Master or servant
The role of the Ego is little understood by the bulk of humanity, we’d be better served to know more about what this aspect of our consciousness is doing while we’re not looking. The Ego give us the drive to succeed and a desire to accomplish yet without restraint the Ego gives us grief, literally. The Ego is much like a kid in a candy store of emotions, it’ll get into everything and try them all and the ones it likes are tried often.
The Ego is the primary player in lesser emotions like; anger, rage, hatred, envy, jealousy, blind ambition, betrayal, feeling hurt for any reason and much more. Fear is also on the list although this is so important to understand it has its own spiritual challenge but the Ego plays with fear too. The Ego doesn’t get involved in Love, Compassion or Joy, those are higher emotions.
From the moment we take our first breath every system we have is set on “auto-pilot” functioning as it will completely without any input from us. The Ego left on its own without supervision remaining that way until we get wiser seeing what it’s up to. All of this is as it should be for our learning and growth. In time we’ll face the spiritual challenge / test to regain the leadership of a wayward team member placing this rouge agent Ego back into our personal consciousness group.
Taming the unruly Ego,
A very important step is to know what the Ego is up to. Seeing how it interferes in our lives and relationships is so very valuable to understand why we act the way we do at times. Every time we “react” to a situation this is the Ego hard at work, a button gets pushed and we respond without thinking about it. Taking action is a calculated response when we observe a situation and chose to make a plan. The Ego doesn’t plan to do anything other than react, this is what the Ego does best.
Having seen the Ego’s game, refusing to dance on a string pulled by the Ego puts us back into the position of being in charge. Every time we find ourselves “reacting” to a situation we are called to stop and tell the Ego “not this time, I’m not playing anymore.” It’s just that simple but as the saying goes “it’s simple but it’s not easy.” This spiritual challenge of the Ego requires perhaps more due diligence than many other spiritual test other than Fear which is for many the hardest to face.