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YOU ARE MASTERING THE PUZZLE PIECE "MY EGO"!
MY EGO - IN SHORT
My Ego is not my enemy: it is an ally that deeply cares about me. Its core mission is to protect me from anything, at any time.
To do its job well, my Ego has tons of qualities - such as courage, focus, tenacity, or constant energy.
Well positioned, the protection from my Ego is an incredible asset, available to me at any time.
MY EGO - IN FULL
My Ego does not have good press. It is primarily associated to being selfish and self-centred - up to the point of talking to myself all the time. Its translation from Latin means "me"! Still, it is much more than this description!
My Ego's mission is to protect me, and nothing can stand in its way to achieve so! Its protection materializes as my Ego (i.e. me!) talks to myself, to warn me. Accordingly, when I am with my Ego I am self-focused, as I converse with myself.
My Ego is not able to filter what is a real threat or not. At its level, it scans all what happens around me and does find danger - as its existence is dedicated to find something wrong and protect me from it. Accordingly, it does raises alerts all the time, as it is programmed to do so.
My Ego needs to be busy all the time. If I do not want it to scan for danger, then I need to give it another task. Typically, when I want to be present, I repurpose it to help me stay focused. It has a lot of qualities I can leverage: ex. never giving up, not taking “no” for an answer, being very attentive, strong will, curious, etc.
How do I know when my Ego is in control (versus me choosing to listen to it)?!
Typically when I am reinventing the past or thinking about the future, and reacting in the present with what I have constructed in my head (versus reacting to what is really happening right now).
My Ego's role is to warn me and make me react to immediate threats. It has no scale, and no notion of time. It wants me to jump at problems, with all my energy and immediately. Such level of emergency cannot conceive to be ignored. It is when I decide to push away the little voice in my head that it creates panic - as it is its only way to draw my attention. It is therefore not a good idea to neglect it. Not to mention that my Ego can also be very good at blaming myself and making me feel guilty - for not having been listened to!
My Ego can also be right! At times I do find myself in uncomfortable situations. Having it by my side is then very useful. It gives me its strength to react, for instance helping me set limits.
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