Frank M. Wanderer – The Ego – Friend or Obstacle? – 9-1-15

By Frank M. Wanderer, The Mind Unleashed, August 30, 2015

Found at:  http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/09/01/frank-m-wanderer-the-ego-friend-or-obstacle/

In your present, individual state of consciousness we identify with the thoughts and emotions that appear in our mind, so we believe that we are a separate, illusionary person, an Ego. The truth is that we are the embodiment of Life, we are born into this world as a result of a miracle, and later we are lost amidst the multitude of teachings and dogmas.

After identifying with our beliefs and convinctions we forget who we really are, who the person born in us into the world in order to experience existence and get acquainted with all the teachings. A sign of awakening is when we realize that the state when we identify with our Ego is of very low order, very poor, and there are more significant mysteries behind our existence. Only the consciousness of the present moment is able to terminate the illusory self-interpretation and elevate the person’s consciousness to a higher, more spiritual level.

What is an Ego?

Ego is the central figure of our personal history, based upon the past and looking into the future. The components of the Ego are thoughts, emotions, memories (with which the person identifies as “my story”), fixed unconscious roles and collective identifications (nationality, religion, etc.). Most people completely identify with these components of the Ego, and for them no self “outside” of this exists.

The Ego is shaped by the past, determining its structure and contents. The structure of the Ego is an unconscious factor, which forces the individual to reinforce his/her identity by joining an external object. The content of the Ego will then be the thing with which the individual identified him/herself (my house, my car, my child, my intelligence, my opinion, etc.). The contents of the Ego (with which the individual identifies) are shaped by the environment and upbringing of the person, that is, the culture in which the person becomes an adult.

The identification of the Ego with things (object, the person’s own body, way of thinking) creates the link of the individual to various things. The Ego (and thus the spiritually unconscious person) experiences his/her existence through the possession of various objects. The satisfaction provided by the sense of possession is, however, short, so the individual usually carries on the pursuit for new objects. There is a powerful motivation behind this activity of the individual, a psychological demand to obtain more, the unconscious sense of “not yet enough,” and this feeling surfaces in a want for more. This want is a more powerful driving force for the Ego than the desire to possess. The uneasy feelings, recklessness, boredom, stress and dissatisfaction are all largely the products of the dissatisfied longing for more.

The thoughts such as “it’s mine,” “I want it,” “I need it,” “it is not enough,” belong to the structure of the Ego. The content of the Ego changes with time; it is replaced with new contents. No content is, however, able to lastingly satisfy the Ego as long as the structure of the Ego remains in its place. The individual keeps looking for something different, something that promises a greater satisfaction, making the sense of self of the individual more complete.

This structure determines the various functions of the Ego. In Eckhart Tolle’s opinion the most important of the functions are the following:

  •  The Ego strives to protect, sustain and expand itself,
  • The Ego functions in survival mode.

One of the most important strategies of the Ego to sustain and reinforce itself is the experience of “I am right.” This is the identification of an idea, position, evaluation. Nothing gives the Ego more power than experiencing that “I am right.”

One of the favorite self-reinforcing strategies of the Ego is complaining. Complaining implies the sense that “I am right.” When another Ego refuses to accept that “I am right,” it is an offense to the complaining Ego, which. in turn, further reinforces its self-awareness.

The statement that the Ego functions in a survival mode means that it continually struggles to remain “psychologically alive,” so it regards other Egos as rivals or even enemies. It is the desire of the Ego to be right, and thus overcome the other, ensuring its own superiority.

The Ego is a Small Part of the Personality

If we wish to understand how the Ego works, we must not disregard the fact that Ego is only a small part of our personality. Ego is a part of the personality, and its content comes from our sensory perceptions and memories (our life history and knowledge and experience gathered throughout our life). Ego is the thinking, feeling and sensing part. The part of our Ego we show the external world is termed by Carl G. Jung as Persona, the acting personality. That part of the Ego is foregrounded when we are in the company of other people. That is, in fact, the collection of our masks.

A large part of the personality is constituted by the unconscious Ego, termed by Freud as the instinctive Ego. That is where out most basic instincts (eating, sexuality etc.) are found, and also the part of the personality described by Carl Gustav Jung as the Shadow. The ”Shadow” is shaped and developed by society, almost simultaneously with our role playing personality. Children, when they wish to meet their parents’–and through them, society’s–expectations, begin to develop these masks. These masks are like what environment shapes them to be. Rejecting certain stimuli offered by the environment triggers the disapproval of our teachers, so the intention to reject stimuli is suppressed. That is how our ”shadow-personality” develops. It does exists within our personality, but our education relegates it into our subconscious.

Freud believes that the third important component of our personality is the Superego. It comprises the social values that the culture in which we grow up finds important. In the course of a long and complicated process these values are incorporated into our personality and manifests as the ideal self (the person we would like to be). These values become integral, inner parts of the personality, and surface as opinion and convinction.

