On Letting Go

I recently had an earnest discussion with a friend who is trying to let go of many things that aren’t working for her. After I’d shared how I’d accidentally discovered how to let go of many deep intense things in my life, she asked me how I’d done it, a very complicated question. My gut’s response will probably surprise you. (Incidentally, I’ve been helped, er pressured, to jettison many things as Pluto has transited my 12th house—loosely, unconscious baggage—but that’s not the focus here). I hope this post helps you, too. Continue reading “On Letting Go”

Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements

4agreementsThis post offers some insights and practices for how ego and spirit can work together to empower you in relationship to your self and, by extension, to other people and the universe. These practices have helped me to create immense freedom for myself, and I give this freedom to other people, which creates joy and more harmony in the world. This series extends Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, which I’ll summarize here and build on.

The Four Agreements is a kind of handbook of ancient Toltec wisdom, and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read it, Toltec Spirit has an excellent summary. I find that the book offers a rare approach to relating to oneself and other people through the four agreements, which are practices that help readers live with more spirit. Ruiz doesn’t refer to ego and spirit, but his stated goal is to help readers live with spirit, to take back what they lost during “domestication.” The four agreements are: Continue reading “Ego and Spirit in Relationship: The Four Agreements”

Unconscious and Dreams

I have learned that Unconscious can extend my awareness very far beyond Ego. I have learned so much from dream interpretation, and I am humbled by it.

I associate Ego most closely with my intellect and conscious mind, so I’m most aware of Ego. I became aware of Unconscious in stages, and I have found that Unconscious enriches my awareness and life incredibly. Continue reading “Unconscious and Dreams”

Ego and Universe

I approach Ego and Universe as a sort of balance, and my current context around “Ego” is mostly Jungian. So I use Ego to refer to the part of myself that is into survival, so he’s got a strong zero-sum perspective. He is “egocentric” in the classic sense. He is very personal, takes things personally. Life is all about him.

The universe is impersonal, vast, unknown, infinite. It contains all things that I can perceive and infinitely many things I cannot. I have found that I can create amazing joy by recognizing and appreciating Ego within the context of the universe. They seem to be opposite ends of a polarity. Continue reading “Ego and Universe”