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Divine Masculine Archetypes: Reconnecting With the 4 Fundamental Energies

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Archetypes are everywhere: within you, within others, and they create the very foundation of human behavior. There’s no doubt that archetypes play an important role in our lives and build our character. Did you know that you can work with archetypes to increase self-awareness and boost your spiritual wellbeing? This article will explore four masculine archetypes and their importance in relation to divine masculine awakening. You see, the more you develop the qualities of these masculine archetypes and integrate them into your life, the more you will feel connected to your soul and life purpose. Therefore, it is so important to know and understand the fundamental masculine archetypes and how to embody their powerful energy.

So let’s begin to explore the four masculine archetypes and their shadow characteristics.

What Is a Masculine Archetype?

In general, archetypes are behavior patterns that aid and influence our mental, emotional, and spiritual growth as human beings. From a metaphysical perspective, archetypes represent different types of energy that form the underlying framework of our being. It’s helpful to think of the different archetypes like facets of a diamond. Each facet has its own individual expression but the entirety of them make up the whole diamond.

The positive attributes of masculine archetypes are the highest expressions of masculine energies that men embody.

Masculine Archetypes

In the book “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine,” Jungian psychologist Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette propose that masculinity is made up of four fundamental archetypal male energies. Moore states that the problems we see with men today–violence, shiftlessness, and aloofness–result from modern men not adequately exploring or being in touch with the primal, masculine archetypes that reside within them.

According to Moore, there are four major masculine archetypes: King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover. For a man to achieve mature masculinity, he must be in touch with all four. When a man is not consciously aligned in a relationship with an archetype, he is influenced by its bipolar shadow, often switching back and forth between the active and passive poles.

Based on the principles of SO LAN CHA, everything in the physical universe is subject to the laws of polarity. This includes the 4 elemental building blocks of the universe, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth as well as the masculine archetypes. The two opposing polarities within elements and archetypes can either influence us in a constructive or destructive manner based on the degree of equilibrium we have achieved within the element or archetype.

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According to Moore, each masculine archetype consists of three parts: the highest expression of the archetype and two bi-polar shadows of it. The shadow of an archetype is actually created by extremes in the polarization in the negative (SO) or positive (CHA). The goal of each man (according to Moore) is to reconcile and integrate these two bi-polar shadows to attain the fullest expression of the archetype. This integration, equilibrium, and achievement of harmony between these polarities are what we call (LAN).

Now let’s take a deeper look at each of the masculine archetypes.

#1: The King Archetype

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The King archetype embodies the energy of the Divine Father. He serves his family, his community, and the world. The King archetype allows a man to discover the Divine masculine energy within.

The King archetype combines masculine consciousness and wisdom. This powerful combination allows him to create. He is committed to serving others and creating a harmonious environment of prosperity and well-being. A man who has matured into the King empowers others through guidance, discipline, and motivation. He is capable of making wise and precise decisions.

The King archetype represents powerful energy that transmutes chaos into order and emotions into balance.

This archetype is connected to the earth element – the element of stability and security.

The King in his fullness possesses the following qualities:

  • confidence;
  • stability;
  • integrity;
  • security;
  • purpose;
  • calmness;
  • motivated;
  • creative;
  • inspires creativity in others;
  • wisdom;
  • recognizes and honors others for their achievements;
  • leaves a legacy.

When a man is not in touch with his inner King, he falls under the influence of the overactive (CHA) or passive (SO) poles of his shadow, the Tyrant or the Weakling.

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The Tyrant

The King’s shadow’s active pole (CHA) is the Tyrant. The Tyrant doesn’t care what others want or need; he only cares about his own goals and interests.

He possesses the following qualities:

  • selfishness;
  • brutality;
  • jealousy;
  • hatred;
  • deprecating;
  • abusive;
  • lack of inner structure;
  • sensitivity to criticism.

