I recently read an article on ego and it shifted my perspective a bit. If you’re like me, the word ego equated to arrogance. I immediately visualized someone who thinks they are better than others, who lacks compassion, who is essentially ego-centric. Know of anyone like that?
Well, ego is the opposite as well. Ever feel like you’re not good enough, you don’t fit in or belong, that someone else is better for the job…essentially, playing small. Sound familiar? That is ego.
Whether you think you’re better than someone or worse than someone, ego is always at play. The reality is, we all have an ego. The trick is to see it, know it’s not you, then tell it to go play elsewhere, because all it does separate us from the one-ness that we all are. We are all divinity. We are all the uni-verse. We are all beauty and light.
I often catch myself criticizing my appearance, comparing myself to others, playing down my strengths, hiding my talents…you get the picture. For years, I believed that voice was me. I’m getting better at catching her (my ego) in the act, but sometimes I fail. I started asking myself what I get out of playing small. A famous quote came to mind:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
We are all beauty, love, and light. Shine on and shine bright!