Sounds like it is the ego! No wonder it is so powerless. And I guess it doesn't sound like me because it's not my true self, but acting on fear. It's so weird--but I'm so glad I've identified it. I've been trying to do what Erin talks about in that article for years (distinguishing), and it felt like I wasn't improving, but now I can see I was--any small improvement in ability to discern makes a huge difference.
Also, I want to thank Erin for the article about spirit guides guiding us. Just yesterday I had a situation where I was at the right place exactly at the right time, to get some information I needed to know. The sequence of events for that to happen was amazing, I was definitely guided! My bike lock got frozen, I was going to abandon it but I went back, I was going to go straight home, but I went elsewhere instead...and so on, until I was finally in the right place at the right time. I was floored (it wasn't even good news--but I needed to know). Reading the articles here has really increased my appreciation for everything that's going on, helping me to listen more. It's all perfect.