Ego-based actions are those that have a benefit to me as a person, those that will make me look good to others, that show how good of a person I am, or that I will get a direct reward from. Am I doing this because it benefits me? Am I doing this because I feel obligated to? Am I making this decision out of fear? If the answer is yes, it is from ego.
Spirit-based decisions are made from a standpoint of Unconditional Love. This means doing something because that is what is best for the Universe not because it is what is best for me; it means doing things where I expect absolutely nothing in return (not even a thank-you); and it means that I whatever I do, I do because I want to not because I "should" or feel obligated to.
Prior to the release of the Infinite Healing™ book I had written down several goals, one of which was to have the book on the New York Times best-seller list. I regularly used the Infinite Healing™ tools to direct the energy to try to help me accomplish this goal. After the release of the book, an overwhelming feeling of Peace came over me and I KNEW in my Heart that getting the book published was actually the ultimate goal. Whether it sells a few thousand or millions doesn't matter-the information is out there for those who are ready for it. As I looked back over the goals I had set, I noticed that most of them were ego-based. This list is no longer posted where I see it every day and is now in my recycle bin. My Spirit-based goal for the book is to help as many people as possible.
Now that I am aware of the difference, before I make a decision of whether or not I will do something, I ask myself, "Am I taking action from Spirit or ego?". If the answer is ego, I re-evaluate the situation.
Do you take action from Spirit or ego?