Ego vs Spirit – You Decide…

Do you live a spirit-focused life? Are your decisions grounded in ego or spirit?

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 essence of 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.

Today Is National Letting Go of Stuff Day – Celebrate!

Today, March 26, 2015, is the day for all of us – you, me, and everyone we know – to begin the process of letting go of stuff in our lives.

National Letting Go of Stuff Day is a great day to begin the journey of change in your life.

This is a day to identify what you want to change (let go) and improve about your life, make the claim to improve it, and create a plan to move forward.

Next year, on this same day (fourth Thursday in March), you will be able to measure your success and progress as to how well you did with letting go of stuff in your life.

Today, as you begin your Letting Go of Stuff® Journey, founder Darren L Johnson is asking that you join us today on Facebook. Enjoy the posts, links, and take a moment to “like” that page. That way, when we announce the details of the 2014 National Letting Go of Stuff Day Cruise, you will not miss out.

The proceeds of the cruise will go toward supporting those who have survived domestic violence.

Join us on Facebook today – right now – and show your support for this important day and cause.

The United States Is In Great Pain And Needs To Begin Letting Go

Letting Go Cafe United States ChaosThis great nation of ours is going through so much tumultuous change and chaotic demise. External chaos is merely a reflection of what is painfully apparent on the inside. A big part of the chaos lies in our country’s inability to let go – as a whole.

I totally support the original intent and purpose of media in this country. I believe in its basic principle of Letting Go Cafe Media Impactheightening products and services to support free enterprise. I also believe that, when shared objectively, the media is a great source of news. The media also contributes to and enhances stereotypes in our country. They also help us to either let go or hold on to events from our past. Sometimes, and unfortunately, the media helps us to hold on to negative and damaging memories, when we really need to let go and move on.
Right now, there is much pain and suffering going on in this country.

Examples of past events are:
On the heels of the OJ Simpson fiasco and President Bill Clinton getting caught having a “non-sexual affair”, the election of 2000 was described by the media (CBS Television in particular) as being “history on hold.” Part of the reason it was dubbed as such was to give media outlets a chance to continuously report about that election.

Letting Go Cafe-Barack Obama & Mitt RomneyThen there is the most recent election of 2012 between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. There is no need to reiterate the negative, nasty, destructive, culturally insensitive campaigns and activities that surrounded that election. The ads alone were dishonorable and disgraceful, in some cases.

I don’t even want to get into the gun control laws, or lack thereof, in this country. There seems to be an increasing number of attacks on children by people who are gun owners.

It seems that United States citizens are losing sight of core Universal laws and values.

These are just a few of the events that create on going internal pain, suffering, and turmoil among and between the citizens of this the United States. It is a shame that this level of turmoil and dissension exists inside our government and our country.

Then there are the shows on television that “still” keep the mess up in the air. For example, Hannity and others like him are, for the sake of ratings, continually stirring up mess. Where does it all stop? At least CNN has moved on to more “news” related stories, or so it seems.

Of course we know that the media and our government is made up of individuals. In government we have individuals whom have been elected to represent the interests, values, beliefs, and desires of constituencies. Do they really?

As for the media, the escapades that are reported as “news,” that are being exploited by the media and the level of “news deception” are no more than a reflection of the suffering we are experiencing in this country.

People are in pain. People are searching for more. People are searching for Letting Go Cafe-I Want Moresomething to fill the void in their lives.

People are looking for that infamous four-letter word – MORE. Something that people have searched for thousands of years. Actually, even before the invention of the word, people were looking for it. I have spent years looking for it too. Along with discovering that four letter word, I discovered my life’s purpose – heightening the consciousness of those who want to learn how to let go.

Election 2000 represented more than just an inability to determine who is president. Election 2008 represented more than just the re-emerging of hatred among the citizens of the United States. Election 2012 represented more than just the insensitivity of our society.

These events represent a slow internal death that our country and particularly its citizens have been experiencing for years. Many people are dying a slow internal death and the murderers are:

(1) inability to let go
(2) lack of identity
(3) the inability to manage change
(4) inability to accept different values
(5) lack of effective goal setting
(6) living in fear, and
(7) an absence of love

What are your thoughts?