In my previous blog – Understanding the Ego, I mentioned ways we relate to our ‘personal ego’.
There is also a positive side to one’s personal ego – if used in the right way!
Each human being has been given ‘free will’ to think and feel as we see fit, and therefore, we have the choice to think and behave as a force for ‘good’, or in a selfish, self-centred manner!
- If one chooses the ‘good’, the mind is open to ‘inspiration, creative thinking, and being helpful to others.
- If one chooses the other, one is drawn towards materiaIism and self-serving behaviour.
Of most importance, is the ‘Motive’ or Intention’ behind the thought which makes a significant difference.
Let’s say two people offer to help you. One with the intention of genuinely wanting to help, and the other who’s intent is either to control or take advantage of you. The same outer talk, but with totally different underlying energies!
Often we hear people refer to the ‘vibes’ we pick up from others, or the environment around them. Most people have an instinctive reaction to ‘warmth or coldness’ coming from people they have met. I have heard some say that certain individuals “give them the creeps”, or their ‘vibes’ are awesome! The fact is that people can express the same thoughts, but with opposing intentions, and emit totally different vibrations!
The mind is a subtle, powerful vehicle of expression, and few if any educational institutions have taught us how to use it properly, so it is important that we learn to use it ‘wisely’!
When we learn to give of ourselves without expecting anything in return, we set in motion a powerful, subtle, attractive force which is unstoppable in achieving its goal!
Example: A few years ago on holiday in the USA, I met a young 19 year old man. He told me he gave his parents hell in his early teens, in and out of detention for stealing cars, personal belongings, drugs and alcohol many times before he decided to turn his life around. Then he told me he voluntarily looked for psychological guidance and was now a self-taught jazz pianist, and to me a great example of a special caring and creative human being.
You see it works, if we are really committed to making a change!
If we don’t give our mind a purposeful direction, it can easily become as a ‘derelict ship with a broken rudder, floundering in the the ocean of life’!
It’s up to us – our choice!