Do you live a spirit-focused life?
If you had no television, no radio, no other people, AND if you never read newspapers, books, magazines, newsletters, email, etc., then all you would have left to guide you would either be your spirit or your self-made ego. They both inspire conversations in your head, better known as self talk. There is one question that looms regarding the ego and the spirit. It is: “Which one guides your life – ego or spirit?”
To answer that question, one must first discern how to tell the difference between the internal voice of the spirit and that of the ego.
I love the following poem. It was e-mailed to me in 1999. Even though the author is unknown, it hits the nail on the head when it comes to our listening and distinguishing between the ego and the spirit.
I whispered, “God, speak to me.”
And a meadowlark sang.
But I did not hear.
So I yelled, “God, speak to me!”
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But I did not listen.
I looked around and said, “God, let me see you.”
And a star shone brightly.
But I did not notice.
So I shouted, “God, show me a miracle!”
And a life was born.
But I did not know.
So I cried out in despair,
“Touch me, God, and let me know you are there!”
Whereupon God reached down and touched me.
But I brushed the butterfly away,
And walked away unknowingly.
There are basically two core emotions – love and fear. All other emotions are spun from these two.
Your spirit is the energy that you are born into, and it constantly speaks to you. Sometimes you do not recognize it when it speaks. When you overlook the spirit, and tune more into your ego, a struggle ensues —not with the spirit, but between you and your ego. Since the ego is driven by and thrives on fear, there is sense of loss and lack of acceptance that you might feel, as the ego looses control to the spirit over your thoughts and decisions.
The universe gave us a spirit to provide internal guidance. Yet, we have created another version of that spirit to deal with society and all of the various forms of information we encounter every minute. That other version of the spirit is the ego; a mere facsimile of the universal spirit.
The spirit’s focus is love. The ego’s focus is fear, and both exist inside each of us.
The question is: How to we balance the two in our lives? The answer comes in two words – WITH LOVE.
Love is the foundation from which your decisions about your life should be made. How different would this world be if more of us began every day by asking this question,
“Who and what can I love today?”
Living a “spirit focused” life will change your entire outlook on the world around you. Try it and you will see.