Intuition VS Ego: Who is Talking?
When it comes to trusting your intuition, there is something that can get in the way – your ego. No, we are not talking about “being full of yourself”, but more about what is motivating those natural instincts. Is it really your intuition talking, or is it your ego?
Fear – If your inner voice is speaking in a fearful or anxious way, you can bet it’s ego. Intuition does not come from a place of fear. Scarcity – When you feel insecure, lacking, and have a scarcity mindset, it’s driven by ego. … Judgment – If your inner voice speaks in judgment or comparison, it’s definitely ego.
How many times, when faced with a decision or dilemma, have you been told to just follow your gut? Go with your intuition? All the time! That’s because it’s truly awesome advice. Problem is — it’s easier said than done.
Here’s why: Your intuition isn’t the only voice talking to you. The other speaker in your mind is your ego and it’s quite disruptive. If it were in your classroom, you’d have to move its desk right up front next to yours. And because your ego has such a dominant monologue running, your intuition can easily get lost in the noise.
Your intuition is coming from your experiences, your soul. It isn’t just for survival, but allowing you to become more fulfilled in your life. You are looking for self-expression and happiness. Your intuition is trying to help you find more joy. Unlike ego, your intuition won’t talk to you just because of some external expectation you had, or in order to help you gain fame or something else that isn’t going to really improve how you feel.
Your ego on the other hand comes more from a place of survival. These instincts are based on trying to help you find success, fame, and money. Instead of personal fulfillment, it is more about the outside benefits. It can sometimes come from a place of fear, as opposed to knowledge from past experiences. There is nothing wrong with fame, success, and money. These can also provide security and fulfillment in your life, but in a different way. There is also nothing wrong with ego – we are only letting you know the difference when it comes to listening to your own intuition, and understand where your gut feeling is coming from.
If you’ve been doing this work for awhile, you’re probably aware of the ego that runs a mile a minute in your mind if left to its own devices. Referred to as the ‘monkey mind’ in Buddhist scripture, this little voice likes to bounce around weighing in on absolutely everything forming judgements, opinions and beliefs that can be easily confused as truth. The ego began forming in infancy and is the basis of your self image and personality.
The ego is the voice of the subconscious mind and its primary job is to keep you safe. Though its motives are altruistic, its methods are obsolete in a world where no wild animals are about to eat you and finding food for dinner is the least of your concerns.
As evolved beings living in modern society, we no longer need to operate in this fight or flight state. Our ego isn’t aware of this though, so in any situation it’s always trying stay in the comfort zone to avoid any potential pitfalls that could occur as a result of a new experience.
How to Know Who is Talking
Here are some ways to figure out if it is your ego or your intuition talking to you.
What are you trying to gain or benefit from? Think about the message your gut is telling you, but more about what the end benefits would be if you listened to it. It is for your emotional health, happiness, or joy? Or is it more just for an external benefit?
What is your heart telling you? Sometimes, our gut and our heart have mixed signals. Pay more attention to your heart. Not your clinical mind and not what you think is most practical. But what you feel deep in your soul. The more you listen, the more you understand the difference.
What is the purpose behind your instinct? For example, if you want to open up a new business that would help your local community, that is your intuition talking. If the business ONLY purpose is to make you rich or famous, that’s more coming from your gut.
1. Self is that part of you which is connected to a higher being, while ego is that sense of self-importance that you have when you compare yourself with others.
2. Self is something typically associated with positive emotions, while ego is attributed to negative emotions.
3. Self is assured and quiet, while ego is loud and self-important.