Balancing Head and Heart is one of the main goals of spiritual development. Learn why it’s important to balance Ego and Soul, and how to do it.
Ego & Soul
Both Head and Heart are our connections to Source. Head and Heart correspond to our Ego and our Soul, and Source is the transcendent observer. The Head and the Hear have unique “voices” which receive messages from the Source. The heart speaks to us through emotions and intuitive leaps. The head speaks to us through reason and common sense. We need both because they receive different types of messages. A balance of power between the two is the deal situation. However, the Ego or Head dominates the life of most people. This is because that’s how the culture trains us. The modern culture values Head over Heart, Ego over Soul.
“Source” is somewhat more difficult to explain. Dr. Dwayne Dyer refers to Source as the Spirit. He considered himself a Sorcerer because he meditated regularly and bathed in this transcendent place of peace. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi talked about Source like the sap in a flower. The sap makes the stem green and flower different colors. So, the sap is the source of the form and essence of the flower. The sap is made by the roots. In his analogy, the root is the link between the ground or transcendent and our conscious awareness. This is the major connection to our intuition.
Another way to look at it is through the analogy of the mansion. Imagine you own a mansion but never go beyond the hallway. That is what living your life from Ego is like.
Ego is Necessary
It’s important to realize that our ego is not our enemy. Our ego is simply the tool that connects our minds to our spirit. It’s a complex mechanism, but we need to be careful not to become fixated or identify ourselves as being any other than an instrument of perception. We need a balance between the Ego, the head voice, and the Soul, the heart voice.
The social environments in which we live are filled with cultural influences and various types of social programming. This programming is often harmful to the balance of the Ego and the Soul.
Without our ego to filter perception, we would be overwhelmed with too much input from our bodies and our environment. That being said, it is important to examine the programming to make sure we are balanced and have not become imbalanced in our thinking. The roles we “assume” the “self-talk” we repeat and the “beliefs” we enable and encourage affect the Ego greatly. And, the output of these filters is being projected by us and experienced by others whether we realize it or not. This is a part of the non-verbal communication that is constantly going on.
The Laws of Attraction
We see how our self-talk relates to the law of attraction, but in a way that we don’t want it to. For example, an unhealthy posture of self-importance makes one self-centered and attracts the same type of people like a magnet. Examining and re-programming your thought-life is a constant chore because we are constantly bombarded with messages from a number of sources that project unhealthy values and judgments. As one grows to understand the elements of the ego and the difference between it and the soul, then you will be able to open your awareness to greater possibilities. If not you are negating the effects of affirmations.
How do learn to balance Head and Heart?
Assess Your Paradigm
First, you need to find out the current balance between the two. Ask yourself some questions. You need to find out who do you listen to the most, your head or your heart. Do answers to problems simply come to you out of the blue? Do you have these leaps of intuitive input on a regular basis? Or, you need to sit and reason things out? Do you find you are paralyzed by indecision? Or, perhaps you avoid making decisions and just see how things work out? Or, do you find you just need some time alone to allow the answers to your questions “come to you?” Be honest with your assessment. Otherwise, you won’t be working toward the correct balance.
Causes of Imbalance
If you are like most people you’ve been exposed to large doses of cultural programming. Most of this directed at selling you things from cars and deodorant to religious ideologies. This is the cultural narrative you need to learn to question. They use psychological techniques that prey on our fears and insecurities. They don’t want you to reason things out. Nor do they want you to reject their sales pitch based on gut-level intuition. Above all, they want you to make an emotional decision prompted by fear or anger. This gets you motivated quickly to buy what they are selling. As a result, advertisers want to “dumb down” the customer.
The educational system centers on memorizing things that will make you a good employee for the people who are selling you stuff. So, if anything this favors the analytical mind or the Ego. Consequently, most people find their intuitive side is well below their analytical. That is their Head is dominate. Their Heart is often silent. Of course, both the Head and Heart voices could benefit from programs that strengthen their abilities. However, most people will benefit from a program that emphasizes learning to hear the Heart voice. This contains the wisdom of their own intuition. The following are some things to keep in mind as you develop your own program to strengthen both your intuition and analytical abilities.
Techniques to Balance Analytical and Intuitive
As mentioned above intuition is not favored in our modern culture. However, many of our greatest and most innovative thinkers in science relied upon their intuition as much as their analytical abilities.
First of all, you will need to dedicate some effort into enhancing your analytical and intuitive abilities. Reading an article or two on logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms will strengthen your analytical mind. The intuition needs nurturing. Learning basic mindfulness meditation techniques can let you nurture yourself no matter where you are. Ideally, you should spend time in nature. You can use active mindfulness techniques here with great results.
Also, we highly recommend the Japanese wellness technique known as forest bathing. This will increase your connection to nature. And, we are a part of nature. So, this strengthens our connection with Source. Lastly, learn more specialized “grounding” techniques like tree grounding. These nurturing tactics will refresh the connection to your intuition. Another tool we recommend is a spiritual journal. Your intuition will speak to you once you start writing. This is by far the best and most underrated spiritual tool. You can do this almost anywhere.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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