Is the ego an illusion?

Many people never experience their True Divine Nature because of the ego. The ego creates a sense of separation from who we truly are. The good news is that mindfulness can help us recognize and release these limiting thoughts.

In this episode, I sit down with Mark Romero on the Harmonize Your Life podcast. We discuss how you can stop seeking and start experiencing your true divine nature, become free of the ego, and how to open your eyes to the miracles around you each day.

You’ll learn:

  • How to overcome the ego and connect with the Divine
  • Transformative teachings on inner peace and healing
  • The spiritual benefits of embracing diversity and unity
  • How the ego works and what you can do to overcome it
  • Ways to find peace in a world filled with fear
  • The fastest path to finding joy in the journey to awakening

Key Moments: 

  • 00:02:01 Discovering A Course in Miracles
  • 00:03:15 Maureen’s transformative experience with forgiveness and spiritual awakening
  • 00:08:38 Revelations and a near-death experience
  • 00:15:40 Embracing the miracles of everyday life 
  • 00:19:27 The concept of the human condition and the battle within
  • 00:22:09 How the voice of the ego works
  • 00:24:46 The biggest obstacle to achieving oneness
  • 00:26:32 How to start understanding the ego 
  • 00:32:41 The dream of separation and the challenge of finding peace
  • 00:39:17 What is effortless enlightenment?
  • 00:44:16 Exploring the voice of miracles
  • 00:47:03 Uncovering the greatest miracle in the world 
  • 00:49:26 How to discover effortless enlightenment 
  • 00:51:37 Ways to navigate the phases of miracle mastery
  • 00:52:51 How to use effortless enlightenment to connect to our True Selves
  • 00:54:38 How we can learn to unveil the masterpiece within each individual
  • 00:55:10 Closing remarks and takeaways 

Ways your Ego is Running Your Life
Are you letting your ego run your life? The #1 obstacle to stepping into Oneness and connection with our True Self is the ego. I define the ego as the joke we forgot to laugh at—a cosmic game of hide and seek where we forget our Divinity and spend a lifetime trying to remember and experience it. Unfortunately, fighting the ego only makes it stronger because the ego is prone to defense so in order to maintain a sense of control, it always speaks first, fueling thoughts that lead to feelings of separation and the need to win or have the upper hand. The solution lies in seeing it as a playful puppy that is trying to keep us safe in its perceived world of separation.

The Power of “A Course in Miracles”
The book that changed my life was A Course in Miracles. It spoke to me on a deep level, prompting me to embark on a personal journey guided by its 365 lessons. My dedication to understanding and applying these lessons was a testament to my commitment to growth. The crux of A Course in Miracles is that forgiveness is key to spiritual awakening and to living a liberated life. So, not surprisingly, while studying the lessons, my turning point came during a profound moment of self-forgiveness. I realized that I was the common denominator in all my life’s grievances and that forgiving myself was the key to moving forward. This act of self-forgiveness was the turning point that led to what was inwardly told to me was the experience of “the Great Resolve.”

One Problem, One Solution
I believe in the idea of one problem and one solution. The problem is we have forgotten our Divine Nature, and the solution is remembering our Divine Nature, which is Unconditional Love. By viewing everything as either Love or a call for Love, we can change our perception of the world and embrace diversity and different perspectives as part of the Divine experience.

Finding Peace in a Fearful World
A lot of people I meet say it’s almost impossible to find peace in a world filled with fear. And although it may be difficult to find true peace, it’s still possible. The first step is recognizing that we can only find True Peace within ourselves – our True Nature abides in a state of perpetual Peace. Life, as we experience it as humans, is a dream of separation from that True Peace.

The second step is understanding that pain can serve as a doorway to awakening. It’s like a cattle prod, prodding us onto a path that can align us with our True Nature.

Once you are aware of these two steps… It’s much easier to put pain into the proper perspective and then (with a bit of practice) consciously shift your perspective to align with a more peaceful perspective – that life is happening for us, not to us, and pain can be a catalyst for awakening.

The Path to Effortless Enlightenment
What is effortless enlightenment? I define it as the recognition of the vast part of ourselves that already lives in Perfect Peace and Awareness. Yes, a small part of your Inner Self lives in peace. And the way to unlock this inmost part of yourself is to pay attention to the small still Voice that calls you home and to embrace Unconditional Love in challenging situations. Sounds like a lot of work, right? But it’s not. It’s primarily a shift in perception. And It just takes a little practice and you’ll get there.

Parting Thoughts
Today’s conversation was a deep dive into the transformative power of self-forgiveness, the role of the ego, and the journey toward effortless enlightenment. I share insights that offer a new perspective on navigating the challenges of the ego, finding peace in a world filled with fear, and embracing a path of love and awareness. Join me as we continue to explore these themes and apply them to our lives, stepping into our next greater and grander expression.