Are you so sure of yourself that you neglect to check your facts before you open your mouth? Are you so convinced that what you believe is the truth that you fudge the facts just to prove your point? Are you so committed to others believing you that you would outright lie to substantiate your claims? If so, you need to realize that your ego is out of control. It is so committed to enforcing your beliefs on others that it will do anything to be recognized for its ingenuity, cunning and grasp of the ‘facts’.
You see, your ego surviveson the pats on the back it gets from you and others for ensuring your self-survival. It doesn’t care who it hurts in the process as long as it wins. It isn’t concerned with a shared or absolute truth; it only cares about a truth where it is recognized for being the one where truth originates. It isn’t your friend when it comes to the truth and others; it is the one that convinces you that you are right no matter what you have done.
It is tricky and will control, dominate and manipulate the ‘facts’ in order to carve an opinion based on what it wants you to believe. It is your friend when it comes to physically and emotionally protecting you from what it perceives as harmful to you. It knows its job quitewell and it will go out of its way to ensure that you are perceived as being correct, truthful and supportive of others; when in fact, it will sell others down the river to protect you from physical, emotional, mental or spiritual harm. It loves to steer the wheel and have you recognize it as the driver of your life.
What do you do to not be tricked by your ego? You evaluate its choices based on a barometer of Divine love. If what it chooses to do hurts, harms or maligns others, then it is only thinking of itself and its selfish agenda. The Spirit of God will always guide you think of yourself AND others; not just yourself!
It is up to you to regularly commune with the Divine to receive the proper guidance in moving forward for the benefit of yourself AND others. The result of this communion allows you to ‘check’ the demands of your ego and allow the Spirit of God to move Divine love through you and actualize your Divine purpose in Divine order. Be aware, be diligent and be loving. Give yourself a break and do the same for others. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)