My ego's greatest fear is being taken down. I have a story that goes something like this. "If I be me, I'll be taken down and have nothing left. I'll have everything to lose and I can't bear that pain again. So don't have anything to lose".
Recently this came up when I was doing a process on being my real and raw self. The same story reared its head and it became obvious that my ego is so consumed with, "not being me", because if I'm not the true me, then nothing can hurt me. As a result, if I stayed focused on that, protecting myself for fear of being rejected and alone, I'd abandon my soul for a false sense of security.
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