The findings of psychological research suggest that more than 90% of the functions of the personality are unconscious. Large parts of the Instinct-Ego, the Persona and the Superego are unconscious. The functions of the Ego are also largely unconscious.

The Ego is responsible for the integrity of the personality, for our inner well-being. This is no small task for the Ego, as it is constantly bombarded by unconscious expectations from the Instinct Ego and the Shadow, attempting to influence its behaviour. It generates anguish in the Ego (that is, in ourselves), manifested as discomfort (we do not feel all right). The Ego wishes to escape from the anguish, so it uses also subconscious mechanisms. Such a mechanism is, for instance, projection. The Ego projects the unacceptable desires and features coming from the Shadow and Instinct Ego onto others (e. g. I am not aggressive, you are aggressive). These subconscious, protective and anguish eliminating projections are the foundations of several of the mind games to be discussed later.

Beyond the Ego

The Ego is not bad, it is simply unconscious. Ego is the deepest dream of the Consciousness. If an individual is able to notice and observe the functions of the Ego, he or she will be able to transcend it. In that case, the individual who has been looking for a more complete perception of the self will recognize that it has always been there, but the functions of the Ego—identification with objects and thoughts—has pushed it into the background. One of the ways of transcending the Ego is not reacting wholeheartedly to the ever-changing caleidoscope of thoughts and emotions, but concentrating on the alert consciousness in the background instead.

In most people, the term “consciousness” identifies with that socially conditioned Ego. At a number of people this identification is so powerful that they are unaware that their life is governed by a socially conditioned mind.

Those who are able to go beyond that identification with the mind recognize this state of being socially conditioned, and are also able to leave the social conditioning behind. Such a person will not identify with the mind but, increasingly, with the Consciousness (the Witnessing Presence). The Presence shall, therefore, control the mind to an increasing extent and will be manifested through the tranquilized mind.

~From the book: Frank M. Wanderer: The Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment: How to Escape from the Prison of Mind Games?

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Rhiame @ In5D.com – How Do I Know If It’s My Soul or My Ego Talking? – 8-11-15

Ego Soul

In the personocratic consciousness, we talk about making the transfer of power from ego to soul in order to create the shift of consciousness that we hope for. But how do I know if it is my soul or my ego talking? Since it is a recurrent question, I thought it was time to write about it, and share with you some simple tools to help develop your discernment.

Differentiating ego from soul is often tricky. First, because very few people had direct contact with their soul, therefore we don’t know much about how it feels. Secondly, a great deal of confusion is intentionally perpetuated by religion, spirituality and science to make sure people do not connect with their soul. Indeed, if they do, they would free themselves from domination, and that would mark the end of the world of illusion in which we presently live.

On the other hand, there is one character that we know intimately – he is the one who has been leading our lives for millennia. I call him Mr. Ego. He* is the one who would be much easier to identify. When we know it is ego talking then, by deduction, we know this is not our soul.

Presently, our mental, vital and physical bodies are under the governance of our ego 99.99% of the time. So, let’s get to know him. Personocratia came up with simple recipes to help us sharpen our discernment, a necessary skill until we can establish a direct connection with our soul. Here are the three main characteristics that undoubtedly define ego.

Ego Speaks

EGO SPEAKS

The expression “listen to your soul” is often misleading. Indeed, the soul does not speak; it’s ego that speaks, and as a matter of fact, very loudly. In my search to follow my soul’s will, I often call on her for guidance, and usually, obviously, I expect an answer from her*.

Unfortunately, most of the time – if not all the time – the first answer that comes is not from my soul, but from my ego. I’ll use a little story to illustrate what happens in the background of our consciousness.

Let’s imagine that Mr. Ego and Ms. Soul live under the same roof (body), and there’s only one phone line in the house to contact either of the two. So, every time I call to reach Ms. Soul, it’s Mr. Ego who picks up the phone. He’s a control freak, a self-absorbed, noisy character that wants to be in charge of everything. He makes sure that Ms. Soul never answers the phone, and plays tricks so I won’t recognize him. He even changes his voice and his attitude to make me believe it is my soul talking. But when I learn the right tools to recognize him, I get taken in by his tricks less and less.

The Soul does not speak: she is a voiceless character that imposes her will smoothly by setting up life situations. She is more of a doer than a talker. When she manifests her will, she usually makes me do things that may not make any sense at first glance – from an egotistic standpoint. Often it sounds illogical and scary, but it is so strong that I feel compelled to do it. An inner state of ‘knowing’ or ‘feeling right’ is created. I’d like to quote Mother who said, “If you ask yourself whether it’s the soul talking, then you know it’s not.” This may clarify, if in doubt!

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EGO WANTS

Ego always wants something or doesn’t want something. He is the one who makes me say: “I want more money”, “I don’t want to be sick”, “I don’t want to live alone, I want to find a companion”, “I need to be recognized”, and on and on.  By wanting or needing things, the ego is always attached to a RESULT that is tangible.

