Life is a journey, an adventure. As we begin to experience life, we create an Ego. The soul is our true self.
Sometimes our ego can cause us problems, because ego is often competitive and sometimes it can create a delusion about who we really are.
Our decisions and the way we lead our actions should be based on our soul, not our ego. It is a real challenge to understand our own self and open our heart to listen to the inner voice coming from the soul. Our soul is comfortable with mystery, our ego needs to be safe, our ego creates fear. It is actually made of fear. Those who allow their ego to be the sole dictator of their behaviour live in a constant state of suffering. The ego only seeks out short term satisfaction, and external comforts that never last.
The Ego is the opposite of our true self because it makes us rely on others perceptions to feel good, and fear their judgement, be afraid of failure, and then, when things go wrong, our Ego automatically blame others for our situation in life.
The problem starts when we feed the Ego unnecessarily, with all sorts of neurotic ideas, paranoid notions. The Ego holds us back. It says, "You are going to fail". "You should stop dreaming". "You are not able to accomplish your projects in life".
Our soul is the counter force for the Ego. The way I see it, inside every human being, there are two opposing forces battling against one another: Soul and Ego.
The best way to fight our ego is having positive thoughts and a joyful outlook in life. I think meditation is also a great way to get in touch with our spiritual side and become deeply connected with our true self.
If we want to be free, we need to let go of our Ego, and embrace our authentic self.