Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
But, when I start taking things less seriously, my ego
panics. What?!? It says. You’re not going to worry about that? You’re going to
trust, who – God?!? Really?!? You’re
going to be open, to allow yourself
to experience things differently? You’re not going to do what you always did?
But we’ve worked that out, painfully. It’s not the best, but it’s good enough. How
do you really know the new way will be better, or even work? What if it makes
things worse?Things are pretty bad
already, aren’t they? Remember the last time you stopped worrying and took
things less seriously, had faith, trusted, let go and let God? How’d that work
The ego panics and when it panics we get fear, a headache
and much worse. We get stressed out, can’t think straight, worry even more, get
paralyzed, want to and do shrivel up inside, want to disappear and die. Because
shriveling up, disappearing and dying is what will happen to the ego when we
identify more with spirit, less with it, take things less seriously, have
faith, trust, let go and let God. The ego will do everything from cancer to war
to keep us taking things here very seriously.
We need to expect the ego to react this way, understand why it
does what it does and be kind and gentle with it. The ego will always do what
it does. But we are not the ego. We are the decision maker that chooses between
the ego and spirit. We need not take the experience of the ego’s panic so
seriously. We can feel it, acknowledge it for what it is, take whatever action
seems best and most consistent with our intention to identify more with spirit
and go on. Ego panic is a constant on-going experience, especially as we take
things less seriously and identify more with spirit. But we can reframe ego panic
and learn that each time we experience it is an opportunity to double down, to
be kind and gentle with ego, but continue our identity shift.