We all have divinity within. This divinity is the core of who we are, and it is this core, our soul, which makes us truly unique. Our experiences create our personality, but it’s our soul that makes us who we are, according to spiritual teachers like Teal Swan.
We can have a healthy sense of ego while still being completely in touch with our divinity. However, if someone has suffered trauma or abuse in their life, they will often cut themselves off from their core divine self because connecting to this part of themselves scares them.
What does it mean when someone says, “I don’t feel like myself today?” In this case, they are not feeling the deeper desires of their soul; instead, they are identifying with their ego – which is what we experience in our everyday lives. Our true divine self is the part of us that never changes – that is who we really are. It may take some deep reflection before you can even recognize your divine core, but if you look closely, you will see it.
This doesn’t mean that your ego is somehow bad; Teal Swan explains that the ego is valuable in helping us to navigate reality in healthy ways, which is why so many spiritual teachers affirm its importance. However, when someone identifies with their ego more than they identify with their divinity, their personality becomes very one-dimensional, making them extremely vulnerable during times of crisis or emotional distress.
During these difficult periods when our core was not being met, it started to cry out for attention – similar to a child who is starving for nourishment – creating the kind of suffering that causes people to end up in therapy. They feel so bothered by these parts of themselves because this part has been buried for so long it now feels alien – the person may even have adopted a completely different personality to cope with having their divine self rejected.
What can be done about this? First, you must become aware of your core, but don’t start being self-obsessed or demanding action from others until you are fully aware of who you really are. Before someone starts criticizing others for not living up to their expectations, it’s essential that they examine their own actions first and understand what kind of person they want to be in a relationship with before pressuring them into being something they’re not.
To begin this process, take time for self-reflection and meditation. You can do this in any way that works for you. All that matters is that you are honest with yourself. Eventually, once you’ve reached clarity about who you are, you’ll be able to start making the necessary changes without the ego getting in the way. This means not being needy or manipulative – but instead striving to live your life according to your values instead of imposing them on others according to your ego wants.