Our mental processes are not immune to the life, death, life cycle that rules our planet. Change and growth require sacrifice: require little deaths for our egos. If we want to change our ideologies, thought patterns, fears, and conditioning that no longer serve us, we must also facilitate and accept the many ego deaths that kind of work brings. More often than not, our ego will not like it one bit and it will throw fits. It will tell us that change is beyond us, that it is too risky, that it is too scary, too hard, too isolating, people won’t like our work, we will die alone and sad, we will fail. Eesh.
It is nasty business, this internalized fear and oppression. Fighting our internal predators is no easy task. Sometimes it throws us right into our rockbottom’s. Sometimes it feels like being run to the edge of a cliff. And what do we do from there?
We have a choice. We can surrender to the monstrous parts of our ego and give up. Or we can surrender to the voice urging us to try, to reach, to grow, ultimately to live. Do not forget that our higher self has predators of its own. Get in touch with that internal place of power. Surrender to the truths that roar within. Meditate. Sit in silence. Sit in the dark. And listen. When you hear it, surrender to the higher self and use its tools of acceptance and faith to pull you forward.
And when the ego roars in protest, face it with love and compassion, but let it know it is no longer in charge. Urge yourself and your ego to accept that all things have to come to an end including its reign over your mind. And when it persists, have faith in yourself and do it anyway. Do it in spite of the ego. Prove it wrong. Even if you fail, you will be stronger, wiser when it comes time to try again. And that is really a win.
Lay those fears to rest.
Because you are incredible. You have the power to achieve your dreams.
And really, is anything else worth it?