The Weakling

The passive pole (SO) of the King’s shadow is the Weakling. The Weakling gives away his power over his life to other people, external circumstances, or even substances. He may develop paranoia or a dependent personality disorder. He wants to be adored, worshiped, and recognized for his unconditional authority.

The Weakling possesses the following qualities:

  • lack of centeredness;
  • insecurity;
  • lack of calmness;
  • self-importance;
  • the incapability to act or lead;
  • indecisiveness;
  • anxious need for approval and safety.

How to Channel your Inner King?

So, how do you come in touch with the balanced side (LAN) of the King? Here are some ideas:

  • live and speak with integrity;
  • always keep your promises;
  • learn to create more and consume less;
  • help others;
  • establish your core beliefs, values, ethical norms, and life principles;
  • develop leadership qualities;
  • become decisive;
  • leave a legacy;
  • create a life plan and live according to it;
  • avoid the corruption of money, power, and sex.

#2: The Warrior Archetype

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Robert Moore gave the following characteristics to the Warrior archetype:

“He is always alert. He is always awake. He is never sleeping through life. He knows how to focus his mind and his body. He is what samurai called ‘mindful.'”

The Warrior has clear thinking and self-control. He is disciplined and has strong willpower. This archetype is connected to the Fire element.

The Warrior, in his fullness, possesses the following qualities:

  • a clear purpose in life;
  • strategic;
  • decisiveness;
  • mindfulness;
  • self-discipline;
  • flexible in his strategy;
  • loyalty;
  • courage;
  • clear thinking;
  • willpower;
  • self-control;
  • emotionally detached;
  • realistic;
  • commitment.

When a man is not in touch with his inner Warrior, he falls under the influence of his shadow’s active (CHA) or passive (SO) poles and turns into the Sadist or the Masochist.

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The Sadist

The active pole (CHA) of the Warrior archetype is the Sadist. The Sadist creates unattainably high standards for himself and those around him. He can’t stand weak, vulnerable, and helpless people; and can even be hateful towards them. The Sadist can be cruel, commanding, critical, and even violent towards his wife and children.

He possesses the following qualities:

  • violent emotionalism;
  • cruelty;
  • wanton brutality;
  • workaholism;
  • attacking;
  • often feels empty, lost, and bitter;
  • critical;
  • commanding.

The Sadist feels insecure about being “man enough” and projects this insecurity onto others.

The Masochist

The passive shadow (SO) of the Warrior is the Masochist. He is obsessed with succeeding and doesn’t like to take care of himself. The Masochist feels powerless to change anything in his life. If somebody disrespects him, he will not defend himself. He often feels stressed, overwhelmed by exhaustion, and self-pity. A man of this archetype dreams but never be able to act to make his dreams come true. He may hate his job or the relationship he’s in, but instead of quitting and moving on, he just tries harder to become who his wife or boss wants him to be, which leads to more abuse towards him.

The Masochist possesses the following qualities:

  • powerless;
  • loneliness;
  • inability to defend himself;
  • self-pity;
  • lack of personal boundaries;
  • complaining;
  • avoids confrontation and conflict;
  • always stressed and depressed;
  • feels powerless to make changes in his life;
  • lacks vigor;
  • tends to procrastinate.

How to Channel the Warrior?

The Warrior energy propels men to dream big, set big goals in life, and fight for a worthy cause. Men in touch with the balanced side (LAN) of the Warrior archetype are greatly needed today. So what can you do to channel your Inner Warrior? Here are some ideas:

  • practice martial arts;
  • do something that scares you;
  • meditate;
  • develop focus and concentration;
  • don’t let other people’s opinions control your life and affect your self-value;
  • find your core values and life principles;
  • participate in competitive sports games;
  • work on becoming more decisive;
  • develop self-discipline.

