The Ego is the self important aspect of your personality while some have labeled it as a bad part inherently it is not. As you become more interconnected to yourself you see that the Ego is just another part of what makes up you. Sometimes the Ego does go overboard and it is important to know when, why, and how to disarm the Ego. Left in control the Ego wants to take charge and create an Ayn Randian Dystopia because it tends to forget some things. Bring balance with your calm centered and connected self to create a more whole version of the self.
As you become more aware of yourself you see that you have many aspects of your personality. The Ego is one of those and it does get sometimes get over inflated. On the flip side you have the connected calm aspect of your personality and some believe that side being dominant can make you too soft. So the idea of disarming the Ego should be to find a good balance. There are some things that you can remind yourself of to humble the Ego.
If you have not seen it then you should watch Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, it helps to illustrate an important point. While your Ego thinks that you are big in reality you are a small speck on a small speck. In terms of universal size the Earth is tiny and so are you. Be humble and grateful to be a part of this grand universe. Don’t worry about being small, small things are wondrous too!
The Ego says, “I’ve done it all, I’ve got where I am today without help from anyone.” Of course this is simply untrue; could you feed yourself as an infant or do you make your own clothes from scratch? Those things are very unlikely. People have to work together to make things happen, without that we would all be sitting in a cave somewhere trying to survive.
Sometimes we get this great big sense of self importance but the thing is, everyone is just as important as you are. It is hard to accept that for most people, some even feel worth less than others. A great doctor once said, “I have traveled hundreds of years through time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” So, everyone is of the same importance, even if it is hard to believe.
“Nothing in this old world lasts, not even our troubles.” Everything is impermanent, embrace that you, everyone, and everything that you love will come to an end. If you love someone you know that you have the risk of losing them. No one lives forever and we should accept that by embracing our impermanence. A previous post dealt with embracing death, so we won’t dwell too long here.
The Ego in and of itself is not a bad thing but, left to it’s own devices it can be. Being aware of it and aware of the other aspects of yourself helps you to be more whole as a being. Balance can be maintained between the Ego and the deeper connected self. All you need to do is remember a few things; you are small, you got to where you are with the help of others, everyone is just as important as you are, and everything is impermanent. Go now, and be at peace!