Oprah shares what she now thinks about one of her most talked-about moments and offers advice for recognizing when our egos are getting the best of us and ways to help set ourselves straight.
Today’s Question: Where does my ego get in my way?
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Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes: We can’t begin to be true ourselves unless we know who we are. No thing, no material possession matters in terms of defining who you are.
When we get separated from our “knowing”, our inner place, we get lost. We get into our ego.
Ego is defined as any identification with form – identifying with anything that is not the center of ourselves – things, status, position, possessions. Ego is a dissociation from my true value. Ego is a false sense of self. When a child starts to identify with an object, the ego starts. The moment I can identify my ego, I diminish its power.
When I get in touch with my true self, my awareness, that is me disguised as a person.
Am I defined about what other people say? Does it determine how I feel?
When I receive criticism, they could be right.
Does I love you equals I’ll trade you?
Is this a business contract or do I really love you?
I’m happier when I love you – whether or not you love me. It matters not – whether or not you participate.
Just the fact that I’m here makes me “worthy”.
Oprah’s Lifeclass Lesson 1: The False Power of Ego