On the other hand, the soul does not want anything; she has no expectations and she is not attached to any outcome. The soul is only interested in the experience, the process. All she is interested in is the emancipation of my being, and in the evolution of my consciousness towards who I really am. Any life situation I may encounter is regarded as beneficial for that purpose; indeed, for the soul, there are no positive or negative life experiences – there are all working for the idessic/supramental realization.

AND FAST…

Ego wants  FAST. So each time I feel rushed to do something or to make a decision, I know it’s my ego’s impulse. Indeed, ego lives in a mortal reality where he believes that his time is limited. He is the one who wants me to do as many things as possible in a short period of time. He is the one who is afraid of missing an opportunity, and who does not want to waste time in things that do not fulfill his immediate needs and whims.

Whereas the soul lives in the infinite present moment and is immortal. So each time I feel rushed to do or decide something, I must stop right away and give myself time to think it over. Concretely, I must shut down my ego’s big mouth which obstructs my clarity and prevents me from perceiving my soul’s inclination.  Only when my ego is silenced and put on the back seat of the car can my soul take the wheel, in other words, take the governance of my life, and lead me in the direction that will further her fusion with my body.

Not giving way to the ego and surrendering to the soul is essential for the realization of the idessic/supramental being. Here is a quote from Mother who explains the process:

Those who wish to help the Light of Truth to prevail over the forces of darkness and falsehood, can do so by carefully observing the initiating impulses of their movements and actions, and discerning between those that come from the Truth and those that come from the falsehood, in order to obey the first and to refuse or reject the others.

This power of discernment is one of the first effects of the Advent of the Truth’s Light in the earth’s atmosphere…
(Mother’s Agenda, 1965)

Now that you have a simple tool, you can start practicing your discernment in order to transfer the power of governance from ego (falsehood) to soul (truth-reality). The less I let my ego lead my life, the more my soul takes over. And the more we practice, the faster we’ll get out of this appalling fear-based animal humanity that creates hell on earth!

*For the sake of the story, I purposefully represented Ego as the masculine principle and the Soul as the feminine principle.

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About the author: Rhiame has been a full time practitioner and teacher in groundbreaking alternative medicines and consciousness for the past 18 years in Europe and North America. Her thirst to stop fearing disease and her body, and to become totally independent regarding her health, led her to the Personocratic Consciousness. This path made her discover the world of lies humanity is currently living in and how to jump-out-to-the-fishbowl-of-illusion in order to become who we really are as human beings.  She offers private consulting and workshops to help people who want to heal themselves and evolve with a different consciousness.  You can follow her on her blog http://www.personocracy.wordpress.com

Dr. Joshua David Stone – Negative Ego Traps and Snares on the Path of Ascension – 7-31-15

Negative Ego Traps and Snares on the Path of Ascension

by Dr. Joshua David Stone

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Glamour is not dispelled by paying close attention to it. It disappears by the power of clear and steadfast meditation, and the freeing of one’s self from self attention. – Djwhal Khul

In my travels through life as a spiritual teacher, spiritual psychologist, and disciple on the path, I have become aware of many of the pitfalls and traps of the spiritual path. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this subject for I have fallen into most of them.

I highly recommend you meditate and concentrate very deeply on the following list. Although very short on words, they are profound in insight. My purpose in sharing these with you is to save you suffering, karma, and delay in your path of ascension that comes from not learning these lessons. The spiritual path is very easy on one level, and incredibly complicated on another.

There are glamours, snares, and traps that the negative ego and dark forces provide every step of the way. Making mistakes and falling into these is okay. My concern is helping you to not stay stuck in them for extensive periods of time and in some cases for many lifetimes. With this brief introduction I will begin.

Traps, Snares, and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path

1. Giving your personal power away. (This applies to giving it to other people, your subconscious mind, to your negative ego, five senses, physical body, emotional body, mental body, inner child, to a guru, to the Ascended Masters, to God.) Ponder on this for there is much wisdom in this short little sentence.

2. Trap number two, loving others, but not loving yourself.

3. Trap three is not recognizing your “negative ego” as the source of all your problems.

4. Trap four. Focusing on God, but not properly integrating and parenting your inner child.

5. Trap five. Not eating right and getting enough physical exercise which results in physical illness, which then limits all other levels.

6. Trap six is people who are deeply into the spiritual life, but don’t recognize the psychological level that needs to be understood and mastered also.

7. Trap seven, “Material desire”.

8. The trap and glamour of power. This glamour is a trap of power that is held over others once one becomes successful.

9. Trap nine is becoming too ungrounded which then has a deleterious affect on one’s physical body.

10. Trying to escape earth, instead of creating heaven on earth.

11. Seeing appearances instead of seeing the true reality behind all appearance.

12. Trying to become God, instead of realizing you already are the Eternal Self, as is everyone else.

13. Not realizing that you cause everything.

14. Serving others in total before you have become self actualized within yourself.

15. Thinking that there is such a thing as “righteous anger”. Anger is a big trap for people.

16. Becoming an extremist, and not being moderate in all things.

17. Thinking you have to be ascetic to be spiritual.

18. Becoming too serious and not having enough joy, happiness and fun in your life.

19. Not being disciplined and unceasingly continuing your spiritual practices.

20. Stopping your spiritual practices and studies when you get involved in a relationship.

21. Putting a relationship before self and God – a major trap.

22. Letting your inner child run your life.

23. Being too critical and hard on yourself.

24. Getting caught up in the glamour and illusion of the psychic powers.

25. The trap of owning your power but not learning to surrender to God simultaneously; or surrendering to God, but not learning to own your power simultaneously.

