Realigning Inner Drive with Outer Doing: How Soul and Ego can Partner Up!

Everywhere I’m hearing about the intensity life is serving up these days. I’m feeling it . . . are you?

The times we’re in have me primed for a Soul Reset to look at life through an inspired lens. I’m much more inclined to align my inner drive with my outer doing when I’m guided by wisdom, poetry and beauty instead of, say, the daily news!.

So for a download of the good stuff, Danielle LaPorte has rallied a whole crew of her wise and witty friends to contribute to LETTERS FOR RENEWAL: 30 Days of Courage, Conviction, and Hopefulness.  It all starts September 1, and… it’s FREE. Registration is open:

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When it’s time for renewal, the quiet voice of your Soul needs big space. . . first, to whisper what’s needed to get real and get rest, and next, to shout to your Ego about what needs to change!

Ego gets a bad rap. In spiritual circles, we’re told it needs to be the servant. I disagree. I believe it needs to be in conscious partnership with your Soul to reveal its potent gifts.

The Soul needs Ego, or physical form, for expression. Yet when Ego leads, your true self gets left behind and there is nothing authentic to connect with. When Soul leads, you may find that people don’t “get” you because your true expression is not yet fully embodied.

We need both Soul and Ego in full partnership – that’s what my friend and Transformational Speaker Chuck Roppel calls the dance!  When Soul and Ego are in balanced partnership, you are able to connect in a genuine and meaningful way with yourself, with others, and with what Life is asking of you.

To bring them into harmony, I invite you to enter into a dialogue between these two essential aspects of yourself in support of a fulfilling and sustainable experience of living.

A good question for Ego is:

“What am I failing to do because I am afraid people will judge me? Would you be willing to support me in doing something where the outcome may be uncertain but where I can grow my presence in the world?”

A good question for Soul is similar:

“What true expression am I not putting out into the world? What stops me?”

When I teach Transformational Speaking™, I applaud the Comfort Zone that most people seek. The comfort zone is essential because it reassures our Egos that we have our credentials and professional persona in place and are safe. But we don’t want to stop there! What makes us memorable is the HomeZone®, that place of inner alignment and trust where we share the truth and emotions of the stories that matter. In the HomeZone, we support not only our Soul’s expression; we also make a juicy and cherished human connection with our listeners. We need both Soul and Ego in full partnership – that’s the dance! Ego thinks; Soul feels. Whether it be speaking, writing, or business, your art is flat if it comes only from Ego. When your Soul is speaking, your expression comes alive and Ego supports you by giving it form.

Here’s how I see the contrasts. Read across the two columns and circle from 1-10 how you most typically function.

Would you like to align them in true partnership?

Ways to Strengthen Your Ego

Ways to Strengthen Your Soul

As you enter into this time of renewal, invite both your Soul and your Ego to become trustworthy partners to bring your full self forward, fully integrated and alive. Your Soul will find fuller expression, and your Ego will find itself in support of a higher purpose.

Enjoy the dance!

This exploration of Soul and Ego is one of many exercises included in my course,  Transformational Speaking Online.  You have within you a potent voice for change – and a message and a story that you and only you can communicate. In this robust 8-module Online Academy, I’ll help you connect with your deepest calling, the message you were born to share, and support you in speaking from that place of true alignment. I call it the HomeZone™- because it is where you come home to your true self. Join us!

2 Responses to Realigning Inner Drive with Outer Doing: How Soul and Ego can Partner Up!

  • Sandra Sell-Lee says:

    This is an excellent description of how one can live an emotionally healthy life, understand and act on one’s purpose in the world…and take responsibility for demonstating a life well-lived to others. My wish would be that every American voter, every candidate for public office, could see this and integrate this learning into their campaigns. Our country needs to hit the reboot button, and make choices about how we want to live together in the future. Our country’s Collective Ego seems to be out-of-control and dominant. We need ways to recover and strengthen and draw on our Soul selves. Conversations like the above will,help us all move forward.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks Sandra. How wonderful to apply to this to politics and consider our Collective Soul in order to move forward. Thanks for commenting.

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