
1. Give money you can spare to someone who needs it and then pretend you never had it.
2. Let someone tell a story without feeling the need to one-up them or tell your own.
3. Let someone vent, even if you can’t offer a solution, just to be an ear—without considering how well they listened to you last week.
4. Help someone who is struggling with difficult feelings by admitting you’ve felt the same thing—without considering whether they’d be as open with you.
5. Ask, “What can I do to help you today?” Then let it go after following through.
6. Tell someone how you feel about them, even if it makes you feel vulnerable, just to let them know they’re loved and not alone.
7. Apologize when you’ve acted selfishly, even if you don’t like feeling wrong, because it will remind the other person they deserve to be treated with respect.
8. Let someone else educate you, even if you’re tempted to stay closed-minded, because you value their knowledge and appreciate their willingness to share it.
9. Forgive someone who wronged you because you have compassion for them, not because you know they’ll owe you.
10. Hold someone’s hand when they feel vulnerable to let them know you haven’t judged them.
11. Give your full attention to the person in front of you when you’re tempted to let your thoughts wander just to show them their words are valuable.
12. Assume the best when you’re tempted to suspect someone for no valid reason—even if they haven’t always given you the benefit of the doubt.
13. Accompany someone to an appointment or drive them to an interview when they need support just to help them feel strong.
14. Change your plans for someone you love if yours weren’t too important without questioning whether they’d do the same for you.
15. Teach someone how to do something without taking a superior position because they’ve likely taught you many things, whether they were obvious or not.
16. Leave a thoughtful comment on someone’s blog, not to build your readership but rather to show them how they affected you.
17. Tell someone you believe in their potential, even if they haven’t always shown you the same support.
18. Say no when it would make you feel good to say yes, because sometimes being kind means pushing someone to step up and try harder.
19. Tell someone you know they meant well instead of using their mistake as an opportunity to manipulate their guilt.
20. I’ve left this one open for you to write. How do you give just to show you care?