How does your ego serve you? — for the facilitator, and the curious —
The topic of ego comes up all the time in the wellness space. And I was recently reminded of a podcast by Lewis Howes (EP 755 Mastering Your Ego) on the topic which sparked this post…
Somehow, you found me. Or, maybe I found you? In any case you decided to take a chance. You signed up for this thing called a ‘Sound Bath’. When you arrive you find yourself in line with about 39 other people holding blankets, pillows, and yoga mats. Its unlike anything you have seen… something that looks like a adult sleepover. With strangers... and Instruments you probably haven’t seen before...
People waiting in line to do NOTHING.
People waiting in line to do nothing while being ENVELOPED by sound and vibration.
People waiting in line to do nothing while being enveloped by sound and vibration TO FEEL something.
To release. To find relief. To find their way. To find hope. To _____
You are greeted with an embrace from me (the facilitator), you set up your space to get cozy, the lights dim, I sit behind my instruments and the shift happens... the attention goes from “Where do I go? What do I do? How do I setup?” To : head up, eyes forward, and present... I now having 40 pairs of eyes shift their attention and focus on me.
As a facilitator (as well as anyone performing or speaking) you can feel this shift in energy. People come to feel inspired, relieve pain, reduce stress, to feel whole, and for other reasons I may never have the opportunity to know. There is great responsibility as a facilitator. THIS is one of those moments you have a choice to make.
Or, be Self serving.
Know why you are there. Know why you are showing up. Know why you are facilitating. The ego has and still comes up for me just like anyone else. While the ego is not necessarily a bad thing, you actually get to choose when to listen to it. (Thanks for the post inspiration Chris Sweat.)