Each of us has two voices that, from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, speak to us. One of the voices shouts; the other voice whispers. They lurch behind you like a shadow and give conflicting advice. One is the Ego; the other is the Higher Self.

What is the Ego?

It is your reactive, attached mind. Holding onto the past and worrying about the future, it is the self-deprecating voice that tells you that you are a victim of circumstance.

The Ego cannot create; it only reacts. “The world is random and accidental, and so is your life,” the Ego says. It is the cause of all pride and insecurity. Luckily, you have another voice to follow – your Higher Self.

What is the Higher Self?

I guess you could call it your intuition, but it is actually much more. We all have an inner guide, the eternal part of our being that is not restricted to time, space or external circumstances. This guide is our Higher Self, and gives us wisdom beyond our intelligence and helps us overcome the Ego’s self-imposed limitations.

How do you find your Higher Self? By shutting up, surrendering the Ego’s agenda, and listening.

“When Ego is lost, limit is lost.” –Yogi Bhajan

Our Ego talks a lot. Loudly. And most of what it tells us, including thoughts of worry and doubt, is mental clutter. If we’re not careful, we can mistake its lies for truth.

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Do you want to be more creative? Do you want a career that aligns with your purpose? If so, the first step is mastering your Ego.

Mastering it means trusting your intuition even when every external signal points to the contrary.

The Ego cannot be mastered overnight. It will push, pull and cry like a baby for your attention. But if you remain alert to the clutter of your mind, listening to your Ego but never identifying with it, the results – including happiness, success, and creativity – are worth the fight.

James McCrae

Hay House author and creator of Sh#t Your Ego Says, James McCrae has been called the Eckhart Tolle of the Internet Generation. His new book, Sh#t Your Ego Says, is available for purchase, and you can also read the first chapter. for free.