Living Universally: Moving Beyond My Ego-Centric Self

Awareness Creation Consciousness 2 min read , June 16, 2024

In a world inundated with constant news cycles and personal challenges, it is easy to become ensnared in an ego-centric mindset. Whether it's global events like COVID-19, political upheavals such as the war in Ukraine, or personal milestones and tribulations, our focus tends to narrow down to how these occurrences affect us individually. This localized thinking keeps us tethered to smallness, limiting our potential for spiritual growth and universal understanding.

The Trap of Ego-Centric Thinking

At its core, ego-centric thinking is about self-preservation and self-interest. We often find ourselves wondering, "What's in it for me?" This question permeates various aspects of our lives—from career decisions to family dynamics, from societal issues to personal relationships. The ego's primary concern is its own well-being and advancement.

This perspective isn't inherently negative; after all, self-care and personal development are crucial aspects of a balanced life. However, when we allow this mindset to dominate our thoughts and actions, we become disconnected from the broader tapestry of existence.

My Ego-Centric Self by Aingeal Rose & Ahonu
My Ego-Centric Self, a short motivational video by Aingeal Rose & Ahonu

Shifting from Ego-Centric To Thinking Globally

Imagine for a moment that you are part of something far greater than yourself—a cosmic plan that has been unfolding for billions of years. Our lifespans may seem significant within the confines of our ego-centric human experience, but they are mere blinks in the vast timeline of universal evolution.

Recognizing this can be profoundly liberating. When we shift our focus from immediate concerns to long-term, global perspectives, new possibilities emerge. We begin to see ourselves as integral parts of a much larger whole—interconnected with every other being on this planet and beyond.

Embracing Universal Consciousness

To live universally means to transcend the limitations imposed by ego-centric thinking. It means embracing a consciousness that acknowledges the interconnectedness of all things—people, animals, nature, even celestial bodies.

Practical Steps Toward Universal Living

  1. Mindful Awareness: Cultivate mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga that help quiet the ego-centric self's incessant chatter.
  2. Empathy Development: Make a conscious effort to understand others' perspectives and experiences.
  3. Global Education: Educate yourself about global issues and cultures different from your own.
  4. Service-Oriented Actions: Engage in acts of service that benefit not just yourself but also your community and the world at large.
  5. Spiritual Exploration: Delve into spiritual teachings that emphasize unity and interconnectedness.

The Transformative Power of Universal Thinking

When we adopt a universal perspective, our lives transform in remarkable ways:

  • Enhanced Relationships: Understanding our interconnectedness fosters deeper connections with others.
  • Greater Resilience: Viewing challenges through a broader lens helps us navigate difficulties with grace and resilience.
  • Expanded Creativity: A universal mindset opens up new avenues for creative expression.
  • Profound Peace: Recognizing our place within the cosmic order brings about an inner peace that transcends daily worries.


Living universally requires us to move beyond ego-centric thinking toward a more expansive understanding of existence. By recognizing our interconnectedness with all life forms and embracing long-term perspectives over immediate concerns, we unlock potentials within ourselves that were previously unimaginable.

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As we journey through this transformative process together, let us remember that each step forward not only elevates our individual lives but also contributes positively to the collective consciousness of humanity.

Blessings on your path toward universal living!

My Ego-Centric Self by Aingeal Rose & Ahonu
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