26. The trap of losing your personal power when you get physically tired and exhausted.

27. The trap of expecting God and the Ascended Masters to solve all your problems.

28. The trap of allowing yourself to go into “automatic pilot” and losing your vigilance.

29. The trap of giving your power to channeled entities.

30. The trap of reading too much and not meditating enough.

31. The trap of letting your sexuality run you instead of mastering it.

32. The trap of over identifying with your mental or emotional body, and not achieving balance.

33. The trap of thinking you need to be a voice channel or see or experience all kinds of psychic phenomena to be spiritual or to ascend.

34. The trap of forcing the raising of the kundalini.

35. The trap of forcing the opening of the chakras.

36. The great trap of thinking the spiritual path which you have found is the “best”.

37. The trap of judging people because of what initiation level they may be at.

38. The trap of sharing your “advanced” initiation level with other people.

39. The trap of telling people about the “good spiritual work you are doing”, instead of just having humility.

40. The trap and illusion of thinking that negative emotions are something you have to have.

41. The trap of isolating yourself from people and thinking that this is spiritual.

42. The trap of thinking the earth is a terrible place.

43. Giving your power to astrology and the influence of the stars.

44. Being too attached to things.

45. Being too non-attached to life. Not striving for involved detachment.

46. Being too preoccupied with self and not being concerned enough about being of service to others.

47. Getting stuck in the numerous faulty theories of traditional psychology, which is only a sliver of the whole puzzle.

48. Being too much the mystic or too much the occultist and not striving to integrate the two sides.

49. Giving up amidst great adversity is one of the biggest traps of all. Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

50. Believing that the suffering you are going through on whatever level will not pass.

51. Focusing too much on what initiation level you are at or when you are going to ascend instead of focusing more on the work that needs to be done.

52. Getting caught up in spiritual powers and the achievement of siddhas, instead of recognizing that love is the most important spiritual power of all.

53. Bad mouthing other spiritual or metaphysical groups, and not unifying and networking with other groups even though they may be not in total alignment with all of your beliefs.

54. Getting caught up in the dogma of traditional religion.

55. Thinking you need a priest to be an intermediary between you and God.

56. Using your spiritual beliefs to create separatism or elitism or undo specialness.

57. Becoming too fanatical in your beliefs.

58. Believing you can achieve enlightenment through drugs, or some kind of pill is the highest sense of illusion.

59. Believing that other people don’t have to work at their spiritual path as you do.

60. Putting your relationship to your kids before your self and God.

61. Getting caught up in all the attractions of this most fascinating material world in which we live.

62. Becoming too caught up in loving one person, instead of spreading your love out to encompass many people, and all people in an unconditional sense.

63. A major trap is getting caught up in duality, instead of achieving evenmindedness, inner peace, and equanimity at all times. When you haven’t transcended duality you are like an emotional roller coaster flipping back and forth between the ups and downs of life. The soul and spirit think with a transcendent consciousness that is detached from the merry-go-round.

64. The trap of being a father or a son, or a mother or daughter in your relationships instead of being an adult.

65. The trap of thinking you need to suffer in life.

66. The trap of being a martyr on your spiritual path.

67. The trap of needing to control others.

68. The trap of spiritual ambition.

69. The trap of needing to be liked, loved or approved of.

70. The trap of needing to be the teacher.

71. The trap of hypersensitivity or, on the other side of the coin, being too shielded.

72. The Trap of taking responsibility for other people.

73. The trap of being the savior.

74. The trap of serving for selfish reasons, and thinking you are being spiritual.

75. The trap of thinking you are more advanced spiritually than you really are, and on the other side of the coin, thinking you are less advanced than you really are.

76. The trap of fame.

77. The trap of putting undo importance on finding your twin flame and soul mate and not realizing your soul and Monad are, in truth, who you are really looking for most of all.

78. The trap of thinking you need a romantic relationship to be happy.

79. The trap of needing to be center stage or on the other side of the coin, always choosing to be a wall flower.

80. The trap of working too hard and becoming driven and running yourself down physically. The other side of the coin is to play too much and not get your work done and be about the Father’s business.

81. The trap of going to psychics and channels for guidance and not trusting one’s own intuition.

82. The trap of working with teachers on this plane or on the inner plane who are not Ascended Masters, and are limited in the understanding and conception of reality.