#3: The Magician Archetype

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Robert Moore calls the Magician “the knower.” This is the archertype of insight, knowledge, reflections, awareness, and thoughtfulness. He gives this archetype the following description:

“All knowledge that takes special training to acquire is the province of the Magician energy. Whether you are an apprentice training to become a master electrician and unraveling the mysteries of high voltage; or a medical student, grinding away night and day, studying the secrets of the human body and using available technologies to help your patients; or a would-be stockbroker or a student of high finance; or a trainee in one of the psychoanalytic schools, you are in exactly the same position as the apprentice shaman or witch doctor in tribal societies. You are spending large amounts of time, energy, and money in order to be initiated into rarefied realms of secret power. You are undergoing an ordeal testing your capacities to become a master of this power. And, as is true in all initiations, there is no guarantee of success.”

Thus, all knowledge, the acquisition of which requires special training, is the prerogative of the Magician archetype. When we are committed to studying any profession or field of knowledge, we are connecting to our Inner Magician.

The Magician archetype is connected to the Air element.

The Magician is the archetype that possesses:

  • awareness;
  • introversion;
  • knowledge;
  • centeredness;
  • deep connection with inner resources and inner truth;
  • stability;
  • inner wisdom;
  • objectivity;
  • insight;
  • centeredness;
  • self-reflection;
  • emotional detachment;
  • moderation;
  • compassionate application of technology and knowledge;
  • reticence.

The Magician has the gift of explaining complicated spiritual, mental, and material theories in ways others can easily understand. You can easily recognize this archetype in action when someone starts explaining complex theory by using simple examples or metaphors.

When a man is not in touch with his inner Magician, he falls under influence of the active (CHA) or passive (SO) poles of his shadow, the Detached Manipulator or the Innocent One.

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Detached Manipulator

The active pole (CHA) of the Magician is the Detached Manipulator. The Detached Manipulator doesn’t guide others but manipulates and guides them in ways they cannot see. He teases others with the promise of learning his secrets, but he does not give them all his knowledge. This allows him to feed both his pride and his wallet. He charges a ton of money for that little information he provides, which is usually just enough to demonstrate his superiority and feed his ego. Unfortunately, many spiritual teachers today have fallen victim to this archetype. As students, it’s essential to understand this concept to avoid such teachers, or you might just wake up one day realizing you are a member of a cult.

Here are some examples of how the Detached Manipulator can be manifested:

  • The teacher attacks his students, trying to kill their enthusiasm.
  • The lawyer charges tons of money and doesn’t inform his client that their case is actually hopeless.
  • The medical specialist withdraws important information from his patients.
  • An advertiser manipulates the public psyche and lies to feed his greed and succeed in his job.
  • The politician whose promises are worth nothing and only designed to manipulate people to get what he wants.
  • A spiritual teacher that promises you enlightenment if you take his $10,000 course.

Do any of these examples look familiar to you?

Here are the qualities that the Detached Manipulator possesses:

  • self-serving;
  • cruel;
  • detached;
  • cynical;
  • unrelated;
  • fraudulent;
  • dishonest;
  • manipulative;
  • egoistic;
  • mercantile.

The Innocent One

The passive shadow (SO) of the Magician is the Innocent One. The Innocent One wants the power and status that belongs to the Magician, but he doesn’t want to take the responsibilities that this status requires. He has no desire to share, teach, or help others.

The Innovent One can get very excited about a new project, a hobby, or a job, but when the easy part has passed, he realizes how much hard work and effort is required to get really good, he gives up. He doesn’t want to make any efforts to become a skillful professional.

Men with the shadow of the Innocent One want to be millionaires but aren’t willing to put in real effort and work years to achieve it. They are fascinated by the idea but are unwilling to take the necessary steps to achieve it if it takes more time than expected.

You can see many examples of the Innocent Ones in the spiritual community. When men want to be spiritual, but without all that prayer, meditation, disciplined behavior, or study. Such a man would parry any attempts to confront him. He would keep you out of balance by involving you into an endless process of questioning your own intuitive feelings about his actions and behavior.

