1. a second self; a perfect substitute or deputy
2. an inseparable friend
3. another aspect of one’s self
1. the one true self; perfect self
2. an inseparable friend
3. self as a unique aspect of Oneness
In Latin, alter ego literally means “second I”. A familiar term, “alter ego” is often associated with the idea of a split self, one side of the split being essentially “good” and the other side basically “bad”. The classic example was introduced by Robert Louis Stevenson in his book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which the kindhearted man of integrity Dr. Jekyll takes a potion, revealing his dark side – the wicked and detestable Mr. Hyde.
AlterECO is a term of my own creation, designed to guide my own (and, hopefully, others’) “salvation”. While clearly a play on the term alter ego, a core difference is that while alter ego emphasizes a split or separation (for better or for worse), alterECO – one word – emphasizes connection, oneness (only for the better, never for the worse). Like alter ego, alterECO can certainly be viewed as “an inseparable friend”, but while the former is referring to a friend who is actually separate but seems inseparable, the latter refers to a friend who is truly, literally inseparable, in that this “friend” is one’s true, perfect self.
The alterECO is the very best friend of each of us – and unique to each of us, though how many of us really know, or have even had a proper introduction to, this inseparable friend within us? How many of us have a conscious relationship with our one true self?
So, why ECO in place of ego? While an explanation of this term could lead me deep down the rabbit hole, I hope the following will resonate. ECO is an acronym for Ecology of Conscious Oneness. In short, what I mean by this is that one’s true self is the point of awakening where we – as human “organisms” – interrelate with fellow humans, other beings, and the environment (Ecology) in a way that demonstrates our Conscious awareness of Oneness and the fact that we are each unique aspects of the Oneness that is ALL. Got it? If not, stay tuned, as I will be approaching this concept of the alterECO from different perspectives in upcoming blog posts in hopes of painting a picture that resonates in a powerful, meaningful way with my readers.
Until then, perhaps the following perspective will be useful. Another (totally congruent) way to think of the acronym ECO is “Ecology, Compassion, Oneness”. Thus each person’s alterECO is the one true self, as epitomized by: one’s responsible place in the Ecology of the Universe; one’s Compassion for all life; and one’s awakening to Oneness. Or to borrow the language of Pachamama Alliance (an organization I love!), this would be one who embodies “environmental sustainability” (Ecology), “social justice” (Compassion), and “spiritual fulfillment” (Oneness). I believe every human on Earth (and any that may be drifting in space) has these intrinsic qualities as the very essence of their being. These three qualities explain why we belong.
So, since alter means “second”, how does that fit with the Oneness theme? Outstanding question! Here is where our human perception comes into play. As humans, we have this way of seeing, or sensing, ourselves as “separate from” others (humans, animals, things, ideas, etc.). We feel separate from, so we think in ways that reinforce this false notion of separateness.
In the one word alterECO, I am essentially implying “the One, perceived as separate”. We perceive our true self as separate, but we come to know it is one with us and we are one with it. Kinda like Chirrut Imwe’s mantra in Star Wars Rogue One, “I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.” But perhaps not including all of the awesome Jedi moves.
Have you met your alterECO? Stay tuned for more about this guiding light in your life.
May your alterECO guide you to truly fulfilling day!
Excerpt from Trump: The Art of the Deal (p 47-48): “One of the keys to thinking big is total focus. I think of it almost as a controlled neurosis, which is a quality I’ve noticed in many highly successful entrepreneurs. They’re obsessive, they’re driven, they’re single-minded, and sometimes they’re almost maniacal, but it’s all channeled into their work. Where other people are paralyzed by neurosis, the people I’m talking about are actually helped by it.”
neurosis 1. … a functional disorder in which feelings of anxiety, obsessional thoughts, compulsive acts, and physical complaints without objective evidence of disease, in various degrees and patterns, dominate the personality.
maniac 1. a raving or violently insane person; lunatic.
This explains a lot. This single book excerpt largely explains the enormity of the challenge we as a nation are facing now. On the one hand, it is not difficult to understand – and appreciate – how great success in business requires keen focus. Many of us realize that we could attain greater success in many areas of our life were we to have a greater capacity for focus.Continue reading
woo-woo adjective 1. (derogatory, slang) based on or involving irrational superstition
Have you Ever Wondered how “Woo Woo” are you?
I mean, let’s be honest here – at least with yourself. Do you really believe all that stuff you “believe”?
If you were in a place where no one could hear you but yourself and it was one of those rare days after a good night’s sleep when you had all of your wits about you … could you say – without questioning the veracity of your own words or thoughts (or thoughts and words shared with you by others)… or – at the very least cracking a smile – that your beliefs are all reasonable and rational? Remember, no one can hear you. I’m just asking you to be true to yourself. Do any of those beliefs you grew up with or found along life’s path seem at all irrational? At all unreasonable? Even a wee bit illogical?Continue reading
There is never enough time!
Don’t we all know it to be true, that there is never, ever enough time? I mean absolutely, unquestionably, undeniably true?!
Well, it is surely true when there is something important we need to do! Something important, but perhaps not super urgent. Like, it wouldn’t kill me if I didn’t do it today, or tomorrow, or this week. Heck, I could survive not doing it for a month, a quarter, a year, … a lifetime?Continue reading
Ever seem that life’s experiences just don’t add up to anything worthwhile?
Ever wonder how many times you have to go down that same damn road until it finally leads where you really want to go?
Ever feel that your attention is divided in multiple directions, keeping you in a fog?
Ever wish you could just subtract some of the stuff you’ve done that leaves you feeling like a fraction of what you could be?
If life were a series of math problems, would you be a straight “A” student or might you be wishing you could repeat the course?
Well, I’m not a math expert either, but I know that sometimes it can help to put our undivided attention on a simple equation that will multiply the happiness of ourselves and those around us:
Or even simpler, in the words of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
Here’s to a day – and a life – that counts in multiple ways!Continue reading
What if your survival depended, essentially, on the “dollar store”?
How might it feel to be among the 2.7 billion people living on less than two US dollars per day, or the over one billion people living on a daily average income of one dollar or less per day? And these United Nations statistics reveal only one aspect of the struggle of poverty, as for many it also “means having to walk more than one mile everyday simply to collect water and firewood; it means suffering diseases that were eradicated from rich countries decades ago.” According the the UN, “every year eleven million children die – most under the age of five and more than six million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.”Continue reading
ef·fi·cient: achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.
ef·fec·tive: successful in producing a desired or intended result.
in·ef·fec·tive: not producing any significant or desired effect.
Peter Drucker explains in his book, The Effective Executive, the difference between efficiency and effectiveness: “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.”Continue reading