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What To Do With Your EGO? A Few Tips From Buddha, Jesus And Other Religious Leaders.

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Written By Drew Canole

What is The Ego?

Understanding what we call ‘the ego’ will change how you see yourself and the world around you. Your mind has been programmed to believe that the ego is you, but in reality it is just an illusion that we use to help us function in our world. In a sense, the ego is what makes us feel separate from other people.

As a child you were a fantastic observer. You may not remember everything you experienced when you were very little but it is all there. It has made you who you are. It colors the world you see and even dictates how you feel about certain situations.

Our ego is a cumulation of projections and deep-seated beliefs about our self and the world around us.

The ego is what helps you formulate opinions and judgements about other people, events and places. It was created over time as you grew up and developed your own views and speculations about the world around you. A lot of what your ego believes may have been built into you by parents or those who raised you.

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Even though we play much of our life through the lens of the ego, we are not the ego. We are sitting outside of the ego; a pure and whole individual. We are the observer. Although the ego is in no way the enemy, the ability to see the ego for what it is gives us a lot of power and enlightenment.

A Few Tips From Religion

Religions and spiritual leaders all around the globe teach about the ego and how to peel back its layers to connect with our true self and with God. They may use different terms but they are all talking about the same thing.

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In Zen Buddhism they believe that one should always consider himself a beginner. Basically, they believe that an open mind can help to stop the ego from becoming our identity because we are constantly soaking up new ideas instead of becoming stuck in old ones. Since we obviously don’t know everything, it is safest and most productive to stay in a state of learning.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

In Christianity it is taught that we should lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. Christians believe that if our hearts are set on the world and we pursue things of vanity, our soul will be lost. We will forget who we are at the deepest level. But if we put aside the “natural man” and focus on the things of God and of higher vibration, we will discover who we are at the core and remember our connection to the divine.

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“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Jesus Christ

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In Hinduism it’s believed that we rid ourselves of the ego by “serving others”. In doing so we forget about our own problems and pride and the layers of the ego dissolve. We connect with our heart and are filled with compassion for others. Through this warmth we find through service we realize that we are one with God and that the ego was a false identity.  

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Ghandi

In Judaism they believe the translation of ego in hebrew Yetzer Hara, which means “destructive force”. They believe we are created in the image of God and that his light projects onto us like a projector on a movie screen. The ego is what gives us freedom to chose, but can also block this light from God if we let it. In order to fulfill our purpose in creation we need to be independant and have the ability to choose light over darkness. We overcome the ego by using our freedom of choice to choose God and things of light instead of darkness and things of the world.

“We are surrounded by stars, planets, worlds of light, but we can shut it all out with one small hand.” – Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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When we surrender to God and the Universe, in essence we are giving control of our life to a higher power and letting our hearts be free. We are releasing ourselves from the bonds of expectation and perfectionism and letting ourselves enjoy the rush of the river instead of fighting against the current.    

Once you release yourself and choose to live life this way, any false beliefs and limitations you’ve thought to be true are going to slowly drip away. And once it does we will finally be able to see what we’ve been looking for all along.

You.

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Drew Canole is a Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality. He is the founder of Fitlife.TV where he shares “Educational, Inspirational and Entertaining” videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. Drew Canole’s transformation movement has grown to over 630,000 people, including Celebrities, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Development Gurus. He believes first and foremost that a person’s health comes from within and through his Whydentity process, Drew is able to create healthy and lasting change, both physically and mentally.


 

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