The Innocent One possesses the following qualities:

  • irresponsible;
  • envious;
  • lazy;
  • jealous;
  • irresponsible;
  • illusive;
  • inner desolation;
  • lack of effort;
  • inner desolation.

How to Channel Your Inner Magician?

If you want to come in touch with the balanced side (LAN) of the Magician, here are some ideas to start with:

  • meditate;
  • perform walking meditation in the woods or in the park;
  • commit to lifelong learning;
  • work with your hands;
  • study spiritual scriptures;
  • invest time in introspection;
  • develop conscious discipline;
  • increase your willpower;
  • learn to concentrate;
  • spend more time connecting with nature.

#4: The Lover Archetype

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This is the archetype of emotion, creativity, deep sensuality, feeling, unity and idealism. The Lover experiences life in a sensual way. He seeks to experience as many dimensions of life as possible, using all of his senses: seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, and hearing.

This archetype relates to the Water element.

The Lover lives in a world of sensory pleasure. He feels deeply connected to his inner depths and those of others.

The Lover is passionate about his goals, women, and life in general. When you channel your Inner Lover, you feel alive with energy and inner power.

The Lover is the archetype that possesses the following qualities:

  • passion;
  • compassion;
  • deep sensuality;
  • inspiration;
  • creativity;
  • empathy;
  • aestheticism;
  • enthusiasm;
  • in touch with his emotions;
  • romantic;
  • lives life fully.

When a man is not in touch with his inner Lover, he falls under the influence of the active (CHA) or passive (SO) poles of his shadow, the Addicted Lover or the Impotent Lover.

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The Addicted Lover

The active shadow (CHA) of the Lover is the Addicted Lover. The Addicted Lover is forever searching for that one thing, person, or experience that will make him feel truly alive. We see two problems here:

  • the Addicted Lover is always looking for something but doesn’t really know what he’s searching for;
  • he has overinflated expectations.

Because of this, the Addicted Lover never feels satisfied. His energy becomes destructive and even self-destructive when he becomes a prisoner of his own passion and sensitivity. His constant search for pleasure locks him in a prison of immobility he cannot escape.

The Addicted Lover is a collector of possessions, experiences, or women. However, he has no structure The Addicted Lover is a collector of possessions, experiences, or women. However, he has no structure or life philosophy to connect the things he collects. Therefore, his life feels fragmentary instead of whole. Due to a lack of focus, his energy dissipates in a million directions.

The Addict Lover is what we call the Don Juan syndrome. He is moving from one woman to another and getting lost in the world of sensual experiences. He lacks centeredness and rootedness – qualities that are inherent in monogamy and mature masculinity.

The Addicted Lover possesses the following qualities:

  • restlessness;
  • never satisfied;
  • addicted to pleasures;
  • chaotic;
  • obsessive;
  • lacks focus;
  • destructive and even self-destructive.

The Impotent Lover

The passive shadow (SO) of the Lover is the Impotent Lover. The Impotent Lover tends to be bored, listless, and chronically depressed. Such a man feels dead inside. It seems like nothing brings him happiness or joy anymore. He has lost his passion for life. He lacks libido and sex life. Underneath all of this apathy, there often lies suppressed anger towards his wife, stress at work, or worries about money.

The Impotent Lover can arise in a man who is too demanding of himself, too strict with himself, and disciplines himself too much. This is often the case with men in a spiritual community, who laden themselves with overly strict rules and feel shame when indulging in life’s pleasures. 

Here are the distinctive traits of the Impotent Lover:

  • lack of zest for life;
  • monotone voice;
  • a lack of connection with others;
  • isolation from family, co-workers, and friends;
  • feels cut off from himself;
  • may speak about himself in the 2nd or 3rd person;
  • bored;
  • chronically depressed;
  • listless;
  • disconnected from his true feelings and emotions;
  • doesn’t enjoy life;
  • lack of sex life;
  • overly strict with himself.

