Your ego is the set of beliefs which define you as what you accomplish and accumulate in a material sense. Your ego is solely responsible for the feelings of self doubt and self repudiation that you may carry around. When you attempt to live by the low level standards of your ego, you’re a hostage to that very same ego. Your worth as a person is measured by your acquisitions and accomplishments. If you have less stuff, you’re less valuable, and therefore unworthy of respect from others. If others don’t respect you, and your value depends on how others see you, then its unimaginable for you to have self respect. You become a hostage to this low level ego energy, which has you constantly striving for self respect through others.
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Your ego’s belief that you’re separate from everyone, separate from what’s missing in your life, and most egregiously, separate from God, further hampers your ability to live up to the intention of respecting yourself. Ego’s idea of separation fosters your feeling of being in competition with everyone, and evaluating your worth based on how frequently you emerge as a winner. As a hostage to your ego, self-respect is unavailable because you feel judged for your failures. It’s out of this bleak picture, produced by the negative ego, that self rejection emerges. It captures you and makes a hostage of you, never allowing you to play host to that from which you originated.
Reference : The Power of Intention. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.