Taking a recommendation from my esteemed partner’s Loving Lately, I have become a listener of The Lively Show. Episode #52 is a mini edition titled How to Hear from Your Intuition. The topic was inspired from a listener question, and Jess does a great job of giving a personal example in which she hears two distinct voices – one is her ego, the other is her intuition/gut – and how she learned to shut the ego down and listen to her intuition.
Jess has what I think is a unique definition of the ego. It is the voice inside you that shouts loud above your intuition to distract you from hearing your true thoughts, your true self. It may scream loudly about how amazing and invincible you are; it may shout about how guilty you should feel or how you deserve to have self doubt. It is the voice that represents our current understanding and skills that can cloud our judgement and prevent us from getting in touch with a deeper part of ourselves. At least this is my understanding – you can hear from her directly here.
People always say “trust your gut” or “listen to your gut”, but this was the first time I heard the ego defined as both a voice that can build you up or bring you down; but regardless of the direction its goal is to distract you from your inner truth. After listening to Jess’s post I was curious – what is my ego like, and do I ever hear from it?
Yes, yes I do. It went like this. I woke up at 6am, jumped in the shower, drove to the city to catch a train to NYC for all day client meetings. I worked on the train, which was delayed 30 minutes, so then I had to rush to the hotel, then rush to my first meeting and finally rush back to the office. I was in such a rush I grabbed a cab to head back to the office and I laid my new gloves besides me. (Can you tell where this is going?)
My intuition: Seriously? You are exhausted. put the gloves in your purse.
My ego: These are new. You like them. You’ll remember them. Trust yourself.
My intuition: Put them in your purse. Give yourself the best chance to succeed.
My ego: Trust yourself. You got this.
Who won? My ego. The gloves stayed in the cab as I rushed to exit the cab. I noticed as soon as I got out of the cab, but not soon enough to catch the cab before it drove away. And I just laughed. On the streets of NYC I was there smiling and laughing at what I had just experienced. I was skeptical of Jess’s thoughts, I admit, and rather quickly I was shown that I too have both the ego and the intuition.
So, I am setting out to listen to my intuition and trust it over my ego. Anyone else on a similar mission? Anyone have any good ways they use to listen to their intuition or find themselves plagued by their ego? Please do share!