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The Dark Side Of Empathy: Is Their More Than Meets The Eye?

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Whenever people talk about empathy, thoughts of compassion, affection, and selflessness come to mind. Rarely do we associate empathic traits with negativity. But, is it possible that there is a dark side of empathy?

Studies by Fritz Breithaupt, a Professor at the John Hopkins’ Affiliated Faculty of Cognitive Science, show that indeed this negative side exists. In his book, The Dark Sides of Empathy, the professor notes that even empathic persons commit atrocities. It may not be out of ill intentions. Instead, it is the culmination of the person’s success in leading an empathic life. Huh?

Let’s explore this concept further:

The Neuroscience of Empathy

Neuroscientists believe that egocentric tendencies are innate in all human beings. At first, they attributed this conclusion to a tiny spot on the brain, the right supramarginal gyrus, where they believed empathy emanates. But when the spot malfunctions, the individual may not show compassion when making decisions that concern others. Still, this spot can sense the lack of empathy in the individual. In turn, it initiates processes to autocorrect the imbalance.

A study by Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain Sciences researchers published on October 9th, 2013 in the Journal of Neuroscience suggested that if we could demystify how this spot for empathy functions, then it could explain what empathy is all about. Further, defining the source of empathy may make it possible to teach compassion.

Later on, the researchers realized that it is impossible to pinpoint empathy to a particular spot on the brain. As per imaging studies, empathy is everywhere. When we make decisions that affect our feelings and the feelings of those near us, we engage the entire brain. This new finding suggests that empathy will dictate how we think or reason with others. Definitely, we can never neglect empathy even for a second.  

Then, what can we conclude about science and empathy? For starters, our brains wire us to be empathic beings. Still, we must take deliberate steps to grow this tendency throughout our lives. Indeed, this is where the challenge lies. It is here that the start of a dark side of empathy emerges.

So What Are The Dark Sides of Empathy?

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First things first, empathy is a valuable attribute that enriches our lives more than it could ever pose harm to us. That’s why the overall notion about it is positive. Notwithstanding, is it possible that the empathizer gets some satisfaction or benefit from expressing empathy? Does caring for others or carrying other people’s worries give them a sense of belonging? If so, is the empathizer being selfish?

How the Empathizer Benefits from Helping Others

It is hard to imagine a world where empathy is non-existent. Each person will mind their own business, ignoring the plight of those near them. But, some argue about a dark side of empathy. They insist that when empaths help those around them, they have a chance to participate in their lives.

It is a selfish motive that allows the empath to lead more than one life. In turn, they get joy and fulfillment when the other person succeeds. It is a satisfaction that justifies any suffering they may endure from taking up another person’s negative emotions. In this argument, empathy is for the empaths.

Vampiristic Empathy

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Going back to Professor Fritz Breithaupt’s book, the professor mentions the existence of vampiristic empathy. Here, the empath has a deliberate intention to get enjoyment from participating in other people’s lives.  The empath will use manipulation to steer the relationship to achieve their selfish goal. Typical signs of this toxic relationship include the empath expressing pride in their heroics instead of dwelling on compassion for others.

Polarizing Power of Empathy

We always anticipate empathy to resolve conflicts and bring people together, right? But, what if you are empathizing with a family member who is fighting with a sibling or a relative? Your actions may polarize the family, forcing them to take sides. The scenario is repeated when a civil war breaks out, and another nation intervenes to bring truce. The mere act of empathizing with one side indicates to the other fighting person that you are against them. Then, will empathy be helpful to any of these confliction persons?

Empathy Burnout

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Finally, serving others, absorbing their suffering, fears, and anxieties can cause an empathy burnout. At this point, the empath must find ways to cleanse the negative energy. But, what if the empath ignores the warning signs of empathy burnout? It is at this point that that dark side of empathy emerges again.

Empaths who do not practice self-care risk harming those they intend to help. Think of a medical practitioner who is emotionally drained from working tirelessly to save lives in an emergency room. Unless the doctor takes a break to meditate, heal, and address the clinical depression, anxiety, and guilt of losing a patient, they may endanger the lives they seek to save.

What Next?

Now, should the possibility of a dark side of empathy make us disregard this personality trait altogether? Not at all. Since neuroscientists have shown us that empathy is inbuilt, we can harness it throughout our lives. Then, let us aim at expressing healthy empathy.

