How To Free Yourself From Your Ego And Live
From Your True self - Your Spirit
By Paul Bauer
If we desire true freedom,
freedom from any outside "event" that seeks to tie
us down, we need to understand the ongoing struggle that our
egos "intend" to have with our True selves.
Real freedom begins with the ability to understand that
we are the thinker of the thoughts in our heads, but we are
not the thoughts themselves. We create these thoughts, but
not create us. We can exercise our ability to 'watch'
these thoughts as they come in and watch them as they leave -
and being aware that watching them is a state of strength
Tell me more about "watching", Paul...
When I say "watching them", I mean noticing the thoughts
or the reactions we have that go on inside of us. When
we stop and notice what's really happening as we
sense fear, anger, conflict, stress, etc; we'll soon realize
that what's really happening is we're having a reaction
This reaction is similar to a person's fear of the dark, they
believe that when it turns dark, that they should be
scared. But what would happen if they decided to walk into the
dark with no expectation, only a sense of curiousness? I'm not
saying to deny that's it's dark, or to affirm:
"I have courage in the dark, I have courage in the dark"
We've learned that this path won't work. Why? Because
we're resisting the very fear that's trying to teach us
something. We're now learning that fear is our greatest teacher.
Fear only intends to help us notice what's really going on -
like a wake-up call.
What would happen if we decided to enter into a new possibility
in our lives with an open, curious state of child-like
Can you see how this could make a difference in your life?
Just imagine how entering into any situation (new or old) with
this re-newed awareness can free you and bring you back to your
Q. What do you mean by the phrase "True Self"
Answer. Your true self is your Spirit. The part
of you that has no boundaries - no limitations. To understand
this is to live your life with no real fear. Only your
ego fears anything. Your True self - your Spirit - knows
that in order to truly free yourself from your ego and its ceaseless
mind games, you must face your fears.
A quote from Guy Finley's insightful book "The Secret of
Letting Go" reads:
to proceed even while being afraid. But remember, your new aim
isn't to be courageous or to try to act strong in the face of
fear. No. We've seen that this won't work. You simply want to
be be more curious about your frightened thoughts and feelings
than you want to believe in them. If you follow this simple but
Higher Instruction, not only will you start to see these habitual
reactions that have been keeping you scared and running, you'll
actually start seeing through them."
Notice how Guy says,
"...not only will you start to see these habitual reactions
that have been keeping you scared and running, you'll actually
start seeing through them"
Seeing through the fear is
what frees us.
The moment we become aware - in other words fully conscious
of what's really going on in our lives, in that instant,
we have freed ourselves. If on the other hand, when we
allow our egos to "run scared", and react in fear,
we've already been deceived - even before we've had a
chance to move forward.
Today, practice this wisdom in your life. Step back for a moment
from your thoughts and notice that you are the thinker of your
thoughts, not the thoughts themselves...
Breathe, and just watch like you're watching a movie...
Notice the actors on the stage... You, your boss, your family,
your friends, and notice how each interacts, but watch from
the audience - or from above the stage. Picture this in
your mind now...
You're now becoming aware of how you're not at the mercy of any
event. Your True Self now shines through and your false
self realizes that struggling won't work any longer.
Q. "How do I know the difference between my True self
and my false self" (ego)?
Answer. Ask yourself, "Which provides me more peace?"
And sit back and watch and see how you react to your own routine
thoughts and feelings. As you can do this, the light of your
True self that once seemed dim will continue to brighten.
Q. "Isn't it better to just move on and not acknowledge
the past or the pain?"
Answer. Trying to move beyond a problem without first
understanding it (watching it ) is like asking for directions
from someone who has never traveled the land you seek - and with
no map. They have been using a map based upon ego - What I call
the "map of the ego".
Take a moment today and begin to notice, to watch what's really
going on in your life...
Watch, notice and become aware...
As you do, you are free...
And so it is...
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