Your Inflated Ego
But even though arrogance and conceit (which are different from self-love and confidence BTW) are part of the Ego, they’re not, as I learned, the whole deal.
In personal development, Ego is used to refer to the shadow self, or the false self, or the self that’s acting like a weenie.
It’s the part of us that’s driving the bus when we do things like sabotage our happiness by cheating on our husbands or wives because deep down we don’t feel worthy of being loved, or not making the phone calls we know we need to make to grow our business because deep down maybe we’re afraid of success.
Your Inflated Ego operates according to your limiting false beliefs. This is the garbage that was stuffed into your subconscious as a kid that doesn’t ring true for you, as well as the decisions you’ve made about yourself that are less-than flattering or empowering.
It gets validation from outside sources (I’m doing this to win your love. Your opinion of me is more important than my opinion of me), it’s reactive (My circumstances control my life. I am a victim), fear-based, and extremely committed to keeping you safely within the reality you’ve created based on those limiting false beliefs.
Your Inflated Ego lives in the past and in the future and believes you are separate from everything around you.
Your true self or your higher self, on the other hand, is the part of you that operates according to your connection to Source Energy. It gets validation from within (I love and trust myself. This feels right to me, I have a purpose. I am loved), it’s proactive (I’m in control of my life), love-based, and is committed to creating a reality based on your limitless potential.
We all experience life in varying degrees from both perspectives, and while I seriously doubt that there’s anyone who is free from their Inflated Ego, most of us are so wrapped up in their “stuff” that they’re settling for realities that are waaaay beneath what’s available to us.
Remember, you create your reality. And you’ve spent a lifetime creating the one you presently have largely based on your limiting beliefs.
When you decide to re-write those beliefs, go for what’s truly in your heart and do a massive overhaul on yourself and the world. Know that your Inflated Ego is going to jump in and do whatever it can to prevent you from doing this.
If you know this going in, you will be able to overcome whatever is thrown in your way. Take it to mean that you’re ridding yourself of your negative beliefs and moving in the right direction.
Growth is hard and painful, but it’s nowhere as painful as living the life you’re living right now if you’re not really going for it.
If you want to take control of your life and turn it into something that is spectacularly “you”, stop at nothing. Have faith. Trust that your new life is already here and is far better than the old. Hang tight if your Inflated Ego pitches a fit.
Whatever happens, stay the course, because there’s nothing better than watching your entire reality shift into one that is the perfect expression of you!
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. The vast majority of our beliefs about the world are not really true “out there.” They are only true because we’ve decided they are, although we likely haven’t done so consciously. When you run into one – and you’ll know by looking at how your life is – take them out and dust them off, examine each one, and decide whether they really still serve you or if you can let them go.
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