A friend forwarded me Debbie Ford's latest newsletter, which echoes so much of what I've been talking about in Frequency. She says it nicely, and I thought you might enjoy it. I've edited it slightly.
Sometimes I feel like I'm in the ego management business — in the midst of finishing a new book, building two new websites, creating an amazing webspace for my coaches, leading workshops and trainings, making brochures, Twittering and updating my Facebook status, mothering, and more. It can be overwhelming and bring up the most earthly behaviors — mine and others. Of course, I'm in denial when they're mine and appalled when they're somebody else's. That's the way of the ego, the way of the shadow and its mighty defense called projection.
I woke up this morning asking, "What's the answer?" How do you get through life each day when you're in overwhelm, when there is more on your plate than you can handle, or when life is just not behaving as it should? It is your soul's journey to bring into balance all of what you are — the coexistence of opposites, the divine integration of the sum of all the parts. It is the soul's journey to enroll the ego in the quest for the ultimate victory — the evolution of your own individual consciousness. But the journey must begin by choosing between two forces: one has the power to lead you to new heights; the other can keep you pinned down to a past that is filled with limitation and dread. Don't be fooled. You're living either an ego-driven life or one that is soul centered.
The soul discerns with a laserlike sharpness. The ego judges and rejects with disdain and aggressiveness. The soul takes responsibility.The ego blames and transfers responsibility. The soul moves through life with grace. The ego moves through life with sloppiness, chaos, and drama. The soul feels good about who it is and what it wants and needs to sustain itself, to grow and evolve. The ego never has enough; it can never leave well enough alone or see beyond the current circumstances. It is entitled, confused and feels stuck.
The ego is tirelessly swimming against the current, while the soul sits back and floats in the direction that life is moving in. You're either being guided by your soul or driven by your ego. At any time, you have access to either of these lifestyles, and to all the experiences and emotions they bring with them.
So I realized that all there was for me to do in the midst of the turmoil was to choose the journey of my sweet soul — to tune in, to listen even more deeply and to stay committed to a higher vibration — the vibration of love, peace and success...my soul's success. So of course I'll ask you like I asked myself, "What can you do this week to make this human experience more loving, more honest and more soulful?" I hope you remember that, in the midst of an ego attack, you too can choose a higher vibration.