Confidence and ego walk a fine line.
What is ego?
"That emotional and psychological knot in consciousness that is the fundamental cause of the sense of separation from all of life.” -Andrew Cohen
From the spiritual perspective, this is defined as pride, self-importance, and the narcissistic need to always see oneself as being separate—from others, from the world, from the whole universe. Ego is a love-denying obsession with separation, narcissism, and self-concern.
Why are some souls ego driven?
Fear. Fear that they need to be seen or heard in some way as they feel they’re below others. This is an illusion created by their own ego, their desire for praise and acknowledgement remains paramount in their search for acceptance into a grouping or society. Clearly the grouping or society make their own rules neglecting others and listening to others input, this is of course an ego that serves as protection.
What are the consequences of this?
The consequences are indeed quite severe as the ego-fueled soul makes an illusion that’s not genuine nor realistic within keeping to their abilities and knowledge. A social folly remains; this has to be maintained with more energy needed and results in failure as we can’t keep this illusional ego perpetuated forever. This turns illusion into delusion resulting in believing in our own made up reality.
How do I protect myself from becoming ego driven?
Protecting ourselves seems easy as we’re aware at the time of change of what we are about to embark upon. The uneasy practicality is our passion for what we believe in or hold dear to our hearts; this starts to outweigh, balancing reason or true purpose. Such is the feeling of rejection or non-acceptance within a world that’s not playing in a fair and true way itself, forces our hand to out shine or outwit our fellow souls. Working with this in mind we have to come back to our source, our soul, our purpose of being and growing.
Are we growing too fast? Are we even growing in the right way? With these questions and a true answer from our soul, we can then reign in our desire over practical belief and purpose. You only have to feel if you are, in fact, on your own correct life path.
Confidence or Ego?
There’s a fine line between confidence and ego, the difference being that someone who is confident about their ability or someone who believes totally in themselves without question. This belief is unshakable and is engaged with passion and knowledge for their soul knows that they’re staying true to themselves and their life path. Showing that you’re confident is a commanding emotion that others feel don’t question; they just soak up your knowledge and passion to initiate their own passion and recognize imbued abilities. This is inspirational and accepted in a genuine way as we feel this without fear or jealousy.
The confusion lies when confidence is interpreted as ego on the part of the spectator because they’re insecure and often jealous or fearful themselves, threatening their existence and future.
With ego, the difference is that the soul is fearful and jealous and wishes to appear confident with the persona and ability. Their social standing becomes the main focus which forces them out of balance. These souls are believed because of their strong will to be seen; arrogance seeps into the emotion to cover the imbalance so as not to be found out. The folly continues as the power from others believing fortifies them even more. The end result is at some stage we have no foundation or support which only leaves one way to go… down.
by Darren x8131