How to Channel the Lover?

If you want to come in touch with the balanced side (LAN) of your Inner Lover, here are some ideas to start with:

  • take more time to really enjoy the things that bring you pleasures in life (but, at the same time, make sure to cultivate the virtue of moderation);
  • instead of reaching for more, enjoy the things you already have and do in a deeper way, using all of your senses;
  • invest your time in a hobby that you feel passionate about;
  • read more;
  • spend more time outdoors close to nature;
  • practice tantra;
  • make time for romance.

The Bottom Line

For a man to achieve mature or what we might also call divine masculinity, he must be in touch with all four of the masculine archetypes in a harmonious way. When a man is not in a balanced relationship with an archetype, he falls under the influence of its bipolar shadow, often switching back and forth between the passive (SO) and active (CHA) poles.

The poles are magnetic and electric or masculine and feminine in nature. If we do not consciously make the effort to maintain an equilibrial or balanced state between the poles we end up using the destructive energy of the archetype instead of its constructive creative power.

The practices and principles of SOLANCHA are to recognize and harness the rhythm of these energetic states and qualities such that we can harness them in a constructive manner and actualize our own divine potential and purpose. Therefore, it is so important to know which archetype dominates too strongly in your psyche or is animated in the active or passive shadow poles. This provides an opportunity for healing and integration, resulting in more power, achieving mature masculinity, and aligning oneself with their true potential, power, and purpose.

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The Flower of Life: The Meaning & Symbolism

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The Flower of life is seen every day on jewelry, wall art, altars, etc. It is a two-dimensional geometrical illustration composed of 19 overlapping circles of the same size. The overlapping circles are perfectly arranged to form what look like flower petals. The image starts with two overlapping circles before the rest are added on.

If it was possible to imagine perfection, it could be done through the Flower of Life. It is this symbol that perfectly represents the mechanism by which the universe works.

Leonardo Da Vinci and The Flower of Life

Many ancient-time artists have been fascinated by this symbol. One whose interest and works stand out is Leonardo Da Vinci, who was majorly interested in it for its mathematical implications.

Leonardo was a fanatic of geometry. It is not difficult to see why he was impressed by the Flower of life; it was very much in line with things that caught his attention. Most of his artwork also has aspects of sacred geometry in it.

One of Da Vinci’s famous works, the Vitruvian man, was inspired by the Flower. The Vitruvian man is shown to have multiple limbs, which are believed to imitate the Flower’s pattern of life.

The Significance of Flower of Life

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When we see it on our jewelry or as wall art, we are impressed by its beauty. However, the significance of the Flower of life goes beyond its elegance. This Flower signifies that everything originates from one primary source. The geometric pattern is sacred and depicts profound spiritual growth and enlightenment.

Many religions hold on to the belief that God created life. He is the higher being, the giver, and the taker of life. For some, God is a divine being, while for others, God is the universe. However, like all 19 circles in the Flower beginning from a single dot, God is the source of life.

The Flower also shows how all aspects of our lives are connected. The pattern shows that all aspects of life are rooted in a geometric plan with an origin in nature. The 19 circles in the Flower are perfectly arranged to create a six-fold symmetry, resulting in borderline hypnotic. Many spiritual practitioners use this pattern for their meditation, and you can also learn to apply it to your spiritual practices.

The Flower and the Origin of Life

The pattern of the Flower of life can be seen in different aspects of nature, such as real-time flower petals. This is evidence of how intentional the creation was. It shows that everything originates from a higher being, both people and nature.

The Flower also shows how everything originates from one source and expands its wings to the universe. If you look at the pattern carefully, you will notice the repetitiveness. This aspect represents the interconnectedness of life and the planet’s existence as a whole. And for the repetitiveness to occur, the first circle has to happen, which signifies the source. 