When you sense an empathy burnout, put your interests first. Only then can you restore your health and serve others. Study the surroundings and decide if you should take leave. Match the negativity coming your way with lots of positivity. And, follow your instincts.  Here are additional tips for surviving empathy burnout: –

  • Opt for jobs that are suitable for your super-sensitive personality;
  • Set clear boundaries on how you want to share your life with those in need;
  • Meditate using daily positive affirmations for self-confidence;
  • Try crystal healing for anxiety and depression;
  • Practice clean eating.

Conclusion

We all have varying levels of empathy. And, the dark side of empathy is real. However, we can use this natural trait to be compassionate to others without having selfish intentions. Still, it takes lots of discipline and practice to keep off from the dark side of empathy. It is about expressing empathy in a controlled manner.


Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Secret Societies: Inside The Most Mysterious Groups

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Secret societies have flourished throughout history and count Founding Fathers and royals among their ranks. By their very name, secret societies inspire curiosity and fascination. Thousands of these mysterious groups have been formed over time, and many have disappeared. Rich and poor, young and old, white and black people have joined mysterious, sometimes forbidden groups, and for what? In this article, we will shed light on the most mysterious groups and agendas behind them. Read on!

What Is a Secret Society?

secret society is a club or an organization whose activities, events, inner functioning, or membership are concealed from non-members. Some of the societies may attempt to conceal its existence, others may not.

Alan Axelrod, the author of the International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, defines a secret society as an organization that:

  • is exclusive;
  • claims to own special secrets;
  • shows a strong inclination to favor its members.

Richard B. Spence, historian of the University of Idaho similarly defined three-pronged characteristics:

  • The group’s existence is usually not kept secret, but some beliefs or practices are concealed from the public and require an oath of secrecy to learn.
  • The group promises superior status or knowledge to members.
  • The group’s membership is in some way restrictive, such as by race, sex, religious affiliation, or invitation only.

Richard B. Spence also proposes a sub-category of “Elite Secret Societies” which are composed of high-income or socially influential people.

David V. Barrett, author of Secret Societies: From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and Clandestine, has used alternative terms to define what qualifies a secret society. He defined a Secret Society as any group that possesses the following characteristics:

  • carefully graded and progressed teachings;
  • teachings are available only to selected individuals and lead to hidden truths;
  • truths bring personal benefits beyond the reach and even the understanding of the uninitiated.

Now let’s take a closer look at the 3 world’s most mysterious Secret Societies.

3 World’s Most Mysterious Secret Societies

#1: Freemasonry

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The first thing you should know about this organization is that it is the main wellspring of clandestine societies. It’s been around longer, has had more members and developed more rituals, rites, secret handshakes, legends and myths than almost any other.

The Catholic Church wishes it didn’t exist. No organization has been condemned by the Catholic Church more than the Masonic Lodge. The Catholic Church has imposed the penalty of excommunication on all Catholics who become Freemasons (or members of the Masonic Lodge). The 1983 CDF declaration states that Catholics “who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.”

It’s a little-known fact that Adolf Hitler believed that the Freemasons were a tool of the Jews. In 1935, the German government dissolved all lodges and confiscated their assets. It is believed that the Nazis murdered between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons.

Many of the Founding Fathers (including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin) were Freemasons, as were many of other famous people, including 14 American Presidents, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, John Wayne, Richard Pryor, Wolfgang Mozart, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde.

There are three levels of membership:

  1. entered apprentice;
  2. fellow of the craft;
  3. master mason.

To this day, a Freemason signature is the elaborate secret handshake, or “grip”.

Elements of the order’s visual iconography have become part of everyday life – like the “Eye of Providence” on the back of the dollar bill. Some say the layout of Washington, D.C., is a giant reference to Freemasonry, filled with pentagrams and other Masonic designs.

Over the years, there has been a decline in members. It is estimated there are between 2 and 6 million freemasons globally.

#2: The Illuminati

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This mysterious group has been the subject of fearmongering and bizarre speculations more than any other secret organization, though is existed less than a decade.

The story starts with Johann Adam Weishaupt, a law professor at a university in Bavaria, where he was the only teacher who wasn’t a Jesuit priest. In fact, he was so fascinated by Enlightenment thinking that he rejected religion. He wanted instead to establish a secret society of people who had the same views, beliefs, and principles as him, and who might help him advance his ideas.

