Banishing the Big Self is an easy trick. Let me show you! Simply choose one of the following:
– A supersize bag of potato chips
– Keeping Up with the Kardashians marathon
– A credit card
– Your damn iPhone
Now eat, watch, spend or use whatever poison you chose until you feel gorged, then guilty, then numb. These feelings may not be awesome or wonderful, but good news: they belong exclusively to the Small Self. That means you did it! You’ve made the Big Self disappear, or you’ve at least sent it packing for the evening.
Is your pesky conscience interfering with your eating/watching/spending/using? Fear not! Obsessively checking and responding to work emails is just as effective. Other seemingly-healthy activities like compulsive calorie counting, obscene amounts of kale, developing a new Self, promoting your “brand” online, updating your cosmetics for an earthy, natural glow will also do the trick.
Now there will be times when it feels convenient to bring the Big Self back. You know, at some point you may feel tired of acting phony or anxiety will get the best of you. Or you might need to get the Small Self out of your brain so that you can sleep. You may want to unlock that brilliant inner Big Self and bring it to the party. Here’s where you might turn to drugs or alcohol. These are classic shortcuts to invite the Big Self back to the forefront after you’ve been so cruel to Him or Her! Okay, so it might not actually be the Big Self but you will feel like it is. You will have deep thoughts and fleeting purpose and you will feel just like YOU.