In real life, the source is the Divine creator.

Symbols such as vesica piscis show this repetitiveness and a sole source aspect. This symbol evolves from the seed of life, which then graduates to become the Flower of life. These are the ultimate building blocks of life and our entire existence.

The Flower is universal. Even if you are not a believer in higher power and beings or divine creators, the Flower of life still shows how it is deeply rooted in biology and science.

The Benefits

Many ancient civilizations, including the Egyptian and ancient Rome, have applied this symbol in different ways. You, too, can tap in to explore what it brings to life. These are some of its benefits that can transform your life.

#1: Reminds us of unity

We consider the Flower of life the most significant symbol of harmony and unity. This symbol has no beginning or end, unlike many other symbols. You can incorporate this into your spiritual journey.

When we get into a journey, we often forget our goals and fall back. For instance, if you start doing yoga today, tapping into the energy of the Flower of life can help keep the cycle going. To achieve the best, you need to keep that consistency going. The never-ending cycle of the Flower of life can help you keep pushing even if the barriers become overwhelming.

#2: Supports our sacred space

You can use the symbol to create a peaceful space for integrating the body and mind. Consider such a space where you go back over and over to find yourself. You can use that space to manifest yourself to your full potential. 

The Flower of life will help you stay in serenity for longer. The unified circles will forever remind you of the quietude that comes with the circle of love and success. 

#3: Can be used for meditation

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 Many people have trouble focusing their attention while trying to meditate. The Flower of life can help you focus on the moment and take your meditation practice to the next level.

One way people do this is to gaze at the flower of life painting hanging on the wall as they meditate. However, as you gaze at it, ensure you’re relaxed. Besides, gaze at more than just a specific fixed point. Breathe in and out gently to ensure your lower lungs are filled with air

These meditation techniques will help keep distractions at bay. If you are distracted, feel free to run back and focus on the Flower of life. This meditation can be very successful for people mesmerized by the beauty of the Flower of life.

Many people have also improved their focus while drawing the Flower of life. You can draw it as a form of mediation to help expand your awareness.

The Bottom Line

The Flower Of Life is one of the most fascinating symbols of Sacred Geometry. It represents a perfect order and the cyclicity that occurs in our lives. Use this symbol as a talisman to always remember balance and beauty, as well as to ensure a harmonious flow of energy.

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What is Ego Death? How and Why Does It Happen?

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Humans associate death with darkness, sorrow, and pain. It is just something many people are scared of. However, ego death goes the opposite way. The death of your ego comes with enlightenment, self-exploration, and going beyond the glass ceiling.

In simpler terms, the ego is the sense of self typically developed in earlier ages. It is a biological tool that helps us understand ourselves as separate beings. The problem appears when the ego takes on a level of programming that begins to impede the quality of life we live. This is why many people believe it needs to die.

But first:

What is Ego Death?

Many people think that ego death happens when we strip ourselves of the ego and live without it. No, the ego cannot die. What happens is that it becomes submissive to the awareness and direction of our higher selves so that it no longer controls our lives. The experience temporarily and instantaneously goes beyond and above our identities. By shifting your awareness above the perspective of the ego, you begin to realize that you are not the things you have identified with before.

The death of your ego comes with much self-awakening and peace; you want to experience it. It is one of the most beautiful experiences you could have if you truly understand your spiritual path. Such an experience, however, may feel horrific for people who do not understand their spiritual path or people who resist the experience.

Why Seek It?

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People are now going out of their way to experience ego death. It has become part of the spiritual journey for many people.

Here are some reasons to seek an ego death experience:

#1: Improved self-control

People often think that ego death is just for people unsatisfied with their mental wellness. Even if you are confident with your state, its demise can change your perception, eventually leading you to much clarity and success.

#2: Easier time breaking even

Our perception and identification limit us from going to other levels. Our ego keeps us in a mindset that limits us. It may feel like we are living in an unknown shell. Detaching yourself from the ego or shrinking it will allow you to crush your current sense of self that limits your abilities.