He couldn’t afford the membership in the Freemasons, so he decided to start his own organization, which he called the Perfectibilists.

Within two years, he had changed the name of the organization to the Illuminati and convinced four of his students to join him.

Weishaupt took a pseudonym Spartacus, and the others assumed names like Ajax, Agathon, and Tiberius.

His goal was to cultivate in his followers a deep belief in the Enlightenment principles of reason, philanthropy, secularity, freedom of expression, individual liberty and morality. They would spread these ideas when they inevitably assumed positions of power.

Essentially, this small group of people in the latter half of the 18th century wanted to take over and rule the world, and they believed they could do it a little bit at a time. One approach was to join other secret societies – like Freemasons, when they could afford to – and to establish sleeper cells within them, recruiting others to their cause.

They were also big on rituals, secret symbols, handshakes, passwords, and initiations. That’s part of what gives the order such a mystique.

At their peak, in the early 1780s, the Illuminati were thought to number between 600 and 2,500 members, most of whom were unaware of each other’s identities.

In 1785, the Duke of Bavaria, fearful of the growing power of the secret societies, banned them all. This brought the Illuminati to the end, less than 10 years after they’d started their existance.

If this organization existed for less than 10 years than why do people still believe in their power more than two centuries later? Well, at least part of the credit for their fame belongs to John Robison, who in 1797 published Proofs of a Conspiracy, a book that claims that the Illuminati had infiltrated other organizations and the rumors of their demise had been greatly exaggerated.

This story spread like wildfire and made its way to America, where George Washington considered it an issue. Around the same time, Charles Brockden Brown was pioneering the American Gothic genre of fiction with novels like Ormond; Or The Secret Witness, which contained clear references to the Illuminati and their sinister activities.

While that panic eventually dissipated, the rumors stayed, mostly in the background. Then, in the 1970s, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson wrote a series of popular science-fiction books known as The Illuminatus! Trilogy that reintroduced the Illuminati to modern readers. The books combined facts with fantasy. The authors found much of their material in letters sent to Playboy magazine’s forum section, which they edited for many years.

Those books elevated Illuminati fever to a new level, one which conspiracy theorists still embrace to an alarming degree, certain the secret Illuminati groups manipulate all parts of mainstream global life.

#3: The Rosicrucians

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This is one of the most secretive orders that roots its beliefs back to ancient Egypt. Egypt was the birthplace, not of the Rosicrucians, but of the Ancient Mysteries and the Secret Doctrines, which gradually, slowly and almost imperceptibly, throughout the centuries of time, developed a system that became Rosicrucianism.

The Rosicrucians brought together into one organization the various associations of individuals previously known as the Hermetists, Pythagoreans, Magi, Platonists, Gnostics, Alchemists, and Paracelsians.

The Rosicrucian Fraternity existed in America prior to the First American Revolution. In 1774, the great Council of Three (the Fraternity’s ultimate governing body) was composed of Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, and Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine was later succeeded by Lafayette, who, like Benjamin Franklin, was a member of the Paris Rosicrucian lodge “Humanidad.” In 1842, the Great Council of Three was revitalized by the novelist, George Lippard, who rewrote the exoteric ritual, giving it a patriotic-Christian basis. During the Civil War this Great Council was composed of Paschel Beverly Randolph, General Ethan Allen Hitchcock and Abraham Lincoln.

The Rosicrucians follow a doctrine that is built on esoteric truths of the ancient past. Those truths apparently include things that the average person cannot see and give believers insight into nature, the physical universe, and the spiritual realm.

They study many theories and beliefs but specifically, they seek knowledge and spiritual wisdom about the true nature of space and time, mystical power, metaphysical laws, spiritual alchemy and others.

They believe that there is one God, the Creator and source of all. That within each of us is buried a particle of the Divine Spark that is our soul. The Rosicrucians teach how to develop this Divine Spark through transmutation of one’s lower nature and increase the feeling of love within. The main goal of their teaching is to help the adherents to build this soul spark into a glorious, conscious Soul that forms a direct link between the individual and God. This state of spiritual development they term as Soul Illumination.

The name Rosicrucian is derived from rosa (a rose) and crux (a cross). The general symbol of the order was a rose placed on the center of a cross. The Rose Cross has a mystical meaning. The fully bloomed rose in the center of the Cross symbolizes illumination of the Soul.

