Evolving Beyond Ego

You’ll learn how we can awaken and align with the “evolutionary self,” a usually dormant spiritual capacity within each of us that brings our highest potentials within reach,  how we can awaken this evolutionary self and keep it in the driver’s seat of our lives.

This lofty statement by Craig Hamilton was part of a marketing message for his webinar “The Key to Evolving Beyond Ego” that sounded intriguing and exciting.  On average I probably listen to 2-4 webinars a month and I’ve learned now that I either quickly gravitate to someone’s vibe (especially when you can only hear them) or I don’t, so many calls I jump off early or vaguely listen in the background while multitasking (since my subconscious is still picking up some of the information).  This webinar was different – I was entranced from the start and it was in the stories told by Craig that I really started appreciating and releasing the fear of the unknown.  There is a complete 90-minute replay if you’re interested in checking it out.

Here’s a quick overview of the ideas:

  • Step 1. You need to clearly see the distinction between the ego and the evolutionary self, with how it feels, how it expresses itself, and what its perspective is.
  • Step 2. Face the reality that you have a choice, that you are not limited to the security and the familiarity of the ego.
  • Step 3. You need to awaken to a larger spiritual context to your life, to discover a larger reason to do this rather than your own spiritual growth.
  • Step 4. You can’t do this alone, you need others who are doing this same level of work and you need to do it together.

So, Step 1 for me is an on-going (maybe lifelong) project. I really got a grasp on the concept of “ego” reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s book, Spirit Junkie, a couple years ago.  She explains ego as a created belief system within ourselves based on separation.  When we grow up and start to have experiences that separate us from connections, our ego shows up by attacking, judging and comparing.  When I catch myself in that state these days, I acknowledge it by giving myself a little internal chuckle and mentally noting “ah, isn’t that funny that you just thought X?”, forgiving myself and then letting it go by.

Steps 2 – 4 are interwoven and continue to expand and morph in all sorts of fun ways.  Here’s a recent and relevant example:

Every weekend for years, I was out on the town drinking…just because it’s what we all did (at least that was my perception). Then I decided I didn’t want to do it any more, so I spent a bunch of weekends doing nothing and not being social and that wasn’t ideal either.  And while not the easiest of times, making this shift to choose something different and get out of my habit felt right.  While I couldn’t know exactly what was ahead in the future, this was the first of many catalysts to create momentum.

Looking for new ways to occupy my time (other than at a bar), I took a chance to go to an event associated with Live Your Legend and met a bunch of people who were in a “curiosity of life” place similar to me.  Some people were well on their way in a creative path, others like myself just trying to figure out my passion and drive.  This was a big shift for me to see so many other like-minded people and one of the results is the site you are on right now!  I realized that I just needed to do something – anything, just one small step, and mere months later, I have a website, Twitter account and multiple blog posts!  My current goal is to share my stories with the possibility that my experiences and stories resonate with others – enough to make them take action – any action!

Will you take action?  What shift do you want to accomplish?  What is one thing you could start doing right now today to make that goal, dream or vision closer to a reality?   Let me know – I would like to support you.

~ Health, Happiness and Prosperity ~

2 comments

  1. BuddhaInspired says:

    Thanks, John! Appreciate the feedback. And I am well aware of those thoughts you speak of ;-) While it would be lovely for them to quiet down, they also provide some great feedback. So my focus is to detach from them in a personal way and just watch them float by. That way I am more likely to see things from a clearer perspective. Either way, enjoy those moments of silence!

  2. John says:

    Hi Nicole, it is so interesting to see all of the stuff you are working on. I have started spending about 20 minutes a day on most days with my eyes closed. I am hoping to calm myself and become more connected. I can’t wait to read the basics page. Hopefully, I can learn to evolve beyond chasing thoughts around my mind and trying to quite them with a little guidance.

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