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Sitting here ready to write but with no words, laptop nestled in my lap, the living room dimly lit, I notice it is outdated but cozy as I searched my mind, maybe my soul for inspiration. How do I reach you, the reader? What do you need from me to help advance your thought process, enlightenment, or self? I was gazing out the window watching the shadows change across my lawn as the day grew darker with the impending night and it reminded me of how without the balance of day and night, we would not have the earth as we know it. Nature is perfectly balanced. Then Spirit impressed upon me the importance of balance in our lives. The importance of balance with our Ego.
Ego. Defined in psychoanalysis as 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. Yet in the philosophy of metaphysics, it is defined as a conscious thinking subject. Why does it matter?
In this aspect, I like to view the ego not from the Freudian identification of Id, Ego, and Super Ego but from the psychoanalytic theory, that portion of the human personality that is experienced as the “self” or “I” and is in contact with the external world through perception.
Now just like Themis’ scale the ego and perception must balance each other. If you really think about it, Themis is said to be the mother of Prometheus and bestowed upon his knowledge. So, in this reality, the gift of knowledge came from Themis which means to gain knowledge ego and perception must be balanced!
Ego can be beneficial, and it changes with the perception of every situation. When our ego is in constant flux based on perceptions it makes balance difficult. To gain balance one must learn to develop and grow while maintaining and assessing each situation. Master control like you would over a petulant child, setting boundaries and keeping yourself in check even when the situation pushes you deep into bravado. Do not allow the perception to dictate your ego, this is when control and self are lost.
In my spiritual journey, within the growth of my relationship with Spirit, Self, and my abilities I grieved my Ego after its brutal death. This is life, to advance within our Spiritual journey we do need to experience this death, the slaughter of what we thought we were. The death of our Ego as we grow in our spiritual journey just allows us to let go. Letting go, and dropping off perceptions instilled in us by society allows us to move into who and what Spirit has always planned, making us one with our journey.
This is not an easy process. You will become insatiable for the truth, the light, to be free – it will be worth it, and you are not alone. Master yourself, one process at a time, and live your truest life.
“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” – Epicurus
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I am here, sending you inspiration, insight, and strength for what lies ahead in your own self-discovery and connection with Spirit. I hope somewhere between the lines of what I share and don’t fully say you find inspiration and revelations about yourself and your own journey. Please, if so inspired leave a comment. Your feedback will help me better generate topics suited to you, the reader.
Written by: Steph
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