Personal growth

Intuition vs ego

Our intuition is a marvelous thing. But sometimes it’s hard to hear its soft whispering voice with all the noise around us. That’s why I think it’s crucial to sometimes take a step back and listen.

What is intuition?

Intuition is that inner knowing that it’s just right. It’s the gut feeling. But why do you want to listen to it instead of your logic and reason? you might ask. Isn’t reason more reliable and solid.

Reason can be a wonderful tool sometimes, but it shouldn’t get to decide between what’s right and wrong. That’s intuition’s job.

How to step into your intuition

To step into your intuitive place and inner knowing, all you have to do is feel what’s happening in your body. The feeling always tells you what’s right and what’s wrong. But you have to use your discernment. Let’s say that someone hurt you. Try to follow along with what was actually being said to decide if that’s something that you want to act or react on. Do you feel like reacting in a positive or a negative way? Your intuition always speaks from a loving place, so if you want to justify their actions with some vengeful reaction because you feel entitled to do so, it is not your intuition speaking to you. That’s ego. And sometimes it can be hard to differ between the two.

Maybe they didn’t mean to hurt you, but a childhood trauma made you hold a belief that it’s ok to hurt you and that you are not worthy of being loved. You still feel hurt which is your intuition wanting to heal you from that trauma. But if you feel resentment towards someone that means you’re not healed yet.

The difference between intuition and ego

Ego is a wonderful feature of the human being, designed to keep you safe and alive. So we shouldn’t underestimate its attempts to do its job. The problem is when ego is trying to steal the show. It only operates from a place of fear, and it feeds on fear.

Ego is always trying to mask itself as intuition and trying to tell you that you surely would feel good if you would tell that person off. If they are rude, why shouldn’t you let them know? The thing with ego is that it tries to protect you from what it thinks is dangerous and harmful. And it decides based on previous experiences. So if you want to let go of your attachments to those previous experiences, it’s a good idea to not let ego decide for you what you should do next.

So when you want to tell that person off for offending you, you have to take a step back and reflect on the fearful emotions rising up in your body.

Intuition never does that. It knows what is right for you and tries to show you the way towards love, forgiveness and understanding of the other person. It never pushes you to do anything, just gives you hints and nudges you in the right direction.

Watch out for ego

Ego is more like a screaming baby, wanting to get its needs met. And it has a lot of needs. And it’s a sneaky bastard as well. It will always try to get its way in order for you to survive. But it isn’t so smart though. So if you had a childhood trauma that made you feel abandoned for example, ego is trying to avoid any similar future events to occur at any cost. With intuition, if you listen to it, it knows that you are always loved, even if you don’t believe it if you have been listening to your ego for your whole life.

So the best way to discern whether it is the voice of your intuition or the voice of your ego that you are hearing is this:

Intuition always speaks from a place of love.
Ego always speaks from a place of fear.

So when you feel fearful or threatened you can trust that it is the ego part of you that you are feeling. Learn how to feel the difference when it occurs as an emotion in your body or you hear that voice inside your head that tells you to do such and such. Then you’re good to go.

Lastly I want to encourage you to always trust your intuition when you have worked up a good and solid relationship with it. Let it guide you through every now moment of every day.

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