We are learning to discern between love-consciousness and the ego. Love-Consciousness is our being, while the ego is an artificial character. The ego is the fragile façade that covers our inherent perfection (our true essence, our unique beauty); it is born of the mistaken idea that there is something wrong with us. The ego creates the many masks we use to protect ourselves in a world where we believe that authenticity is not secure.

We associate the ego with pride and presumption, but in reality it comes from feelings of insecurity, insufficiency and insignificance, projecting a supposed grandiosity in order to hide our defects. The ego is not inherently evil; we require it to function as we mature, until we find our true essence.  When we unite with our true Self and incarnate love-consciousness, our brilliance becomes too intense to be eclipsed by the ego. At this point the ego dissolves naturally, just as foxes change their thick fur when the winter frost gives way to the dawn of spring. Intellectual understanding contributes little to this process: our eagerness to “conquer” the ego through analysis is like a dog pursuing its own tail.

Anchoring in your heart, you can witness during your daily activities, and your ability to discern between ego and love-consciousness, head and heart, illusion and reality, fear and love will naturally grow. By learning to be a witness of your mind, you will cultivate a greater awareness that will allow you to detach yourself from the ego. And in doing this you will free yourself from fear, doubt, destructive criticism and negativity.

You may have a revelation, and then ask yourself, “Does that come from my mind or from my heart? Maybe it’s my ego! It may not be a revelation after all! ”  By the time you have thought all this, you can be sure of one thing: the thought does not come from your heart! Clarity comes suddenly, in a rush of consciousness. It arrives with joy, with love, with power. Such is the voice of the heart If a voice within you says, “You do not deserve that” or “That’s selfish!” Or if it minimizes you in any other way, make no mistake: it’s your ego! You can feel the difference physically: the voice of love-consciousness is optimistic, while the negative thoughts of the ego bring you down like a piece of lead.  The most extreme physical manifestation of this is depression, which in its deepest form leaves us prostrate, so great is the inertia of negativity. It’s hard to give to the world when you cannot even get out of bed.

As you learn to witness the mind, it will be easy for you to find the difference between the thoughts of the ego and the intuitions of love-consciousness. It is easy to know your heart: it is joyful. Listen to your heart; give from your heart.

Isha Judd is an Australian humanitarian spiritual teacher based in Latin America, author of “Love Has Wings” and “Why Walk When You Can Fly?”. Watch “Why Walk When You Can Fly?” on itunes. Her website is www.ishajudd.com. Watch more movies and inspiring videos at isha.tv

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