The Bottom Line

These 3 mysterious groups are perhaps some of the most well-known secret societies but there have been and certainly still exist many more. With the explosion of the internet and the vast sea of easily accessible information that has come with it, it has become increasingly difficult to determine fact from fiction when it comes to these mysterious secret societies.

Positives and negatives could come from joining or taking an oath of silence with any group. It’s important before committing to any such action to diligently research to ensure one knows exactly what they are getting involved in and that it’s aligned with their highest good.


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Sleep Paralysis: Why Do I Have Night Terrors?

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Have you ever been caught in a grey zone, where your mind is wide awake, but your body is still fast asleep? Do you find yourself in a nightmarish reality where there’s no way out? Have you felt like you want to scream for help in your sleep but you can’t make a sound? Welcome to the reality of sleep paralysis where your night terrors get manifested!

In this article, we will answer the most common questions people ask about sleep paralysis and share with you some helpful tips on what you can do to avoid such a terrifying experience. Read on!

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a temporary sleep anomaly, when a person, while half-asleep, realizes that he can not move or make sounds, which provokes a panic attack.

It occurs when you pass between stages of wakefulness and sleep. It is during these transitions, that you may feel unable to move or speak. This state can last for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

During this state, you may also feel pressure or a sense of choking.

Many people have experienced this phenomenon at least once.

Why Do I Have Sleep Paralysis?

Some researchers are inclined to believe that the occurrence of sleep paralysis may be associated with the REM sleep phase when the human brain has increased activity. You can recognize it by the rapid movement of the eyeballs under the eyelids. In this phase, we dream.

During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, your body is almost paralyzed: only vital organs work. Muscle tone is reduced by signals sent from the brain by certain neurotransmitters (gamma-aminobutyric acid and glycine).

The REM sleep phase usually lasts from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

You go through the REM sleep phase when you are falling asleep, waking up, and during sleep. At this stage, your brain is in an active state and you can see dreams or various kinds of hallucinations.

The most terrifying thing about sleep paralysis is that it’s usually accompanied by vivid nightmares, and sometimes hallucinations (such as attacks of demonic creatures). This leads to very painful experiences and makes you feel completely powerless and trapped.

During the REM sleep phase, there is no synchronization between changes in the brain and a decrease in muscle tone, which can provoke sleep paralysis.

But why is there such a mismatch in the work of the brain and muscles? Some researchers suggest that genetics is to blame. Others suggest looking for reasons in our daily routine.

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Here are the most common causes of sleep paralysis.

#1: Sleep position

If you often sleep on your back, you may be at increased risk. Experimentally proven that sleeping on your back increases the likelihood of sleep paralysis. 50% of cases of sleep paralysis occur in this position.

#2: Brain waves

During episodes of sleep paralysis, there is a disproportionate amount of alpha waves with intermittent bursts of beta waves, especially in cases where people have reported visual hallucinations.

#3: Drugs

The use of various drugs, whether pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, or illegal, can contribute to the development of sleep paralysis. Even alcohol is considered a potential pathogen, as it can disrupt various stages of sleep.

#4: Violation of neurotransmission

Disturbed levels of neurotransmitters are thought to increase your susceptibility to sleep paralysis. In particular, GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and glycine may be the cause.

#5: Mental illness

Those who suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia may be more likely to have sleep paralysis. These conditions are characterized by sleep disorders, fluctuations in neurotransmitters, and are often treated with strong psychiatric medications that can easily increase the likelihood of this phenomenon.

#6: Chaotic sleep schedule, its disorders and deprivation

If you work shifts or don’t have strict sleep and wake times, you may be at an increased risk of sleep paralysis. This disrupts the circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. It leads to changes in the concentration of neurotransmitters, brain wave activity, regional blood flow, etc. All these changes increase the risk.

These 6 factors are the most common causes of sleep paralysis. However, there are also other reasons that you may need to consider, such as:

  • Genetic predisposition;
  • Leg cramps;
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s);
  • Stress;
  • Neurological disorders (migraines and epilepsy);
  • Mental trauma.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Paralysis?

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#1: Immobility

The main symptom associated with sleep paralysis is the inability to move. If you found yourself completely motionless in your sleep, you are experiencing sleep paralysis.

