Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us…
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
Why, oh, why, then is it so difficult for most of us to believe and acknowledge this?
In the yoga world, we talk a lot about the Self and the ego. I used to think that I needed to work hard to recognize the Self (the divine presence) in myself. That I might be the Light of Love and Truth and Divine in any way seemed a huge stretch. Me? ME? Flawed me? Unworthy me? ME? Who was I kidding? It would be lifetimes, I would say to myself, before I could even approach something so wonderful and self loving as that. A few times, I thought, why even bother?
Guess who was telling me all this? If you said , “the ego,” you would be right. Of course, the ego is totally invested in bringing on guilt, shame, helplessness, and fear. That shadow side was ever ready, cloaking itself in oozing sweet words, so I wouldn’t recognize it. Hiding behind trees and jumping out in various costumes, to masquerade as a logical, reasoned voice. When the ego wasn’t showing off in cunning words, it was shrieking words so full of fear, I just knew I was low-down and a hopeless loss. At the time, I didn’t recognize that I didn’t have listen to that talk, entertain those notions, or spend even an iota of time analyzing whether or not they had merit.
The ego, that nasty voice of doubt and fear, relentlessly tries to convince us that we are less than The Divine Light of Love. If we really, truly knew beyond doubt, just how wonderful and complete we are and how much we are loved, the ego would lose its job. Imagine! Banished forever!
LESSON TWENTY SEVEN
ARE YOU THE SELF OR THE EGO?
Many years ago, I thought it would be useful for my students (and for me) to draw up a list of what I considered some of the attributes of the Self. This is the list:
I told everyone that these words express who we are, at our core and that, for a quick glimpse of the ego, just apply the opposite of these words. I felt as if too much attention was focused on destroying the ego attributes, that it was better to focus on the “good” in all of us. One of my students memorized the words and repeated them as she took her daily walk, letting them sink into her consciousness. She said it helped a lot. Another student dropped a copy of the list onto the backseat of her car as she left class. Sometime later, her husband was in the car with her and spotted the sheet. Reading it, he asked if these traits were something she aspired to. She replied (and I love this), “No. It is who I already AM.” Would that we ALL knew that all the time.
Here is an exercise for the week:
- Take any one or all of the words and see how they manifest within you.
- When doubt arises, remember that it is only the ego throwing water on your parade, diminishing you.
- The Divine Self is naturally perfect. That is how you are seen by the Divine. Don’t get mixed up in thinking the word “perfect” is “egocentric.”
- Apply these characteristics to others in your life. If you see them in this light, maybe it will be easier for them to experience this for themselves.
- Be patient with yourself. If your thoughts start running contrary to these attributes, try a little thought monitoring as described in an earlier lesson.
- Whatever your success level with this exercise, always end it with repeating, I LOVE MYSELF COMPLETELY NOW!
Oh, by the way, it takes some practice to “get this.” Be patient and kind to yourself. You might have already spent most of your life thinking just the opposite. It is never too late to change…
Let me know how you do with this. See if you aren’t lighter and happier! I am here to help, seeing ALL those attributes in you all the time.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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