83. The trap of making the spiritual path an interest rather than an “all consuming fire”.

84. Wasting too much time watching TV, reading trashy novels, seeing violent movies.

85. Wasting enormous amounts of time and energy because of lack of organization and proper time management.

86. The trap of thinking that arguing with others is serving you or that person.

87. The trap of trying to win or being “right” instead of striving for love.

88. The trap of putting too much emphasis on intuition, intellect, feeling, and instinct, instead of realizing that they all need to be balanced and integrated in their proper proportion. The trap here is getting overly identified with one of them.

89. The trap of devotion to a guru, that makes you smaller instead of to the Eternal Self which you are.

90. The trap of trying to be open all the time, instead of knowing how to open and close your field as the need arises.

91. The trap of not knowing how to say “no” to other people, your inner child, or the negative ego when the need arises.

92. The trap of thinking violence or attacking others in any form will get you what you want or is serving God in any capacity.

93. The trap of blaming God, or being angry at God, or the Ascended Masters for your problems.

94. The trap of thinking that if your prayers aren’t answered that God and the Ascended Masters aren’t answering your prayers.

95. The trap of comparing yourself with other people instead of comparing yourself with yourself.

96. The trap of thinking that being poor is being spiritual.

97. The trap of comparing and competing with others over one’s initiation level and ascension.

98. One of the biggest traps of all is allowing yourself to be a victim of other people and of your own physical body, emotional body, mental body, desires, five senses, negative ego or lower self.

99. The trap of studying too much and not demonstrating in the real world enough.

100. Thinking your moodiness is a true reality of God.

101. The trap of thinking your worth comes from doing and achieving things.

102. Thinking you don’t need to protect yourself spiritually, psychologically, and physically.

103. The trap of thinking that glamour, maya, illusion, negative ego, fear, and separation is real.

104. The trap of sugar, artificial stimulants, coffee and soft drinks for physical energy.

105. The trap of trying to do everything yourself and not calling on God for help. The other side of the coin is calling on God for help and not helping yourself.

I think this is a pretty complete list that should give a lot of food for thought. The lower self, the powers of glamour, maya, and illusion, and the negative ego are incredibly tricky and elusive in nature.

As Master Yoda said, in the Star Wars movies, “Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side of the force.” Once you get caught up in it, it is often very difficult to see your way out of it. The common expression of how you can’t see the forest for the trees applies here. It is easier to see other people’s “stuff” than your own.

Staying clear takes enormous vigilance, self discipline, commitment, self-introspection, and devastating honesty. If the ego can’t make you feel like an underdog it will make you feel like a top dog which is even more seductive. The Bible says, “after pride cometh the fall.” Let this be a warning to us all.

My sincere hope is that by studying and meditating upon these insights, and instructions, that you may avoid some of the suffering and karma I have had to go through, and that I have seen many of my clients, students, and friends go through.

Everything in God’s universe is governed by laws. There are physical laws, emotional laws, mental laws, and spiritual laws. By learning to understand these laws and become obedient to them we fulfill the law, which is the path of Ascension. This chapter has been an attempt to elucidate some of these universal laws, so you, my friends, may learn by “grace” instead of by “karma” (suffering)!

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Wes Annac – Transcending the Ego, Finding the God-Self – 12-14-14

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Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

The ego’s an innate aspect of our consciousness that can be used for benevolence or malevolence. Most people who hear the word ‘ego’ associate it with someone who’s full of themselves; who brags about their accomplishments or acts like they’re better than the people around them.

The ego’s usually associated with people who are so confident in themselves that they tend to be overbearing, but there’s much more to it and its mechanisms than simple self-centeredness. As strange as it might sound, the ego’s actually necessary for us to survive and function in the lower realms, and it can only fill us with selfishness if we let it.

I think the mind can be used for good when the ego’s overbearing influence is transcended, and here, I’d like to examine what some of our spiritual teachers have said about it.

I’ve probably done a report on the ego before, but I wanted to talk about it again because I’m fascinated with the idea of transcending it and using the mind for positive purposes.

As you can probably imagine, our teachers encourage us to transcend the ego and its constant wants and desires, and I agree that we’ll have to transcend it if we want to feel, anchor or express spirit with any degree of purity.

One we transcend its influence, we can work with it to produce helpful works that benefit others. We can express unhindered spirituality from right here on earth (as opposed to striving to evolve into a higher realm to feel it), but only when the ego’s transcended will we express it properly.

Sadhu Arunachala describes his experience of ego death, which came in the form of an intense fear he started to feel after meditating for months.

“After I had been meditating in the presence of Bhagavan [Sri Ramana Maharshi] for some months, I reached a certain stage when I would be overcome by fear. … [Bhagavan] explained that it was the ego that experienced the fear as it felt that it was gradually losing its grip.

“It was, in fact, dying, and naturally resented it. He asked me, ‘To whom is the fear? It is all due to the habit of identifying the body with the Self. Repeated experience of separation from this idea will make one familiar with this state and fear will then automatically cease.’” (1)

Paul Ferrini tells us that the ego puts all of its effort into sustaining what’s already known.

