The Middle Self

Tuesday, Nov 01

I am as excited today as an astronomer who has just discovered a “new”, as in previously unrecognized, planet!

We spoke a little yesterday about the ego–the shallow, low-level self that is really an overgrown, petulant and spoiled child, with one mantra fitfully offered: Me, Me, ME! We also touched on the True Self, which is the purest essence of being, made wholly of love.

Obviously, the span between these two poles is extreme, to say the least, a gap too wide to bridge in everyday life, surely. I was journaling about that when I realized that there is yet another self–the Middle Self–the intermediary between the two.

This is the voice of reason, of compassion, of calm. This is the self that creates and attracts. The one, as mentioned yesterday, who steps forward in a crisis and takes over. This is the self who whispers, even in deepest sorrow, “Everything will be all right.”

Furthermore, there is a signal system. If you feel frustrated, annoyed, resentful, petty, or sad, the ego is in charge. It is like a frantic jester, cavorting desperately to keep your attention on it and it alone. Sadness and pain are a part of the exquisite tapestry of life, but dwelling on them too long is the ego’s game.

Let’s wise up. Let’s become deliberately conscious of which sphere we’re operating from at any given time. Your emotions will tell you clearly whether you are on the ego’s ground, or standing squarely in the Middle Self.

It’s a mental shift, you know. It’s a choice. If it feels bad, as my friend Abraham says, it IS bad. It means you are snared in the ego’s shell game.

Step back, and get to know the Middle Self.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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