When the Ego Interferes with the Voice of Divine Guidance
You are becoming more knowledgeable and you are learning to discern the difference between the lower self's voice and the voice of divine guidance. With practice, you will begin to trust yourself and your angels. With this renewed trust you will follow the voice of divine guidance and you will take action accordingly. When this happens, don't be surprised if your ego's voice gets stronger. It will want to interfere and hold you back from further joy, happiness, and confidence.
A great example of this would be you've consulted with your angels about changing careers and you feel confident about following your passion and pursing a job in photography. You have received validation from your angels and you've experienced synchronistic events confirming your decision. You start the process of looking for possible job opportunities and, right then, the ego's voice kicks in and gets stronger. It says, “Who do you think you are?” “You don't have enough experience.” “You'll never make enough money to support yourself.”
The question is, now what do you do? Take a time-out. Sit in contemplation and ask yourself, “Where is this voice coming from, a place of love or fear?” Then sit with your angels and ask for divine guidance and the support and courage to follow it. Divine guidance will always be consistent, it will never waiver from the truth and the best possible outcome. Ask the angels for continued confirmation that you are on the right path and practice ignoring the voice of the ego.
Simplified Fear Versus Love
It's easier than you think. When simplified, the ego is fear and the angels are love. An easy way to discern where your guidance is coming from is to reflect on this question: “Is what I am hearing or feeling coming from a place of love or fear?” The angels only answer your prayers from love.
In Karen Paolino's first book What Would Love Do? Live a Life Guided by the Miracles of Love, the participant spends forty days asking the simple question: “What would love do?” She discovered that this simple, yet powerful, question can empower her to make choices and decisions based on love versus fear. It can create transformation and positive change in every aspect of her life. Throughout the book there are miraculous stories of people who received answers of divine guidance by asking this simple question. It proves that anyone can receive messages of divine guidance if they only ask, listen, and discern.
Another way to understand the ego is to look at the word “fear” in the following way: F.E.A.R, False Evidence Appearing Real. Think about it. Many times you are feeling fear in a given moment and you can't justify where the feeling of fear is coming from. The next time you are afraid, ask yourself, “Is this real?”
When you want to hear the answer of divine guidance for yourself, ask the simple questions, “What would love do?” or “What would love say?” If you want to understand how the ego would answer your question, ask the simple question, “What would fear do?” or “What would fear say?”
Here is an exercise to practice discerning the voice of fear versus love:
On a piece of paper, write two questions you would like the angels to answer. Leave enough space between the questions so you can write your answers.
Now look at your first question and ask yourself and respond to the questions, “What would fear do?” or “What would fear say?” Write your answer down.
Now take a deep breath and let that go. Read the same question again and ask yourself and respond to the questions, “What would love do?” or “What would love say?” Write the answer down.
Repeat the same steps for your other question.
Look at your answers and ask yourself, “Which answer feels better and which do I choose to follow?”
The more you can practice this simple question, the more you will discover that you can find the divine answer to any question. It is that simple.
To continue learning about the difference between the voice of your ego (fear) and the voice of divine guidance (love), take some time for reflection. Get your journal or a piece of paper and first, write down a time in your life when you listened and acted upon the voice of your ego (fear). You might have felt confused about making your decision or maybe you felt a tightness, or knot, in the pit of your stomach. You didn't have a good feeling about it, you ignored your feelings and you acted against your intuition. What was the outcome of your decision and how did it feel?
Next, reflect on a situation in your life when you listened to your intuition and it came from the higher voice of love or divine guidance. In this circumstance, your decision was based on following your heart or maybe you just had a good feeling about something or someone and you acted on it. Everything fell into place with this decision. What was the outcome and how did it feel?
When you follow the ego's path you will experience indecision, confusion, and sometimes chaos. It may feel like a rollercoaster ride. You might experience resistance from others or your actions along the way may feel blocked, as if you keep hitting detours in the road. Pay attention to your thoughts and if you feel stress, procrastination, or any other uneasy feelings, you are on the path of your ego.
Your ego is smart and sly like a fox. When you start listening to the angels and you follow their guidance, the ego will try to step in and change your mind with thoughts of fear, doubt, and insecurity. When this happens, recognize it and ask the angels for reassurance. Ask them to help you tune into the messages of love versus the messages of fear.
When you follow the path of divine guidance everything falls into place. You experience magic, synchronicity, and everything you need appears with ease. You feel peaceful, excited, and inspired. You have this inner knowing to keep moving forward, you trust you're not alone, and you know everything's going to work out.
The key is to recognize and feel the difference between the two paths. Once you have this discernment, you feel empowered with wisdom to choose the path of least resistance. The path of love and divine guidance will always lead you to a better place.