One of the simplest, most familiar, and important messages we receive is to love our neighbor. Unfortunately, this is a difficult message for many to manifest consistently in their daily lives. A difficulty reflected in the lack of civility often seen between neighbors near and far. The roots of this difficulty begin with the notion that loving our neighbor is a choice. A choice built upon ego illusions of separation, inequality, and unworthiness with which we come to know…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on December 8, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments
Fred Rogers’ mom taught him to look for the helpers in times of great difficulty. A lesson for all of us as we face challenges in which soft targets such as schools, places of worship, stores, concerts, sporting events, and shopping malls can in an instant become scenes of unspeakable tragedy. Our helpers are to be found in many places and their love which promotes healing is much stronger than hatred, and the fear in which it is rooted.
Fred’s Mom was Right—Look for…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on November 19, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Our connection to truth—human and Divine—profoundly impacts our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Unfortunately, it is near yet so far away. However, if we are willing to look within to address issues involving ego power, flexibility, and vulnerability, we can remove ego illusions involving inequality, unworthiness, and separation which serve as barriers to knowing, living, and being our truth.
Truth—So Near Yet So Far Away
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Ego Energy #63—The Best of Our Humanity
Our Ego Energy is a mixture of three components—Power, Flexibility, and Vulnerability. The degree to which each is present or absent impacts the way we go about living our daily lives—humanly and spiritually. From the perspective of Ego, Spirit & You, understanding our ego energy helps us to ultimately live the great life we are meant to live! A life in which we are living the best of our humanity in concert with our…Continue
The journey to becoming the best version of ourselves often involves an important detour. A detour in which we must come face-to-face with a person we may not want to meet but need to meet if our journey is to be completed. This person is the lesser version of ourselves who is being impacted by unhealthy and imbalanced ego energy which will block movement forward along our journey including the spiritual portion of it, until we recognize and deal with it.
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We now live in a world where distance no longer insulates us from each other in times of conflict. The advancement of nuclear, cyber, and biological weaponry technology and the ravages of war fought with them requires a new policy to address international conflicts—Mutually Assured Survival. A policy which can be fashioned from the best of our humanity working in concert with our Divinity, while perceiving it in our opponents, to ensure peace and survival.
Added by Nickolas Martin on April 16, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Our ego plays an extremely important role in our life—survival. Its single purpose is to ensure our daily and mortal survival. Unlike what has often been written or said, it can exert a positive, as well as negative impact upon our lives, including the connection between our humanity and Divinity. Understanding its true purpose and potential for good can allow us to fully live and experience the best of what we and life have to offer—humanly and spiritually.
Added by Nickolas Martin on February 13, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments
Our ego energy tremendously and consistently impacts our daily lives. Whether we are interacting with people or loved ones, working to achieve with our abilities, dealing with stress, and many other areas of life, it is at work. Unfortunately, our understanding has often been limited to viewing it as the amount of influence we are willing to exert in our lives. This energy is more diverse and we must grow in our understanding of it to appreciate its true…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on December 29, 2017 at 11:38am — No Comments
We have so much to be thankful for is often a sentiment that is not fully recognized by ourselves. The main focus is often on “gifts” we have received such as family, health, employment, nature, or talents. But what about the gift of service we provide to others and ultimately ourselves? Providing an opportunity to help others receive what they need, grow in ways we may need to grow, and being the Love, Life and Energy—God Is, within our…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on October 30, 2017 at 8:18am — No Comments
Shakespeare poses a provocative question—“to be or not to be?”—within the opening to Hamlet’s soliloquy. A choice between the darker challenges of life or the unknown freedoms of death. But is that the question we must really ask ourselves? Or is the real question “to BE or not to BE?” A question asking if we are choosing, often unknowingly, a life-full (to BE) or a life-less (not to BE) existence, in the way we go about living our lives—here and now.…Continue
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Is Lower Ego Flexibility Damaging Your Relationships?
Lower ego flexibility within one’s ego energy often has a destructive impact upon relationships—particularly closer ones involving family members such as spouses, partners and children. These are the people who live 24/7 with them and get no break from them. A person with lower ego flexibility thinks in a rigid, inflexible manner. They believe they “own” the truth and often perceive their task as getting others to know their truth…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on August 5, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments
Is Lower Ego Power Damaging Your Relationships?
This article focuses on lower ego power energy and its impact on relationships. Lower ego power weakens one’s ability to participate fully and meaningfully in significant relationships occurring in our lives—spouse/partner, parents, children, siblings, friends and ourselves. It often promotes relationships in which we are passive, submissive, and overly dependent upon others. The needs of others become far more important than our own.…Continue
Added by Nickolas Martin on July 1, 2017 at 8:15am — No Comments
Is Higher Ego Power Damaging Your Relationships?
Lots of research has shown that a very important influence on wellness and the quality of our lives involves the relationships we experience. Relationships with our parents, children, spouse/partner, friends, co-workers, as well as with ourselves are a barometer as to how well things are going in our life –or not. The more our ego energy is imbalanced, the greater the chance that what we manifest within relationships is unhelpful and…Continue
The Most Important Relationship
As we walk along the path of our lives we experience many relationships. These include relationships with our parents, siblings, spouse/partner, children, friends, co-workers, teachers, and “God”. Each provides an opportunity to grow and experience meaning as well as pain and suffering. But which is the most important? From the perspective of Ego, Spirit & You the answer isn’t on that list. It’s the relationship you have with yourself. Many of you…Continue
The following is an excerpt from our book The Two Voices Within: Balancing the Energies of Ego and Spirit to Enhance Your Life. This piece puts into words what ego would tell us if it had a literal voice. It is these words that can give us a better understanding of the profound energy lying at the core of our humanity, while impacting our daily life, our ability to fully connect to our divinity, and our opportunity to live the great life we are meant to live!
Added by Nickolas Martin on March 28, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments
• Ego profoundly impacts your health and happiness for better or worse.
• Ego works to ensure your daily and mortal survival in ways that can lead to suffering.
• Ego has no awareness of itself but you can become aware of what it’s doing to your life.
• Ego has no awareness of God but can negatively impact movement on your spiritual path.
• Ego can be healed by you with ego medicine that can bring this energy into balance.
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God is not a “Who!”
What a strange title for an article. Strange for many because it acknowledges the obvious—God is not human. Strange because the thought is embedded in many of the religious teachings we have encountered over the years—God exists within the spiritual realm. Strange because we never refer to God in human terms—as having thoughts, experiencing feelings, having preferences, or taking action. Wait, Wait, Wait! There’s a problem with the last one and it’s also linked to…Continue
We have all had the opportunity to witness and be inspired by stories of people encountering significant personal challenges in their lives and came to overcome them. Some were born with a disability impacting their ability to see, hear, attend, read or learn. Some encountered life events which tore them apart physically or emotionally due to neglect, abuse or a life-threatening event. Some have succumbed to the influence of drugs or alcohol to create distance from their pain and misery.…Continue