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Are You Ruled by Your Self or Your Ego?

There's a constant battle going on in our heads between the ego and the self. Find out which dominates you in order to help you find balance. We're not insane, we're just human!
 
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most furious, how mad are you when you lose in competition?
0-2
9-10
6-8
3-5
 
Should you be praised for all of your good deeds?
YES
NO
 
How hard is it to forgive someone who has wronged you?
It's definitely hard
I hold grudges
I choose to forget
I always forgive
 
You just tripped and fell in front of everybody. What's the first thing that comes to mind?
"My stuff!!!!!"
"Everybody saw that..."
"Haha, I just fell!"
"I can't believe I just fell"
 
Someone does you a favor and asks for nothing in return. Do you have to make it even or do you say thank you?
I must return the favor!
I just say thank you!
 
If you said you'll do something, you'll do it. No matter the circumstances.
NO
YES
 
What's your response when receiving negative feedback?
Facially expressive
Not listening
Waiting to defend
Listening
 
Something happened that's not your fault at all, but ends up being your responsibility and it looks like there's no way out of it. How do you react?
"I didn't even do anything!"
"I accept responsibility."
"There's always a way out. I'm not taking the blame for this!"
"I seriously didn't do anything, but OK"
 
Is it easy for you to put the needs of others before your own?
NO
YES
 
You receive a compliment, how do you feel inside?
Thanks! You know it!
Yeah, I guess you're right!
Duh! Tell me about it!
A sincere 'thank you'
 
Do you dream of being famous?
All the time
Once in a while
Rarely
It's my worst nightmare
 
Do you believe in a higher power?
I wholeheartedly do
I think I do
Not really
Definitely not
You are ruled by your Ego!
 
Being ruled by your ego isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely isn't a great thing either! If one is ruled by one's own ego then it is out of balance with the self and that can lead to big problems! You see, the ego is existential and continually changing. A healthy ego's job is to observe, assess, and act in accordance with one's goals while making choices that reflect one's deepest wishes, values, powers, and needs. However when the ego gets out of control, one starts to have many of the following symptoms: One has to win, has to be right, holds grudges, must have it their way, has to be praised for every good deed, cannot be taught anything, is concerned with how things will look, cannot be dependent on others, cannot lose face/apologize, etc. The ego is essential as it is a part of the yin and yang of our psyche, and sort of makes us who we individually are... but only because "individuality" separates us from the truth that we are all one! Our work is to display in our ego actions and choices which are the eternal design of the Self aka "the light". So continue to let the light shine through and keep saying yes to what "is" whether you like it or not, because in the end, it's all for your betterment!
You are ruled by your Self!
 
Being ruled by your self isn't a bad thing at all, but it's true that if you were completely ruled by your self then this wouldn't exist you see! Our self is essential and is of that which is permanent and indestructible in us; you could call this the "good in humanity" per se. Being ruled by your self would mean for you to be at complete and 100% peace with each and every thing happening in your life... and that is hard to do! Part of this means that you are completely in tune with what you're feeling or sensing right now, completely in the moment and in agreement with what is, whether you like it or not. You are trusting that whatever the universe provides is for your betterment, not looking for "soft" landings but allowing yourself to land on concrete reality no matter how hard it may be. So please, continue to go out of character, and explore different lifestyles, belief systems, interests and careers all for understanding and with a sense of humor! Your ego is your personality and vitally needed for direction in this world, but it is only beneficial when in balance with your true self. Our work is to display in our ego actions and choices, the eternal design of the self. You're on the right track so never give up!
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