Understanding Ego Behaviour
Ivo: Always be on the lookout for ego. Ego is the part of the soul that attempts to create unhappiness.
Me: It's simple, really. You have examined your behaviour and you tend to act in ways you've become familiar with. You can understand your reaction to things, you can pretty much anticipate how you'll react to something, can't you?
What if you were having dinner and someone sneezed in your plate? You know how you'd react, wouldn't you?
Let's face it, this isn't something that you'd really want to happen to you, but we know, shit happens sometimes.
Don't you love the person who says, “Oh, bless you, but I will take a fresh plate of food,” and then smiles because they know the whole world hasn't caved in. Are you that person? Would you take such a situation so gracefully? Would you help to alleviate feelings of shame and embarrassment in the sneezer by taking it so gracefully and being forgiving? Would you console the sneezer and offer them kleenex with a smile and a kind pat on the back of the shoulders?
Would you just have a chuckle, and laugh it off in a relaxed way, hoping that the sneezer will understand it's no big deal. Then order a new plate from the server without making a fuss.
Or would you be less loving?
Are you the one who would say, “Eeuuw, that's so gross!” Would you sit there expecting an exchange of words between the sneezer and the sneezee? Are you the one expecting a nasty exchange of words?
Are you one of the ones who sits at the table, laughs and then seems to enjoy this uncomfortable moment, maybe pulling out your cell phone and taking a picture of everyone's faces, hoping to get a laugh out of it on facebook. And then maybe adding a comment about what an idiot the sneezer is.
Is that you?
Are you the one who decides to get disgusted and exclaim your disgust out loud, embarrassing not only the sneezer and the sneezee but making everyone else uncomfortable at the crowded table? Do you not care whether your outburst draws the attention of everyone else in the restaurant and whether the sneezer is humiliated because of it?
Do you make things worse or do you make things better? Do you make mountains out of mole hills, or do you take the opportunity to revel in the fact you think someone else is an idiot and they deserve to look stupid for doing this?
Can you see the difference between an egotist and someone who lives from soul now? Is it more clear?
Are you trying to make things better or to make things worse?
Who would you want sitting beside you at the table?
The point has to be made, and Ivo has made it with us in so many ways already, that you suffer from your own vibrational frequency or you benefit from it.
The ones who are expecting a brawl, or who think nothing of embarrassing the entire table in public suffer from their own low vibrational reactions. The ones who have a giggle or who take it gracefully are the ones who benefit from their own reactions.
Let's try another one. Let's do my neighbour's recent situation. She just started a new job, had backed her car out of the driveway and was putting it into drive when someone came out of the driveway across the street and rammed her rear quarter panel. My neighbours have been having a tough time lately, many things have gone wrong in their lives, and they certainly didn't need this. Turns out the dent looks like it could be banged out with a baseball bat and bondoed, at least that's the way we used to do it back in the 70's. I think the damage is minimal because the gas tank and the rear lights weren't even touched. She hit the right spot if she had to hit it.
How do you react in a situation like this?
Take the opportunity to go ballistic and make her feel like shit?
Deal with your irritation and just go about the business of getting insurance details, names, etc. without making her feel unduly embarrassed. You might say this is highly inconvenient to her but you're not going to go overboard.
Understand that accidents happen, and have a more forgiving standpoint.
Let's face it, with day to day stresses, there is a challenge here. The challenge is to behave the way you would envision yourself behaving, in a way you would be proud of yourself. I know Ivo has something to say about this, so let's ask him.
Ivo: In fact, my love, when these types of things happen there are many energetic viewpoints to consider. There is often the energetic viewpoint of standing negative energy that has not been dealt with. Many of you have this. But work must be done to release negative energies within you so that your reaction or rather your action taken, in these situations can be of a higher nature.
When you have undealt with accumulated energy from past situations, and many of you do because of your tendency to find emotions inconvenient and your tendency to repress them, this energy will attach itself to the energy generated at this event, and will take the opportunity to unleash itself finally. Yes, that is why you have people who “go postal” or “go ballistic” or have road rage incidents. You are terrible emotional processors and that is because you are always asked to present your best face.
Many people go through a stressful day but do not take 15 minutes to sit and allow repressed feelings to vent. So they build up. Do you journal at the end of the day, writing about situations such as these and allowing your thoughts and feelings to emerge? This is the way of learning about who you truly are and where your ego is inhibiting your enjoyment of life.
Because the ego does not allow you to enjoy life. Only the soul knows love. The ego is fear-based. When people take pictures and then call the sneezer an idiot on facebook, it is because they are hoping that they never have to be in the same situation of embarrassment. This reaction is one of relief that it did not happen to me. However because you are charging your energy negatively, in fact something like this will happen to you, as you now have karma to rebalance.
Yes, the ego is all about karma. The soul does not accumulate karma. It vibrates higher than these cycles.
Ask yourself how many times you have acted out of charity, compassion, patience, humility, forgiveness, gratefulness and kindness.
Having an attitude of gratitude is a good way to ward off any bad karma in your life. Did you realize this? This will not require that you spend time paying off bad karma, or rebalancing negative energies you have charged and released into the ethers.
It is the best insurance any car owner can buy.
Me: Ivo, thanks. I know I keep saying how wonderful my car is and how nothing ever goes wrong with it. I've had it 4 years and every time I take it in for a regular service check, I can tell they're trying to find some way to justify making money off of me but they can't. They only figure I must do city driving, so they keep re-doing the brakes. I know what they're doing. Nothing ever goes wrong with the car!
Ivo: Precisely. You have them flummoxed.
Me: The thing's four years old. It's still low mileage but it runs like a top. Having a positive attitude goes a long way.
Ivo: It does indeed.
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