Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself

Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself

by Trina Carroll-Houk
Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself

Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself

by Trina Carroll-Houk


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"Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself" reveals the secret to happiness and fulfillment which can only be learned through personal experience. Fortunately, Trina Carroll-Houk has had that experience. She can teach you how to break free from what's holding you back from living a life of inner peace. To live a rewarding life, we need to break free from our ego, and that doesn't happen by accident. It happens with intention. Learn how to discover your true identity and embrace your inner spirituality. All of life's problems are created in the mind—yet the solutions are found beyond the mind! This book will teach you the evolutionary process of living in a higher dimension of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781098347901
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 360
File size: 2 MB

About the Author


Trina Carroll-Houk is a spiritual teacher, counselor, and founder of Breaking Free Boundaries, LLC who specializes in self-awareness, mindfulness, and the spiritual dimension of being. Her goal is to help people improve their quality of life so they can experience inner peace, meaningful purpose, and fulfillment. Trina represents a movement focused on helping people release what limits them from transforming into awakened beings with a higher sense of spiritual consciousness.

Trina's professional experience primarily comes from serving as an instructor at leading universities, a spiritual teacher and counselor in her practice, as well as a teacher in the public schools. Because of her own personal experience of great loss, growth, and recovery, she shares the process she went through in a course she developed and published in "Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself." In this course, Trina uses personal inner and outer boundaries as a tool to teach people how to free themselves from a split existence in which most of us live our lives. It's her greatest desire that others will also discover their true identity, learn how to live in inner peace, as well as break free from the pain and suffering that holds them back from reclaiming the abundant life that's waiting for them now.

According to Trina, too often we get caught living a split life between two worlds. We become lost trying to live life in both our inner and outer worlds. In this place of confusion, we have no idea how to enjoy living life in inner peace, in the present moment. The Breaking Free Process she offers in the book helps the reader to discover their true identity and the one authentic life as they learn what's false. In her work, she teaches people how to gain authority over their lives by recognizing, neutralizing, and moving beyond the conditioned, unconsciousness experienced through the ego's voice of fear and doubt. Trina's goal is to help others learn how to overcome negative thoughts, challenging emotions, and reactive behavior that holds them back. Mastering the ego mind gives us the quality of life we desire most. Trina says, "When we learn how to quiet our mind by getting to know exactly who we are, we can connect to the consciousness of our true inner self that transcends the spiritually unconscious, split mind of the false ego self. This is where we break free to live in a state of inner peace all the time."

Trina has a private practice in Largo, Florida, where she offers individual and group sessions.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xv

Part I Discovering Identity and Authority

Chapter 1 You Are Not Who You "Think" You Are 3

Our Predicament 5

The Problem 8

The Solution 9

Hope in the Breaking Free Process 15

Identity and the Roles We Play 19

Chapter 2 Personal Boundaries 25

Investigating Boundaries: 4 Areas and 3 Resources 26

Authority in Ownership and Responsibility 28

Clarifying Inner and Outer Boundaries 34

False Beliefs and the Search for Truth 36

Chapter 3 Breaking Free Process and the Pyramid Model 45

Breaking Free Pyramid Model 46

1 Mental Step and Stage 51

2 Emotional Step and Stage 55

3 Physical Step and Stage 59

4 Spiritual Step and Stage 62

Chapter 4 Our Origin, Separation, and the Split Self 69

Origin from Birth 69

The Separation 71

Our Choice in Eden 72

The Mess We're In 74

The Split Self 76

Our Psyche and the Three Parts of Freud's Ego Characters 77

The Evolution of the Split Ego Self 79

Chapter 5 Recognizing and Knowing the True Spiritual Self 81

Defining the True Spiritual Self 82

Recognizing the True Spiritual Self 84

Characteristics and Traits of the True Spiritual Self 86

Part II Overcoming Obstacles

Chapter 6 Recognizing and Knowing the False Ego Self 93

Defining the False Ego Self 93

Recognizing the False Ego Self 97

Characteristics and Traits of the False Ego Self 101

Exploring the False Ego Self 106

Observing the Ego Bully's Voice and Applying Meditation 112

Chapter 7 Resisting Reality 117

Resistances to Obstacles 118

The Mind Formula 121

Dualism 126

Ego Committee Members 132

Committee Member Example: Guilty Gail and the Pain of Guilt 135

Chapter 8 Understanding Thought 139

Four Levels of Thought 140

In Thought 141

Below Thought 145

Above Thought 146

Focused Thinking 148

Widening the Gap Between Thoughts 151

Thought and the Dimensions of Time 156

Investigating Our Thoughts and Inquiry Work 163

Inner Peace 169

Chapter 9 The Busy Mind 173

Nature of the Busy Mind 174

Cycling Pattern of Thoughts and Our Resources 179

Normal and New Behavior Processes 182

Normal Behavior (5Rs1) 182

New Behavior (5Rs2) 187

Behavior Cycles and Comparisons 194

Finding Your Voice of Authority with the Ego 196

Finding Your Voice with Others: Considering a Request and Saying No 198

Chapter 10 Inner Pain and Suffering 203

The Painful Cycle 205

Types of Inner Pain and Suffering 207

Attachments and Identity 211

Painful Extremes in the Cycling 216

Loving the Unacceptable to Balance the Extremes 218

Loving the Reality of What Is 222

Part III Breaking Free

Chapter 11 Loving Yourself 227

Integrity: Healthy Boundaries, Relationships, and Telling the Truth 228

Investigating Core False Beliefs 232

Self-Esteem, Self-Acceptance, and Taking Things Personally 236

Depersonalizing: Approval, Special Relationships, and Transactions 242

Real True Love 247

Knowing and Loving Who You Are 251

Overcoming the Fear of Letting Go 258

Chapter 12 Applying Key Practices to Breaking Free 263

Breaking Free Process 264

Breaking Free Key Practices 265

A Deeper Look: Using the Twelve Key Practices 268

Breaking Free Process and Practices 276

A Pathway to Inner Peace: Unconditional Happiness 278

Breaking Free 284

Part IV Going Beyond

Chapter 13 Awakening to Reality 291

Awakening from the Dream 292

Evolving into the Seat of the Soul 300

New Consciousness and Old Unconsciousness 301

Shifting Seats and Changing Channels 304

Chapter 14 Paradise Regained 315

Our Life Purpose 315

Our True Identity 319

Our Return to the Edenic State of Being 326

My Story 329

References 333

Acknowledgments 335

About the Author 337

About the Company 339

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