#2: Inability to speak

One of the most noticeable and frustrating symptoms is the inability to speak or even produce any sounds. Imagine that you are stuck in a dream or dream-like state, but you are still conscious and feeling that a demon is about to attack you. Instead of screaming for help, you can’t even move your lips and feel tortured.

#3: Semi-conscious state

Some people remain fully conscious during sleep paralysis experience and can recall the entire episode. Most people are semi-conscious, which means that they have a certain degree of awareness or “flashes” of consciousness.

#4: Chest pressure

Some people feel a strong pressure on the chest when experiencing this phenomenon. Such pressure may feel as if a pile of cargo is piled on the chest, or as if a demonic entity is pressing on the chest. This pressure may occur due to breathing difficulty during the paralysis.

#5: Shortness of breath

You may also have difficulty breathing when having sleep paralysis. It can be caused by the specific position in which you fell asleep, pressure on your chest, or as a result of panic.

#6: Fear

Sleep paralysis often leads to a panic attack. When you find yourself helpless in your dream where you can neither move nor cry for help, you feel panicked and terrified.

#7: Helplessness

This is the most common symptom. You are aware of what is happening, but there is nothing you can do about it. If in addition, you have a nightmare or hallucinations, then everything only gets worse. Which again leads to panic.

#8: Hallucinations

Many people experience auditory hallucinations (hearing voices), visual hallucinations (seeing weird things, demonic beings, etc.), and sometimes tactile hallucinations (feeling things) that are not based on reality. In rare cases, a person may even report smelling something that is not based on reality (olfactory hallucinations). Common hallucinations in cases of sleep paralysis include animals, buzzing, demons, opening doors, footsteps, pressure, and whispers.

#9: Unusual sensations

Most unusual sensations that you may have during sleep paralysis experience are considered a byproduct of REM sleep. These unusual sensations are perceived by the consciousness as “real”, although, in fact, they are the result of chaotic brain activity. Unusual sensations may include feeling as if you are moving, swimming, or pushing; strange smells or sights; feeling stuck in a dream; etc.

How To Avoid Sleep Paralysis?

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If you have ever had a terrifying sleep paralysis you definitely don’t want to experience it ever again. So, what can we do to avoid it? Here are some helpful tips!

#1: Exclude medical factors

Since the exact causes of sleep paralysis remain unknown, it is important to exclude all possible diseases that may contribute to it. These include checking for neurological conditions, working with a sleep specialist (to determine if you have a sleep disorder), checking for hormones, vitamin/micronutrient deficiencies, and others.

In addition to excluding medical indications, it may be important to exclude exposure to toxins. Regular detox cleanse can help you to minimize unpleasant sleep experiences.

If you have medical problems or have been exposed to environmental toxins, you will need to receive appropriate treatment. In many cases, treating the underlying condition will improve sleep quality.

#2: Create a proper sleep routine

If you are still experiencing sleep paralysis after you have ruled out or cured various medical problems, the next step is to adjust your sleep routine which includes:

  • Going to bed at the same time every night;
  • Wake up at the same time every morning;
  • Get approximately the same number of hours of sleep.

#3: Minimize possible sleep disturbances

Turn off phone notifications, block out outside noises and lights, and make sure your partner doesn’t roll on you in the middle of the night. If you have pets, make sure they don’t bother you in the middle of the night. Make sure that you don’t fall asleep with the TV on and avoid anything that might interfere with your sleep.

#4: Practice digital detox before bedtime

Cell phone, computer, TV, or other electronic devices before going to bed usually disrupt the quality of sleep. Try to avoid the use of electronics for 1-3 hours before bedtime.

#5: Avoid electromagnetic radiation

If you sleep near a computer, mobile phone, or Wi-Fi router, your sleep quality will be reduced. Put your cell phone in airplane mode and turn off the Wi-Fi router before going to bed.

#6: Turn off the light

Do your best to darken the room by blocking all bright light sources. Put light-blocking curtains or blinds on the windows to prevent light from entering during sleep.

#7: Increase the amount of sleep

Sleep deprivation or restriction is a factor that can increase the likelihood of developing sleep paralysis. Despite the fact that the quality of sleep should be more important than its quantity, you should sleep enough to feel mentally and physically rested after waking up.