#3: Acquire a new you

We often have a rigid way of identifying ourselves. You will easily break even if you realize you differ from the sum of the labels you previously put on yourself. You will be in a much more powerful position to question things you believe in and go out of your way to seek peace and clarity. It is an excellent tool for breaking world constructs such as race or religion, which are often deeply rooted in mind and consciousness.

Stages of Ego Death

The death of the ego is different for everyone. This all starts from the triggers of the first stages and later the intense stages before you fully settle into the awakening. The first triggers may differ, but as the experience progresses, the stages become identical.

 Here are the stages you will most likely go through:

Stage 1: Spiritual awakening

The ego is deeply rooted in your spiritual being. The first step is your awakening from the ego’s power over you.

Stage 2: Dark night of the soul

In this second stage, you seek to understand things. This is after you accept the awakening that comes with the first stage. This stage is characterized by questioning things that now appear different from what they did before. It can be a confusing stage as many things now start revealing themselves to you.

Stage 3: Exploration and curiosity

In the third stage, you explore more to fill the void in your soul and being. This stage allows you to live in a space of more peace and enlightenment.

Stage 4: Soul growth and enlightenment

This stage allows you to settle in your newly found peace and awakening. Here, you have explored yourself profoundly and now know more about your true self. You will realize that you have already let go of many of your old patterns and habits. This stage has no fighting and battling with your ego, as you already have your new true identity.

How to Achieve Ego Death?

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You need to understand some things before you seek to kill your ego. For instance, why do you want to experience it? Understand that a spiritual ego is not something casual. You want to go in entirely understanding why you want to do it and the consequences of taking the path.

Many people intentionally seek ego death. Deliberately seeking it can be dangerous; proceed with caution. Ensure you are ready for it before you dive right in. If you are sure of your intentions, you can take the paths that lead to the death of your ego.

With all this imperatively said and done, you can proceed and trigger an ego death. Here are some of the ways people do it:

  • Attending spiritual retreats and workshops that guide you through it;
  • Performing specific types of breathing exercises and meditation practices;
  • Following the teachings of spiritual teachers rooted in spiritual awakening;
  • Entering altered states of consciousness, which may involve meditation, dancing, chanting, and other mystical paths; 
  • Getting involved in mystical, spiritual traditions that offer pathways to ego death.      

What Does the Death of Ego Feel Like? 

You might want to know what ego death feels like before you go for it. Your feelings will definitely be intense. It may feel horrific or exciting, or an alternation between the two. People often experience both extremes while undergoing this death.

What Next? 

After an ego death comes rebirth. A new you will be born with no barriers that limit your journey and abilities. Such death powerfully awakens the mind making your life change forever.

Ego death is not the end of spiritual awakening but rather a new beginning of deeper purpose and meaning.

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Self-limiting Beliefs: How to Overcome Fear and Break Our Limitations

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Earlier in life, I was always afraid of senior career positions. I used to apply for junior and entry-level jobs even after many years of employment because I didn’t believe I could handle the senior ranks. Yet each time a senior position became vacant, I was the first person the boss would contact. They saw my potential, but I could never see it because of my self-limiting beliefs. 

Eventually, I would find a reason to decline the promotion. What are you struggling with?

Believe it or not, we all battle with self-limiting beliefs. Are you fearful of signing up for that mortgage because you’re so scared you might not pay it fully? Or is committing to a relationship an uphill task for you?

In this article, I will discuss this fear within us and share practical tips for overcoming these self-limiting beliefs. 

What are Self-limiting Beliefs?

Fact: There are no limits to what you can achieve except for the limits you set in your mind. And this is what sets humans apart. Some people become iconic leaders while others amass massive wealth, yet some still struggle in life. This is one way of looking at it. For you and me, think of the small challenges you encounter in life. Are you truly incapable of handling them, or are you just afraid of trying and failing? 