“Your ego is terrified of the unknown. No matter how terrible the known past is, the ego prefers it to the unknown present.

“All of its energy goes into trying to make the present into the past. It thinks that this creates safety, but in truth it creates continued terror, a constant aggravation of the wound until the pain is so intense that it must be dealt with. You see, everything, even your ego, conspires toward your awakening!

“So living the past over and over again creates the ultimate terror. Outwardly, life seems safe and predictable. Inwardly, the dynamite has been lit.” (2)

The more we ty to live in the past by sustaining an experience we remember or understand, the more we trap ourselves in the ego’s confines.

Some of you who are on the path of spiritual evolution might notice that you’re sometimes tempted by the desire to fall back into old habitual patterns and ways of living/being that no longer serve you, and this could very well be because the ego’s striving to maintain its grip.

The ego will start to feel like its dying as we continuously fade into our sacred center. It’ll fight, fight and fight some more to postpone its inevitable transcendence, and it’s our duty to stay as centered and materialistically unfocused as we can in an effort to constantly embrace spirit.

If we can embrace spirit, the ego will have less and less control over our ability to think and discern. Let’s feed spirit as much as we can and go out of our way to deny the wants and demands of the ego, which fights to save its own life and influence over our consciousness and the decisions we make.

Adyashanti affirms what Paul told us about the ego’s need to sustain itself.

“The psychological self seeks to continue, to survive. Simultaneously there is a compelling, driving urge to break free of this self.

“However, to break free brings the end of time. When it happens, past and future will be over for you. Questions and answers will cease, and there will be nothing. Out of that nothing, something fresh will flower. You will have to become that flower.” (3)

Paramahansa Ramakrishna advises that to see ourselves as finite humans, and not as Source, is to limit ourselves and feed spiritual ignorance.

“‘I’ and ‘mine’ — these constitute ignorance. ‘My house,’ ‘my wealth’, ‘my learning’, ‘my possessions’ — the attitude which prompts one to say such things comes of ignorance. (4)

We’re much more than the meat suits we embody here on earth, and we can’t take our material possession with us into the higher realms. We can’t even take our physical bodies with us on our journey back to Source.

All we can take with us is our consciousness as it’ll exist when we’re ready to leave this sphere, so we’ll want to make sure we cultivate a wholesome life for ourselves in the realms beyond by living as much in love and centeredness as we can on earth.

It’s easy to fill our heads and hearts with material possessions and concerns, but we’ll make life much harder for ourselves when we’re back in the higher (or lower) realms if we do.

Where we go when the physical body perishes depends entirely on the choices we make in life, and if we make choices that are in alignment with our spiritual paths, I’m sure we’ll experience pure bliss when we’re back in the higher realms.

We’ll experience exactly what we create for ourselves, and if we create love and joy here on earth, that’s exactly what we’ll experience.

As Ramakrishna also tells us, the ‘I’ we’re familiar with isn’t intended to be our physical selves, but Source him/herself.

“By discriminating you will realize that what you call ‘I’ is really nothing but Atman. Reason it out. Are you the body or the flesh or something else?

“At the end you will know that you are none of these. You are free from attributes. Then you will realize that you have never been the doer of any action, that you have been free from virtue and faults alike, that you are beyond righteousness and unrighteousness.” (5)

As long as we empower the ego, he tells us, we’ll continue to live in the illusion of polarity.

“[Virtue and vice] both exist and do not exist.

“If God keeps the ego in a man, then He keeps in him the sense of differentiation and also the sense of virtue and sin. But in a rare few He completely effaces the ego, and these go beyond virtue and sin, good and bad. As long as a man has not realized God, he retains the sense of differentiation and the knowledge of good and bad.” (6)

The idea that only a select few people can find enlightenment seems a bit outdated, and I can only say this because of the opinions of the readers who commented on one of my recent articles about the concept of enlightenment only being attainable to the few seekers who are diligent enough to completely transcend the ego.

Even though inner work is still an absolute requirement, I think the portal has widened since Ramakrishna’s days and more seekers can now find enlightenment.

I suppose this perspective is partially influenced by modern day ascension beliefs; by the idea that all of humanity’s experiencing a gradual yet direct physical/spiritual evolution. The feeling I (and plenty of others) get is that enlightenment’s now widely available as long as we can do the inner work that’s always been (and always will be) necessary.

The ego, Ramakrishna tells us, “is like a stick that seems to divide the water in two. It makes you feel that you are one and I am another.” (7)

Spiritual ignorance, he advises, “lasts as long as one has ego. There can be no liberation as long as the ego remains. ‘O God, Thou art the Doer and not I’ — that is knowledge.” (8)

He expands on one of his quotes above.

“’My house,’ ‘my wealth’, ‘my learning’, ‘my possessions’ — the attitude which prompts one to say such things comes of ignorance. On the contrary, the attitude born of Knowledge is: ‘O God, Thou art the Master, and all these things belong to Thee. House, family, children, attendants, friends are Thine.” (9)

Becoming a conduit for Source’s energy and inspiration is worth our time and effort. When we can recognize that our finite physical selves are only capable of achieving things that resonate with our surface perception, we can open up, break the barrier and do things we never expected to do.