Most experts suggest sleeping for at least 7-9 hours. However, it all depends on individual characteristics. If you are engaged in intense physical activity during the day, you may need more than 9 hours of sleep to get quality rest. Do what you think is right, but don’t skimp on the amount of sleep — this can increase the risk of sleep paralysis.

#8 Adjust your sleeping position

As we already mentioned before, in most cases, people who experience sleep paralysis sleep on their backs. So try changing your position while you sleep. Try sleeping on your side.

#9: Relax

If you are experiencing sleep paralysis, you may need to apply some relaxation techniques to solve this problem. Anxiety, trauma, and depression have been found to increase the risk of this phenomenon. Stress is known to interfere with sleep, and in some cases, the main cause of sleep paralysis may be over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

Daily meditation practice and breathing exercises (pranayama) will help you reduce anxiety and stress. It should significantly improve the quality and quantity of your sleep and reduce the risk of experiencing sleep paralysis.

#10: Start a sleep diary

For some people, it might be helpful to consider using a sleep diary. When you wake up, write about what you experienced during sleep paralysis. Write down how long it lasted and keep track of how well you slept. Keeping a sleep diary will help you keep track of all the factors that can contribute to sleep paralysis.

The Bottom Line

Sleep paralysis can be a terrifying experience that can make you feel panic attacks. If you have occasional sleep paralysis, you can take the above steps to control this disorder. Start by making sure you get enough sleep. Do what you can to relieve stress in your life. Try new sleeping positions if you sleep on your back. And if sleep paralysis happens again, shake it off (when you fully wake up) and realize that there is nothing to be scared of!


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50 Ego Quotes To Forewarn You From Its Traps

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The ego is tricky. It’s hard to see and therefore it’s hard to control. Buddhist say that in the war of ego the loser always wins. Which makes complete sense to me. The second you realized you overcame your ego, you have fallen into its trap. Therefore, the best way you can deal with your ego is by observing it. It is by observing that you can take control of your ego. Ego quotes by enlightened minds can help you to see the traps of the ego more clearly so that you can gain control over it.

In this article, I want to share with you my favorite ego quotes that help me be more aware of my own ego.

Here they are 50 thought-provoking ego quotes to forewarn you from its traps.

50 Thought-Provoking Ego Quotes

#1

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“Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something.” – Osho

#2

“Enlightenment is your ego’s greatest disappointment.” – Wayne Dyer

#3

“Happiness is threatening and misery is safe – safe for the ego. Ego can exist only in misery and through misery. Ego is an island surrounded by hell; happiness is threatening to the ego, to the very existence of the ego. Happiness rises like a sun and the ego disappears, evaporates like a dewdrop on the grass leaf.

Happiness is the death of the ego. If you want to remain a separate entity from existence as almost everybody is trying to do, you will be afraid of being blissful, cheerful. You will feel guilty in being blissful. You will feel suicidal because you are committing suicide on the psychological level, on the level of the ego.

It almost always happens that people enjoy a few moments and then afterwards feel very guilty. The guilt arises because of the ego. The ego starts torturing them, “What are you doing? Have you decided to kill me? And I am your only treasure. Killing me? You will be destroyed. Killing me is destroying yourself.” – Osho

#4

“Ego judges and punishes. Love forgives and heals.”

#5

“The reason that ego and love are not compatible comes down to this: you cannot take your ego into the unknown, where love wants to lead. If you follow love, your life will become uncertain, and the ego craves certainty.” – Deepak Chopra

#6

“If someone corrects you and you feel offended, then you have an ego problem.” – Nouman Ali Khan

#7

“The hallucination of separateness prevents one from seeing that to cherish the ego is to cherish misery. We do not realize that our so-called love and concern for the individual is simply the other face of our own fear of death or rejection. In his exaggerated valuation of separate identity, the personal ego is sawing off the branch on which he is sitting, and then getting more and more anxious about the coming crash!” – Alan Watts

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!!!“Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy.”

#9

“Too much ego will kill your talent.”

