“To make a change, you must have a new thought. To cement the change, you must take action.” Keith J. Cunningham
Our ego creates stories to “convince us that we cannot be at peace now or cannot be fully ourself now … The ego says: Maybe at some point in the future I can be at peace — if this, that, or the other happens, or I obtain this or become that. Or it says: I can never be at peace because of something that has happened to me in the past.”
When we become aware of our thought patterns and take responsibility to create them differently, we can slowly begin to see the changes that will alter our destiny.
Although that seems easy enough, because we are addicted to our identity, we will struggle to convince our ego that this new thought pattern will benefit our future. Your ego will fight you on every level, convincing you, that your life is comfortable, convincing you, that stepping out of this identity is too difficult when you are familiar with the outcome to every situation.
“You have to wake up and believe that change needs to happen in your life; there are old wounds directing our lives in destructive ways, and it is only by facing and releasing these old patterns that we can live with greater freedom and joy. To not work on these old wounds and simply be with the moment as it is, is not acceptance … it’s delusion. There is work to do more than to simply “surrender to what is.” Eckhart Tolle
“The acceptance of suffering is a journey into death. Facing deep suffering, allowing it to be, taking your attention into it, is to enter death consciously. When you have died this death, you realize that there is no death, and there is nothing to fear. Only the ego dies.” – Eckhart Tolle
When we allow our ego identity to die, we can then move forward into our true self and see how we have limited ourselves on this journey. Taking the first step is always the hardest.
Write down the areas in your life you would like to see change. Become aware of your thoughts and how they teach you to stay in this old identity. Learn to be still with these thoughts as they come in, and work on changing them to positive loving ones.
Challenge yourself to let go in one area of your life. Practice love and acceptance for yourself. Acceptance of ourselves and others, frees us to make the right decisions in life, allowing better outcomes.
Feed your soul with non-judgment, with love and with acceptance…this is what will starve the Ego, this is what will let GO of the EGO.