Most of us have experienced trying to enter a place only to find one or more humungous and intimidating bodyguards standing sentry and blocking the way. If what lied inside was truly compelling, we may have even thought of ways to get around the guards – and some of us may have actually been successful. Most of the time however, the blockers at the door were sufficient to turn us away disappointed.
Our egos serve the very same purpose. They often block us from stepping into the treasure chest that lies just beyond those doors. The difference between those hulking figures at a club or venue and your ego is that you actually control the side entrance that allows you to sneak by or to distract the guards long enough to slip past. Often however, when our egos step in the way, it’s like getting turned away at the door. But there are ways to get past your ego guards and discover and enjoy the true joy that lies within.
The ego has served us well as a means of protecting the soft and tender parts of us that lie within. But our egos aren’t real great judges of character and believe it’s their job to turn everyone away, even our true selves. You see they believe their job is to maintain that fortress barrier no matter how much pleading, begging, or trickery we try. So recognizing that getting past their firm and resolute position at the door, you need an insider who will come out and vouch for you. That insider is your heart.
Your heart is like the owner of the club who can instruct the ego to grant VIP entrance. The challenge however is getting the heart to realize you’re standing outside trying to get in. Here’s where the secret entrance comes into play. When we connect with our hearts, it’s like making a phone call to let the heart know you’re waiting at the door. The heart is the key to accessing that exclusive place of the spirit and soul. Logic will never prevail. It has to be the heart that steps forward to vouch for you.
Accessing the heart is as simple as drawing your focus to it. Research by the Institute of HeartMath shows that when we access and activate our hearts, it’s like having a secret key that unlocks the power of your authentic self. It is the VIP pass or the call to the owner within that grants you entrance to the treasures that lie just beyond the ego guards at the door. An important component is your true desire to step into this space. It’s often easier to simply throw up your hands when ego steps forward and give up. But gaining entrance is an act of persistence and courage. Most important is that once you’ve been inside, it’s hard to go back. Seeing your true self (perhaps for the first time) renders the protection service of the ego less important. When I do spiritual coaching, I often warn people that once they gain entrance and start to awaken to their higher self and true purpose, you can’t forget. It’s like Cortez when he ordered his ships burned – there is no turning back.
Our egos don’t give up easily though. And while we’d like to party the rest of our lives inside, we often must return to the outside world from whence we came where the ego once again finds value. Ego often gets a bad rap and this reflection isn’t about bashing it. Our egos serve an important purpose in helping us weather the regular onslaught of challenges. It’s like the winter parka that keeps us from being pelted by the snow and cold. But when you’re basking in the warm glow of your authentic self or in the company of fellow tribe members, the parka serves no purpose. So being able to use the ego’s services when needed is fine, but staying wrapped up in it 24×7 only keeps you from stepping into your higher self.
So next time your ego steps in the way and tries to keep you from being your authentic self, move into a connection with the heart and ask the ego to step aside while you enter the VIP lounge of your soul.
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