Daily Angel Oracle Card: Treading, from the Tao Oracle, by Ma Deva Padma
Treading: “There are basically two modes of conduct in human life: conduct that arises from ego, and conduct that arises from essence. While it can be a lifelong endeavor to acquire the inner awareness, centering, and integration that enable you to act from essence, the hexagram of Treading characterizes a situation where the differences between these two modes of conduct come sharply into focus.
When you feel impatient or irritated with someone or something, it is a sure sign that the ego is agitated by the possibility its desires won’t be met. The ego isn’t hard to identify once it begins aggressively promoting its own cause and pushing others aside to get its way, regardless of the consequences. Cut off from any influence other than its own wants, the ego fuels an inner attitude that undervalues other people and, consciously or unconsciously, oversteps their personal boundaries. You tend to believe you have special dispensation to go for it regardless of whether ‘it’ is in sync with the rest of life or not. Anyone who is seen to be working at cross purposes to the ego’s agenda is self-righteously dismissed as irrelevant, inept, or impossible.
In situations involving the completion of a project, or working together with a team, ego-driven conduct never takes responsibility for the glitches, but it is quick to claim the credit for any success. In situations of private unhappiness, it is the ego that wants to avoid all responsibility by placing blame on some other person, superstition, or outside force like fate.
Once we have lost the awareness and integrity of essence and become distracted by the demands of the ego, we tend to start acting like robots, using old conditioned behaviour patterns that are so entrenched that we start thinking this is what makes up ‘me.’ For the ego, functioning from habit is trouble-free because it can play out its favourite program of fantasies and projections without interference from the risky reality that opens up when sensitivity, spontaneity, and trust are allowed to lead the way.
The essence, on the other hand, is so self-assured and at home in its own skin that it has no need to prove itself by advancing its own goals against the goals of others. It is happy to move on the middle path and takes great interest in the challenge of remaining aware of each step on the way. When you act from essence, in other words, you act with awareness and sensitivity to all the variables in play, including the feelings of those around you, the demands of the times, and how your actions might best promote a greater sense of harmony and understanding. This is particularly true when you sense that there is trouble brewing somewhere ‘out there’ or within yourself. When you act from essence, you understand that marching to the beat of your own drum is not contradictory to playing in harmony with the band. We tread this fine line between egoistic drives and essential awareness throughout the whole of our lives. Getting savvy to these individual attributes of human nature makes the going a lot less treacherous, and a lot more rewarding.”*
~ By Ma Deva Padma
Who runs our lives, our egos or our Souls?
If we are not sure, it is quite easy to figure it out. Are you stressed, fearful, worried, doubtful, angry, frustrated, jealous, possessive, spiteful or judgmental? Or are you able to detach from this lower vibrational emotions and look at situations with compassion, understanding, love and acceptance? When we let ego steer the ship, we spend a lot of time trying to compete or one up others. We worry that what we have may be taken from us. We worry we may be alone, in poverty, or rejected. We shun those who are different from us. We protect what is ours and we are distrusting of others. We think that life is hard and that we must fight to get what we want.
When we let Soul take over, we can relax. We can trust in the Universe. We can share of ourselves. We can let others be themselves without trying to judge or change them. We can forgive. We feel compassion. We know that we are taken care of, and that we will prosper. We believe in ourselves, and we know that we can make good choices. We don’t have to worry about repeating old patterns. We learn and we move forward.
This message is an invitation to look closely at what aspect is ruling your reality. Ego or Soul? If you find that ego has crept in when you weren’t paying attention, reign it in and trust. Listen to your intuition instead of the voice of fear. Follow your heart instead of focusing on the worst-case-scenario. You got this!
Soul whispers to you through your heart center. Weigh your options in your heart center when making decisions. Do what feels light and right to you, for the highest good. Don’t worry about losing what is yours, as what is yours will come to you.
Open your heart and lead with love. Give the ego a much needed vacation.