Source works through us to the extent that we’re willing and able to open up, and our creativity will flow (along with our general spirituality) when we allow Source to express his/her omnipotent love and intelligence through us. We’ll no longer stress or worry about how other seekers see our work, because we’ll know we didn’t create it by ourselves – we received divine assistance.

According to Krishnamurti, “It is the mind with its demands and fears, its attachments and denials, its determinations and urges, that destroys love.” (10)

He tells us how religious and political ‘propaganda’ have shaped the way we think.

“The experience of pleasure and pain is direct, individual; but the understanding of the experience is after the pattern of others, of the religious and social authorities. We are the result of the thoughts and influences of others; we are conditioned by religious as well as political propaganda.” (11)

Hazrat Inayat Khan affirms that seeing ourselves through an ego-driven lens causes a lot of unnecessary misery.

“A person who likes to say twenty times in the day, ‘I’, does not like to say, ‘I am not, Thou art’. But he does not know that this claim of ‘I’ is the root of all his trouble. It is this claim that makes him feel hurt by every little insult, by every little disturbance.

“The amount of pain that this illusion gives him is so great that it is just as well he got rid of it. But that is the last thing he would do. He would give up his last penny, but not the thought of ‘I’. … That is the whole difficulty and the only hindrance on the spiritual path.” (12)

According to Sri Krishna, ‘cutting free from desire’ will liberate us and show us the way to the heart.

“Self-controlled, Cut free from desire, Curbing the heart And knowing the Atman, Man finds Nirvana That is in Brahman, Here and hereafter.” (13)

The Buddha tells us that “The world does not know that we must all come to an end here; but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.” (14)

Everything in existence has a purpose, the Buddha shares, and living in love is the best thing we can do with this existence.

“All things that exist are not without cause. However, neither Ishvara, nor the absolute, nor the self, nor causeless chance, is the maker, but our deeds produce results both good and evil.

“The whole world is under the law of causation, and the causes that act are not un-mental, for the gold of which the cup is made is gold throughout. … Let us surrender self and all selfishness, and as all things are fixed by causation, let us practise good so that good may result from our actions.” (15)

When we can live purely and unflinchingly in the heart, the karma we manifest will uplift us and those around us who’d benefit from our love and positivity. The afterlife we create for ourselves will be much more blissful, because we’ll have made a real and solid effort to make it pleasant for ourselves with our continuously loving actions on earth.

Sometimes, I want to shout from a mountaintop that love is the most important and powerful force in existence, second only to Source him/herself.

Love will help us see our way through the confusing earthly maze we have to try our best to navigate, and with love in our hearts and the willingness in our minds to consistently transcend the ego, we’ll align our thoughts, feelings and actions with a higher power.

Abba Alonious tells us that the destruction of his ego was necessary so he could rebuild himself from the ground up.

“If I had not destroyed myself completely, I should not have been able to rebuild and shape myself again.” (16)

The ‘water of God’s grace’, Paramahansa Ramakrishna tells us, “cannot collect on the high mound of egotism. It runs down.” (17)

He also tells us that we won’t truly connect with Source until we renounce the self-serving ways of the ego.

“Unless one renounces the ego, one does not receive the grace of God.” (18)

‘Narendra’, who later became Swami Vivekananda, rejoiced at the transcendence of his ego and his experience of heaven on earth.

“Thou One without a Second, all Peace, the King of Kings! At Thy beloved feet I shall renounce my life And so at last shall gain life’s goal; I shall enjoy the bliss of heaven while yet on earth!” (19)

Sri Aurobindo encourages us to drive the ego out of all of its clever disguises and hiding places so we can finally and justly transcend it.

“The centre of all resistance is egoism and this we must pursue into every covert and disguise and drag it out and slay it; for its disguises are endless and it will cling to every shred of possible self-concealment. … There is no I nor thou, but only one divine Self equal in all embodiments, equal in the individual and the group, and to realize that, to express that, to serve that, to fulfill that is all that matters.” (20)

In a Q&A, Ramana Maharishi tells us that renunciation doesn’t just entail giving up the ego – it entails giving up the false self who’s influenced by it.

“Q: What is renunciation?

“M: Giving up the ego.

“Q: Is it not giving up possessions?

“M: The possessor too.” (21)

In order to ‘give up everything’ materialistic, he advises, we’ll have to understand that the ego feeds all of it.

“If the ego is, everything else also is. If the ego is not, nothing else is. Indeed, the ego is all. Therefore the enquiry as to what this ego is is the only way of giving up everything.” (22)

Krishnamurti tells us that we’ll eventually care so much about others that we’ll have little desire to stimulate the ego.