#10

“Love and ego cannot go together. Knowledge and ego go together perfectly well, but love and ego cannot go together, not at all. They cannot keep company. They are like darkness and light: if light is there darkness cannot be. Darkness can only be if light is not there. If love is not there the ego can be; if love is there the ego cannot be. And vice versa, if ego is dropped, love arrives from all the directions. It simply starts pouring in you from everywhere.” – Osho

#11

Spiritual transcendence is transforming the rigid ego attachments into acceptance of self and others.” – Lynne Namka

#12

“Yet again, the more you strive for some kind of perfection or mastery—in morals, in art or in spirituality—the more you see that you are playing a rarified and lofty form of the old ego-game and that your attainment of any height is apparent to yourself and to others only by contrast with someone else’s depth or failure.” – Alan Watts

#13

“The ego is the single biggest obstruction to the achievement of anything.” – Richard Rose

#14

“The foundation of the Buddha’s teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion.” – Dalai Lama

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“Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself.” – Eckhart Tolle

#16

“The ego says: I’m still angry about yesterday, the spirit says: new day, new attitude.”

#17

“Try to understand the ego. Analyze it, dissect it, watch it, observe it, from as many angles as possible. And don’t be in a hurry to sacrifice it, otherwise, the greatest egoist is born: the person who thinks he is humble, the person who thinks that he has no ego.

That is again the same story played on a more subtle level. That’s what the religious people have been doing down the ages – pious egoists they have been. They have made their ego even more decorated; it has taken the color of religion and holiness. Your ego is better than the ego of a saint; your ego is better, far better – because your ego is very gross, and the gross ego can be understood and dropped more easily than the subtle. The subtle ego goes on playing such games that it is very difficult. One will need absolute awareness to watch it.” – Osho

#18

“The ego is always looking to find something – the spirit can see what’s already there.” – Marianne Willamson

#19

“In the ego’s world, power means having the ability to control circumstances to your benefit, to manipulate or dominate people in order to get your own way. If what you want is the greatest good for everyone, ego has little to say. The kind of strength that is giving, selfless, devout, trusting, and patient is decidedly feminine. It belongs to saints and mothers. By affirming this kind of strength, you are demonstrating faith that there can be power without aggression, domination, and control. Is there real power in the feminine aspect? Certainly, there is, and even though the ego has exercised control for a long time, spiritual power has always been in charge. Spiritual power pervades every aspect of life as the intelligence that nurtures and organizes all forms, atom to cosmos. This power is yours to tap into. It comes from inside, and nothing can stop it once you have found its source in the true self.” – Deepak Chopra

#20

“You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego. It’s your call.” – Wayne Dyer

#21

“The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backward way of assessing and living life.” – Wayne Dyer

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#22

Sayings and Quotes on Ego Image

“Ego is just like dust in the eyes. Without clearing the dust, we can’t see anything clearly, so clear the ego and see the world.”

#23

“Ego interrupts intuition.” – Danielle LaPorte

#24

“The ego exists through friction. Have an ideal, and you will become an egoist. The idealist is an egoist. Have a bigger ideal, and you will be a bigger egoist. The greater the ideal, the greater the ego, because the greater is the friction. The ego is created by friction between the real and the ideal. Now you may have the ideal of egolessness – that doesn’t matter. You may say, “But I have the ideal of being egoless” – it does not matter, the ideal brings the ego. Now your idea of egolessness will bring great ego. So the real egoists are those who think they are humble people, who pretend that they are egoless.

The man who is egoless is the man who has no ideals. Let this be the criterion, and you have stumbled upon a fundamental. The man of no ego is the man of no ideals. Then how can the ego be created? – the very energy is missing. The energy comes out of friction, conflict, struggle, will.
When you accept your life – when you take your breakfast, and when you sleep and when you walk and when you take your bath – how can you create an ego out of these things? Sleeping when feeling sleepy, eating when feeling hungry, how can you create your ego? No, if you fast, you can create ego. If you are on a vigilance for the whole night, and you say, “I am not going to sleep,” you can create the ego. By the morning, the person who has slept well will have no ego, you will have a great ego.” – Osho

#25

“Let go of your ego’s need to be right. When you’re in the middle of an argument, ask yourself: Do I want to be right or be happy? When you choose the joyous, loving, spiritual mode, your connection to intention is strengthened.” – Wayne Dyer

#26

“Big egos have little ears.” – Robert Schuller

#27

“The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.” – Alan Watts

#28

“As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You’re not thinking about loving; you’re just being love, radiating like the sun.” – Ram Dass

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#29

Ram Dass quotes on ego Image

“The ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image, it is your social mask, it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power because it lives in fear.” – Ram Dass

#30

“When the ego dies, the soul awakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

#31

”‘I am’ is nothing but another name for the ego. Now you will be getting into trouble. If the ego is convinced that the only way is to drop the ego, then who is going to drop whom? And how? It will be like pulling yourself up by your own shoestrings. You will look just silly. Watch each word that you use. ‘I am’ is nothing but the ego.

