We’ve all heard of the word ego and that it is bad. However I don’t think we all really understand the ego or how destructive it can be.
Ego means self. In psychology, it is the central part of the mind. The mind controls the body and every action, hence the ego controls us.
Ego is the feeling of self-importance. It is the same as pride. The opposite being humility.
In the Bible, and I believe other Holy Books as well, we are advised to die to the self.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 (KJV)
The ego is also known as the lower self or the false self. What this means is that we have two selves within. There is the higher self, the true self, that is the Soul. It is the self that’s good and when in control can lead man back to his creator. The other being the ego.
The ego is what control most people daily. It controls our minds and makes us identify with it as who we really are.
The ego by nature is selfish, self-centered. It is what makes us always want to be right. What makes us think ourselves better than others. It is what makes us boastful of the things we have.
To be able to die to the self, we must first disidentify with our minds. The ego controls the mind. The thoughts in your head are actually not from you(the higher self) but from the ego.
We may all at one point have experienced the idea of two voices in our head, both encouraging you to take opposite actions. That’s usually a battle between the true self and the false self.
Have you ever been in a situation that you really wanted to stop or change? Consciously you are aware let’s say smoking is bad for you and you really want to quit it but you can’t? And you feel weak, without the power yet to quit it? That’s the ego in control.
If you were really in charge of your being, why can’t you do what you want to to do?
We need to acknowledge our ego is not us, and that it brings nothing good and so we should discontinue to identify with it.
Do you think you are better than someone? Do you always want to be right? Do you often use phrases like, ‘how dare you? Do you know who I am?’
Are you self-righteous?
Next time you find yourself being so defensive about something, pause and ask yourself, ‘why must I be right?’
Before you label yourself better than another, ask yourself what the difference is between the other person and yourself?
Self – righteousness is when we see ourselves morally better than others. It is being full of ourselves.
By labelling others into a different category from ourselves and feeling better about our position is what the ego is all about.
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18 (KJV)
To die to self is to be humble. Humility is a holy virtue. Encouraged and praised throughout the Bible. Jesus is a true example of a humble person.
The humbled knows that we are all equal on this earth and all that we have is provided by God.
The humbled does not need to be right all the time.
The humbled is not self-righteous.
By being humble, we slowly die to the self.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10 (KJV)
We are quick to notice when others are egoistic, but hardly notice it in ourselves.
Most of us think we are humble, but we do lots of things everyday which are actions of one ruled by the ego.
Like feeling insulted because someone ‘below’ us approached us to propose love. That’s the ego.
We need to be awake every minute to the devices of the ego, to see it and to gnash it out.
In all our actions let’s try to be more like Jesus. He is the perfect example available for us. Let’s endeavor to know more about his life and teachings and emulate them.
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