The Definition of ‘Ego’ and Why It Doesn’t Matter!

The Definition of Ego

For years I have thought that the ‘Ego’ was the enemy. That devil on your shoulder that keeps you ‘safe’. Safe from real or imagined threats. That voice in your head that is constantly nagging at you whether you realise it or not. Whether you hear it or not.

I have read many books that say that the ego is the negative self speak that undermines our higher purpose. Doreen Virtue calls it “the lower self or false guidance.” For example:

True Guidance

Everything is going to work out great.

False Guidance

What if it doesn’t?

Doreen Virtue – Divine Guidance

When you look at the psychoanalytical definition of ego (not the guy kissing muscles definition) as follows:


“The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.”

Bing

This definition of the ego is almost the direct opposite of the ‘false guidance’ that Doreen Virtue talks about. I am not a philosopher by any stretch of the imagination but until recently, I leant more to the view that the ego is primarily our negative self speak. That voice in our heads that stops us doing what is in our best interest or tell us that we are not enough.

Divine Guidance to the Rescue

I firmly believe that there is a difference between divine guidance and false guidance. Doreen Virtue notes that there are characteristics of divine guidance. According to Doreen Virtue, true guidance is:

  1. Mature – Supportive and motivational
  2. Consistent – Similar messages supporting you on a particular path
  3. About helping others
  4. Doesn’t procrastinate – Nudging us to pursue our true purpose
  5. Strong and powerful
  6. Sounds familiar
  7. Supportive
  8. Comes suddenly and completely
  9. Never puts us above or below others

So, in that thinking the ego is the opposite of all of the above. And, this is partially the reason why I have always seen the ego as something to be stomped! Wiped out. Turned around. Ignored. But….

Anita Moorjani’s book (Dying to be Me) started me thinking a bit differently about the ego and how we perceive it. The way I understand it is that Anita is saying that we shouldn’t try to park our ego speak entirely because it is there for a reason. But, if the ego is working for us in the negative, we should acknowledge it and then try to work from a position of love.

“If you deny the ego, it will push back against you harder. The more you reject something, the more it fights back for it’s own survival. But when you can completely live your ego unconditionally and accept it as part of how you express in this life, you’ll no longer have a problem with it. It won’t impede your growth – on the contrary, it will be an asset.”

Anita Moorjani – Dying to be me

The Good News – We Can Change!

For a long time, I had a paralysing fear of public speaking. So, I have been using a number of mental tools to wipe this out. But, it has helped me to realise that our fears or ego speak are an opportunity to overcome that which we are afraid of. If we truly turn our ego’s to our advantage as Anita writes, we would view the world in an entirely different way and behave totally differently as well.

Think how much more we would do if we used our fears (or ego speak) as fuel to do all of the things that we are afraid of? Because, chances are those fears are our higher self’s way of telling us that we are not living our highest self’s true purpose.

I am reading John Assaraf’s new book at the moment. In the book, John talks about AiA.

A: Awareness

I: Intention

A: Action

John Assaraf –
“Innercise – The New Science To Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power”

John takes a bit more of a scientific view of the ego based language we hear on a daily basis but he does support the view that we can use those fears as a means to grow providing we are Aware of the fear, have an Intention to change it AND take Action.

According to John, “from an evolutionary perspective, being sceptical, unsure, and negative is a valuable trait. It helps stop you from impulsively indulging in risky behaviour, like gambling or overeating.” But, he also cautions that we don’t use our ‘stories’ to stay stuck.

So, to an exciting conclusion.


The definition of Ego doesn’t matter. What we do to change it does!

Big AHA! Thanks Anita Moorjani!

Growing up, our lovely parents taught us that it is important to have goals. How important it is to continually strive for something better – well mine did. Looking back on my life, I can see that my WHOLE life has been centred around trying harder. Doing better. Working harder. Earning more. Striving. Competing.

One of my Oldest sayings has been, “I’ll never be one of those people that “Will be happy when”…. You know how it goes. I’ll be happy when I have that new car or I’ll be happy when I have paid off the house. But guess what? True to the Law of Attraction, constantly saying that has meant that this that was my focus and in the back of my mind, exactly what I have been doing – without even realising it. Putting living my life off until….

For all of you Australians, the link for the book is below:

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

For one reason or another, I have attracted “hardship” or ongoing crap. It hasn’t all been bad but there seems to be a constant stream of drama’s. I know that I certainly give it the power by complaining “the situation” all the time.

I complain about things in the most positive of ways.  The typical way that I tell my story is: Blah, blah, blah. Complain, complain, complain. “Oh but, it will be okay. It will all work out”. Or some other trending ‘positive’ catch phrase that works. This convinces others that I am a “positive” person. But, ultimately I am still complaining about the “reality” of the situation or event rather than being truly PRESENT.

Anita’s book got me to thinking that perhaps I should just throw it all out. Stop doing all of the things that make up my hour plus long morning routine to attract great wealth and a better life. Stop caring and worrying about everything. Just let life unfold as it is meant to. As I chose it to be before I even chose to incarnate in this lifetime. Just live my life purpose and everything else be damned.

But, that is not how it works. As Anita says, in our human forms our minds get in the way but we have all come here with a purpose. Collectively, by improving ourselves we improve the global consciousness simply because we are all connected. 

Another re-think

Thinking it through again, I realised that it may be human to think but it is also human to always want to do greater things. To Strive. To grow. I certainly do. I realised that my daily routine wasn’t just about manifesting more wealth into my life. It’s true to say that I started my daily routine to learn how to manifest more wealth but I wanted more wealth so that I could help more people.

The morning routine lives another day! I just have to remind myself yet again, that it’s the journey that counts and to fully live every day.