One of the most beautiful things in existence is confidence.
Not only does it get things done, it's sexy and intuitive and helps a lot in making good decisions. Confidence is what pulls us up when we've fallen off one of life's logs, it's what keeps our backs straight against the ravages of adversity.
And it tells other people that we're not a woosey doormat, even if at times we can find ourselves acting like one.
The ideal scenario is to have attained the level of self-management wherein you don't need anyone else to give you that sense of confidence, and nothing anyone does can take it away from you. However, in reality, the only people who seem to achieve such a state of self-support are those who care very little about other people in any case - not wishing to be political here, a few prominent figures spring to mind. There is a difference, I suggest, between the unconditional love we could be forgiven for seeking within ourselves, and the love of self which the ego would have us believe is great, while tearing our way through encounters and opportunities with talons firmly outstretched.
The lady being interviewed in her mystical head-gear was talking enthusiastically about her awakening, her ascension, her spiritual prowess and psychic certainties. As it was, I was waiting for some interesting revelations on the subject matter at hand, which fell short on the final analysis because I'd seen this kind of thing before.
I bought a book once, which described a spiritual journey taken by several people, detailing their adventures in a very inspiring kind of way. Investigating the authors, I paid one of them a visit by arrangement. She knew the story almost line for line, she related it to me then and there in her kitchen (with room for edit, of course - this was the 'live' version!). Then she tried to sell me consultations with one of her co-authors. In fact the attempts to sell me consultations continued long after I'd left her house. The book, it seems, was intended to 'catch' gullible people like me who believed what was written. Now, of course, I've very little reason to believe any of it was true at all.
You can also find yourself in a position to control others, and that includes being able to sell to them. Trust and selling have ceased to be synonymous with each other - if they ever were, if it wasn't all in my fond imagination. The point is, Ego strives for control, and while that can be a very healthy thing in navigating our way to the bare necessities of life, it's also pointed out that the bare necessities of life will come to you. So by definition, you don't need Ego to tell you where they are.
When we feel elated, we could say that the ego put us up there, but more often than not we feel that way because of other people. We feel that way when people give us credulity, respect, and love. We feel that way when our trials have been vindicated, when events turn out to be alright after all, when our box is ticked by something of significance. The happening might be belated - things rarely turn out as we expect, and never according to our pre-conception of perfect timing. In the final analysis, though, we usually find it's related to a greater scheme of things, this elation. We need connectivity to fuel our sense of lift, to get on the thermal and, if we're lucky, keep going on up.
If nothing can then shoot you down, does that make you a better person? Are you a better person than me because I cry at times and you don't? Am I better than you because I write stuff and you don't? No. I look for ways to keep Ego in check and I find them - some might say I find them too often. Each to their own. Whether or not we choose to admit it, we need each other. We have needs, and it's okay. How those needs manifest is different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to communicate. Touch is important, and there are many ways to touch. Perhaps that's why we've found ourselves on this spiritual journey. Maybe we're having to learn how to touch in 5D. Maybe we're having to learn about a different kind of balance now that 'mental health' is seen to require a little craziness to spill from our souls - the balance in ourselves that lets us recognise balance for what it is, appreciating that we can't always be expected to maintain it. Being free involves the making of mistakes - freedom demands forgiveness, the ability to let go, an open mind prepared to entertain the unexpected. Be gentle on yourself, no less than the trees and the stars, for no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.