Ego vs. Higher Self: What's The Difference?

ego vs higher self difference

What is your ego?

Your ego lives in the subconscious part of your mind, the part that runs on autopilot. Every memory and experience in your entire lifetime exists in this space, therefore your ego self is basing every decision out of fear of past experiences.

The ego’s only objective is to keep you safe, which means keeping you in the familiar because it believes it’s doing so to ensure your survival.

Your ego self keeps you repeating the same patterns of behavior over and over again, ensuring a habit or addiction remains active.

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Many of us live completely from ego. We trust the ego self to guide us through life, but forget our ego is always at the mercy of the conditioning of society, its systems and structures, and the formative years of development where we couldn’t choose what upbringing we experienced and what we were exposed to.

Your ego voice is the voice of doubt, manipulation and critical analysis. It’s like a misunderstood friend that feels disempowered. It just needs intentional guidance from you.

Characteristics of the ego

  • Lives in the past
  • Wants to protect you and keep you safe
  • Criticizes
  • Loves the familiar
  • Lives in scarcity and believes there's never enough
  • Doubts
  • The hurt part of you
  • Lives in the 3D world and is subject to societal conditioning
  • Helps you survive 


What is your higher self?

By contrast, your higher self is the version of you that lives only in the present moment. This is the space where time does not exist, therefore this version of you is unattached to anything outside of you.

Your higher self is your internal guide. It’s consistently trying to encourage and steer you in the direction of your highest potential and timeline.

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Your higher self is the voice of encouragement, support and unconditional love. This voice already knows what you need in the moment and will guide you to exactly the right experiences at the right time... if you listen to it.

Characteristics of the higher self

  • Lives in the present
  • Wants to guide you to your highest potential
  • Encourages
  • Loves the new
  • Lives in abundance and believes there's more than enough
  • Trusts
  • The best part of you
  • Connected to the divine realm
  • Helps you thrive


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