The second thing: nobody has ever been able to drop the ego because ego is not a reality that you can drop; anything to be dropped at least has to be real, substantial. Ego is just a notion, an idea. You cannot drop it, you can only understand it. Can you drop your shadow? You can run as fast as you want but your shadow will run at the same speed, exactly the same speed…
You cannot drop the ego. Once you start trying to drop the ego you will get in a very deep mess; you will become more and more worried and puzzled. And this is not the way to get rid of the ego. The only way to get rid of the ego is to look at it.” – Osho

#32

“More the knowledge, lesser the ego. Lesser the knowledge, more the ego.” – Albert Einstein

#33

“At the level of spirit, everything is always unfolding perfectly, and you don’t have to struggle or force situations to go your way. It is only your ego mind that is fearful. When you surrender to spirit and listen to the voice of your deeper intelligence, you free yourself from fear and release the obstacles your ego has created.” – Deepak Chopra

#34

“The problem is that we have allowed our egos, the part of us which believes that we are separate from God and separate from each other, to dominate our lives.” – Wayne Dyer

#35

“Don’t create things which are not there – your ego, your atman, or something else. The moment you create things like ‘What is beautiful is my atman, what is ugly is my ego,’ no transformation will be possible.” – Sadhguru

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#36

Carlos Castaneda quote on self-importance Image

“Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.” – Carlos Castaneda

#37

“Gratitude is a sacred space where you allow and know that a force greater than your ego is always at work and always available.” – Wayne Dyer

#38

“When you are in anger, in passion, violent, aggressive, you feel a crystallized ego within you. Whenever you are in love, in compassion, it is not there. That’s why we cannot love because, with the ego, love is impossible. That’s why we go on talking so much about love, but we never are in love. And whatsoever we call love is more or less sex, it is not love; because you cannot lose your ego, and love cannot exist unless the ego has disappeared. Love, meditation, godliness, they all require one thing – the ego must not be there. That’s why Jesus is right in saying that God is love because both phenomena happen only when the ego is not.” – Osho

#39

“Less ego, more excellence. Less talk, more do. Less rude, more polite. Less fear, more wins.”

#40

“If your ego starts out, ‘I am important, I am big, I am special,’ you’re in for some disappointments when you look around at what we’ve discovered about the universe. No, you’re not big. No, you’re not. You’re small in time and in space. And you have this frail vessel called the human body that’s limited on Earth.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

#41

“If you evolve within you, there will be no pride, no prejudice. You will perform the action out of pure, absolute sense.” – Sadhguru

Ego Quotes

#42

Deepak Chopra Quotes On Ego Image

“In religion, the ego manifests as the devil. And of course, no one realizes how smart the ego is because it created the devil so you could blame someone else.” – Deepak Chopra

#43

“Your ego is your soul’s worst enemy.” – Rusty Eric

#44

“Everybody, even a mouse, has his own ego. Everybody, even a religious man, has his own ego. Even while declaring, “I am just dust underneath your feet,” you are gathering ego. The ego and the personality have to be dropped, then you will find individuality arising…a feeling of uniqueness. Yes, you are unique. Everybody else is also unique. In this world only unique people exist, so comparison is just stupid because you alone are like yourself. There is nobody like you, so how to compare?” – Osho

#45

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” – Alan Watts

#46

“Learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This true essence is beyond the ego. It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge. It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery, and enchantment.” – Deepak Chopra

#47

“When misunderstandings grow cut your ego.”

#48

“Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word “water” is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.” – Alan Watts

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#49

Thought Provoking Ego Quotes Wayne Dyer Image

“The ego promotes turmoil because it wants to substantiate your separateness from everyone, including God. It will push you in the direction of judgment and comparison and cause you to insist on being right and best. You know your highest self by listening to the voice that only wants you to be at peace.” – Wayne Dyer

#50

“The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly no longer the ego but just an old, conditioned mind pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.” – Eckhart Tolle

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