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Conflict to Clarity
Inner conflict arises when we are operating from a place that is disconnected from Soul or not connected deeply enough with it. The conflict can be between the Soul and the Shadow Ego or between parts of the Shadow Ego.
The Soul is your True Self. Your Shadow Ego is comprised of the many impressions your brain had collected over the course of your life from your conditioning, namely from your parents, culture and people around you and the stories you made up about the world based on painful experiences you had.
Let’s make this more concrete.
Think about shiny object syndrome and going for that next shiny object. It’s the shadow ego that does that because it’s always looking for something to fulfill it, to make it happy, to satisfy its unending hunger. Inside of this place, the inner conflict will never end.
We must switch to a different place inside, the place of the Soul.
In that moment of inner conflict, what if you were to ask your Soul what it wants you to do in that moment. The Soul always has a clear answer.
What if you can’t hear the voice of the soul clearly? That’s where your Daily Nirvana Practices come in, especially your morning practice. As you strengthen your connection to your soul through your practice, the voice of the soul will start to become more clear and you will know what to do, moment by moment.
The problem that can arise once the voice of the Soul becomes stronger is that the Shadow Ego wants to fight with the Soul, to convince it that the Soul’s way is impractical and doesn’t make sense.
It can be difficult to choose the Soul’s way. It is, however, the only way to find true joy and pleasure in your life. It’s the only way to truly experience Daily Nirvana.
The more you follow the voice of your Soul, the more self-trust you will develop, the more congruent you will feel, and the less other noise like resentment, fear of consequences and fear of failure will arise.
Let’s explore one more example. Inner conflict about an external situation. Perhaps your partner isn’t showing up the way you want him or her to? Perhaps your boss or your co-worker is being mean or unfair?
People do what they do, and if we are attached to them showing up a particular way, that’s a sure recipe for inner conflict and upset.
First, identify your attachment in the situation. What are you attached to the other person doing? Sometimes, just by noticing the attachment, it lessens.
If the attachment is still strong, then practice is required in trying to let go of it. This is not easy.
The more we detach from it, the happier we are, and the more likely it is that we will receive what we want from the universe. It’s a difficult paradox.
Sometimes, in the realm of other people, direct communication about wants and needs can also be helpful.
If you detach from what you want them to do before having such a communication, it will go much more smoothly and be more effective.
The best way to deal with this type of issue with other people is to become adept at uninstalling triggers and letting go of attachments. And, the best way to do that is to strengthen your spiritual practice, your Daily Nirvana Practice.
There were also some great ideas in the Week 3 post about doubt which will assist with decreasing inner conflict.
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