Almost everyone has heard of the term “ego”. Merriam Webster gives us these two definitions. “1. self-esteem 2. : one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality.” Books like “Conversations with God” give us the impression that “ego” is always detrimental. We see this in some of our politicians whose self worth is easily challenged by criticism. We’ve all likely seen this in ourselves when we over-react and give too much energy to criticism from another. We can also see this when it takes us away from knowing that we are all a part of the whole, that we are all god-sparks of the divine. This seems to apply to Merriam Webster’s first definition of ego.
However, is ego always bad for us? I was listening to a wonderful guest speaker last evening for the Columbus Philosophical Society named Avery Solomon. One of the many things he shared reminded me of the value of ego that applies to Merriam’s second definition. It seems to me that ego has it’s value in our passions, in our story, in our uniqueness. He reminded me of that. He pointed out that as we grow our souls, we get more unique, not less. I found that to be an interesting concept. In other words, uniqueness is gained from many lifetimes. I personally believe that our ego is also important when we are passionate about something. Passion to me indicates a desired direction in our pre-birth plans.
So I believe that ego has it’s place. We certainly need to learn how to get it out of the way when it is bringing in negative emotions or reactions. Balancing emotionally is important. As a medium, it’s a very important lesson to get ego out of the way when giving message. That is an essential skill. However, when it reveals our passions, it guides us along our plan. It helps us go in the flow. That has value. I believe that everything in this world can work for the good, even our egos. Does this make sense? What do you think?
Love and Light,
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Thanks for your definition of ego. We often discuss a complex concept such as ego using totally different meanings for the word being discussed. Your article uses the definitions in a clear manner.