Self-limiting beliefs are self-developed thoughts, consciously or subconsciously, that we use to convince ourselves that we can’t do something because we are afraid of failing or getting hurt. Consequently, we don’t even allow ourselves to try. Such limiting thoughts are one of the biggest preventers of achieving our goals. And that’s why we need to learn to control and eventually overcome them. So how do we do that?

Practical Steps to Overcome Self-limiting Beliefs

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#1: Identify Your Limiting Belief(s)

What are you so afraid of and why? 

  • Are you scared of getting married because your father abused your mom? 
  • Are you afraid of getting kids because your parents abandoned you when you were little? 
  • Are you afraid of management positions at work because you feel voiceless?

Identifying your self-made limits is your first step to overcoming them. You will need to use your intelligence and accept vulnerability, more like healing your inner child.

#2: Work On Your Confidence

There are several ways to develop self-confidence. The easiest is the use of positive affirmations. The idea is to re-condition your mind into believing what you had otherwise categorized as impossible. You could also apply the law of attraction. Anything you focus your mind on without a shred of doubt eventually comes to be. If you constantly think about boldness, confidence, and assertion, you eventually become bolder, more confident, and more assertive.  

Self-confidence enables us to move out of our comfort zone. We are no longer afraid to try because we believe in our potential. And even if you fail, you believe you can win tomorrow. Besides, you become your own cheerleader and no longer seek approval from others. That’s how powerful we become when we are confident from the inside.  

#3: Set New Goals

Be realistic and set achievable targets. However, always have one clear goal at all times that you’re working towards. That goal should be the most significant on your list. Also, note that big goals are good, but they can demotivate you. Divide these goals into smaller tasks that you can easily achieve. 

For every achievement, your mind registers a win and naturally handles the next task with ease. This way, you find yourself accomplishing tasks you never imagined were possible and consequently become unstoppable in achieving your lifelong dreams. 

#4: Challenge Your Thoughts

Why do you give yourself bad labels such as “I am stupid, slow, worthless, ugly, useless,” etc.? Is it because someone in your past called you that? Did they really have a solid basis to give you that label? How well do they know you? Have they seen the woman or man you have become lately? 

Asking your inner self such questions helps you to look at the other side of the coin. For example, just because my skin has acne doesn’t mean I’m ugly. It’s just one of the many stages in life. And just because I have mobility challenges doesn’t mean I am useless. I still have the brain and hands to write my next bestseller. Challenge your thoughts, whether good or bad, and you will realize that not every gospel you hear is factual. 

#5: Develop an Alternative Plan

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We don’t have control over our limiting beliefs because they provide a soft fallback. We don’t take risks because we fear getting hurt or hurting others. Say, for example, you’re afraid of getting kids because you’re scared you’ll never be a good mom. Instead of dwelling on being single for the rest of your life, how about you start accommodating other kids in your home and see how well you nurture them? 

You can request your siblings or friends to drop off their toddlers over the weekend and dedicate your energy to looking after them just as if they were your own. After a few months, your natural motherly instincts will start to kick in, and who knows, you might start looking at kids differently. 

If you’re afraid of public speaking because you feel invisible or you’re afraid your voice is not good enough, how about you start by recording podcasts?

Or, if you constantly feel worthless, how about starting a small project that gives you a sense of belonging? Like donating your coffee to a homeless person every morning. Or helping an elderly neighbor water their flowers every weekend. 

The Bottom Line

It’s very easy to develop self-limiting beliefs, especially with a rough childhood or a traumatic past. Our mind is constantly working to protect our fragile ego from getting hurt again. However, the sooner you realize how much you have been missing in your quest to play safe, the sooner you need to break these limiting thoughts and redefine yourself. Your potential starts and ends in your mind. Dare to dream again and develop unshakable confidence because only you can do it. 

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