When we relax into the heart of our spirit- that inner knowing- we can enjoy much greater confidence and find greater ease in our actions.
Many times, we act out of a sense of scarcity or fear. We are so busy protecting ourselves, our egos, our reputation, or our finances. With a regular assault of us versus them in the daily news- our communities have also become a source of debate and separation. In the same walk around the neighborhood, we can entertain questions about our personal policies around masks, our philosophy around child rearing and our vote for political candidates. Let's rephrase that- often the entertaining has shifted from questions to listening to other people's opinions. Quite often, people are so quick to assert their own beliefs without asking us about ours at all.
If we operate out of a reaction to these words and ideas from the outside, we can find ourselves lifting up shields to protect ourselves from the onslaught or scurrying to figure out where we fit safely into the picture. We can suddenly question the manner and the way in which we were acting prior to the conversation. BUT, remember, this isn't spirit talking. This isn't our compass or our core talking. This isn't the true self talking. This is simple the ego trying to keep us in check so that we can fit into the social norms. This is the ego placing fear and doubt because it is reacting to an outdated story, it isn't a truth.
As the ego throws up warning signs, it is time to "befriend our ego" as Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. describes in her book, The Sacred Ego. As the ego presents us with red flags and that ominous soundtrack or that gut-wrenching defensiveness it has called upon for generations to protect us, we can turn, instead to the heart.
When we acknowledge that inside, there is a small child looking for protection, nurturing and comfort- we can see the Ego as a part of us that simply longs to be heard. Underneath that fear, we can ask questions of the heart. Why is this coming up for me? How would my actions serve my highest good and serve my community? Does it require bravery, authenticity, and faith- likely. Does it require a release of old patterns that no longer serve us- likely. Was there something in the past that triggered this fear?
Getting quiet, and asking our faith to guide us- we can begin to move through the world in a way that depends far less on the judgement or opinion of others. We feel more confident, more connected and less judging ourselves. We feel led.
There is a reason why faith and intuition has survived for so long and why the universe is waking up more and more to it now. As greater divisiveness presents itself, the light has to gather.
Let it start inside your heart and grow, let it spread. Move from faith rather than fear. Move with love.
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