The Age of Aquarius demands that we change and change FAST! The one part of us that is not interested in real change is the EGO.
The EGO – the ‘I’ is the false self created by the Mind – it attaches and identifies to what the ancients called maya (that which is not real).
The Ego is like a monkey on your shoulder continually telling you stories about yourself and your relationship to reality. The voice of the ego sounds like you because it is so intimate and familiar. It has been sitting on your shoulder all of your life. Recognizing the ego is the first step toward taming it.
Here are 5 Flavors of ‘Monkey Stories’:
Comparison – keeps stories alive about how superior or inferior you are to others. This keeps you in feelings of insecurity or grandiosity depending on your flavor of ego.
Defensive – tells you that you need to defend your point a view and be right at all costs. This is a big energy waster – we are each a unique expression of the divine – of course we will see things differently.
Threatened – when the ego perceives its attachment to your role, property, beliefs as threatened it tells you to fight back, which only fuels competition with others. You are not the role you play, your property or your beliefs – you are a visitor here to planet earth.
Projection – the ego does not want you to look within, so it will project all of your denied feelings on others ~ never taking responsibility for the creation of your experiences. Conflict keeps the ego alive.
Claims or Blames – when something good happens in your life the ego will take credit – I did it – I made it happen. If something bad happens the ego will blame others –spouse – the government – the world etc. From the neutral yogi’s point a view, life is just happening and is neither good nor bad.
5 Ways To Tame the Monkey and what is the correct position of the Ego?
1. Go to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Classes
This technology is designed to bring you face to face with your own ego. The Ego cannot stand this technology. Be warned – before class – your ego will tell you stories about how tired you are – that you don’t have time and give you its ideas – watch TV, have a drink – hang out with your ego identified ‘friends’.
2. Stop Feeding the Monkey
Your ego is only as powerful as the energy you give it. You feed your ego with attention. As you ignore its constant demands, it will slowly begin to disappear into the background.
3. Stop Projecting Out
Take responsibility for your experiences. Bring it back to yourself. You are creating everything around you. The Ego wants you focused on the other and away from your power.
4. Listen to the Shabd Guru
The Shabd Guru is a special sound current that which cuts through the ego so that you can feel your divinity. All the music played in Kundalini Yoga classes come from the Shabd Guru. Akan Jor is a special sound current that neutralizes your ego and brings home your divinity. It removes negativity, rids you of your destructive nature and prevents harm to others by your hand.
Jor na jeevan maran neh jor Jor na raaj maal man sor
Jor na surtee giaan vechaar Jor na jugatee chutai sansaar
Jis hath jor kar vekhai so-i Nanak utam neech na ko-i
5. Meditation to change the Ego
This meditation allows you to observe your attachments and stop identifying with them.
What is the Correct Position of the Ego?
Destroying the ego has never been the answer to achieving liberation. Everything we have inside us is necessary on our healing journey – it’s just a matter of bringing it all into balance. The correct position of the ego is to help guide us through time and space. Problems start when the ego spirals out of control and becomes our master and not our servant. The ‘I’ is the ego – that part of you which identifies and attaches to the forms of the external world. The external world is the material world and also includes thought forms, belief systems, emotions and feelings. We begin to believe that we are the ego and all its attachments and this causes suffering.
Remember your true identity – you are a Spiritual Being of Light having human experiences. Begin to disengage with the stories the ego (false self) tells you about yourself.