“You must distinguish between the selfish and the unselfish. For selfishness has many forms, and when you think you have finally killed it in one of them, it arises in another as strongly as ever. But by degrees you will become so full of thought for the helping of others that there will be no room, no time, for any thought about yourself.” (23)

After so much diligent work, we’ll care less about our wants and desires and more about helping others find what they need to physically and spiritually thrive. We’ll stop wanting to stimulate the ego as we steadily learn to care more for the plight of others, and our selflessness will affect everyone who’s been lost in the confines of the ego.

We’ll serve others with and open and loving heart, and they could in turn awaken to their potential and start helping others find a spiritual perception or simply get a leg up in this difficult world.

The people out there who are feeding the hungry, giving drinks to the thirsty and giving clothes and shelter to the homeless probably don’t think much about themselves. Even though enlightenment isn’t their goal, they’re still doing selfless things that spirit will most likely reward them for when they’re back in the higher realms.

A lot of them probably don’t think about spirituality or the possibility of an afterlife – they simply see atrocities that need mended and seek to mend them. This is true selflessness, and in time, everyone will grasp it and finally start helping others.

In our final quote, Adyashanti encourages us to transcend our fixation on failure and success. Only when we cease to care about ‘our story’, which is meant to be blank so we can perceive Source with a greater degree of purity and clarity, can we embrace love.

“The biggest challenge for most spiritual seekers is to surrender their self importance, and see the emptiness of their own personal story.

“It is your personal story that you need to awaken from in order to be free. To give up being either ignorant or enlightened is the mark of liberation and allows you to treat others as your Self. What I am describing is the birth of true Love.” (24)

It’s easy to stay fixed on our accomplishments and our failures, but as we’ve heard endlessly, only when we can empty ourselves of any thoughts that aren’t aimed at Source or service (I.e., when we can transcend egotistical thoughts) can we do anything pure or significant with our time on earth.

Once our sense of self is transcended, we’re basically infinite. We can explore our Christ consciousness with meditation, creativity and various other spiritual tools, and along the way, we can openly and lovingly serve others with the understanding that our service makes not only their lives, but ours more enjoyable

We obviously won’t serve others for the karmic rewards that are involved.

We’ll do it because we’ll have moved past our desire to help ourselves, which we’ll have replaced with the desire to help others. The whole world would benefit if even two seekers could transcend their sense of self and start serving this planet, and we definitely need more humanitarians and spiritual teachers.

We only need more spiritual teachers in the sense that we need more people who are willing to selflessly help show the way back into the higher realms, and it goes without saying by now that we’re our best spiritual teachers and inspiration or clarity can only come from within.

In the face of the ego’s constant schemes, I think the best thing we can do is live humble lives and serve others with an open heart, free of any ego-driven concerns about how the world sees us. We aren’t here to please the egos of others – we’re here to help the world find a higher state of consciousness that’ll liberate us all the stress and drama we’ve come to see as ‘normal’.

When we can do our work with no mental concerns or attachments, we’ll unlock our true potential; the true secret of life. This planet would change in an instant if everyone opened up to this, and the world will eventually awaken as long as we can continue to live in love and set an example.

http://cultureofawareness.com/ascension/transcending-the-ego-and-finding-the-god-self/

Oversoul Teachings via Wes Annac – It’s Time to Cease Feeding the Ego – 10-13-14

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Channeled through Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness, Oversoul Teachings

However often we’ve said this in the past, we’ll reiterate that love truly is the way out of the lower vibrations.

When you’re stuck in lower, rigid patterns of thought and behavior, call on the love of your sacred self, who exists beyond any discernable dimension or plane of consciousness, and allow the omnipotence and infinity to naturally flow forth from within the deepest, most intimate depths of your being.

All of the hatred, lack and suffering experienced on a daily basis and on a massive scale can be eradicated with a simple, collective decision to root yourselves unflinchingly in your opening and expanding hearts.

All of the drama, strife, turmoil and conflict experienced throughout your planet could be eradicated and healed if every citizen of earth made a simple yet potent decision to shift into the heart space, and we note that those of you who’ve started to make this shift are noticing the incredible effects that result.

You’re finding and anchoring a greater sense of love and self-worth than many of you thought you’d be able to, and this is happening as you make the conscious decision live in love as much and as often as possible.

You’re Raising the Collective Vibration

When you do this, the good vibration you emit radiates out to the rest of humanity and vastly affects the minds and hearts of souls who might’ve had trouble opening up to spirit and enjoying the perceptual flow that results without your assistance.

If it weren’t for the potent awakenings taking place all across your little planet, your mainstream society wouldn’t be able to open up to spirit with the level of enthusiasm they will in due time.

You’re raising the collective vibration with every attempt you make to live not for the ego, but for Source and the higher facets of yourselves descending onto your minds and hearts, so we recommend with love and appreciation for everything you’ve done so far that you ‘step up your game’ so to speak and make it a point to anchor far more love and divinity than you’ve been able to so far.

We want to say what we’re about to say with as much compassion and understanding for the difficulty of the earthly experience as we can: It’s time to cease feeding the ego or living for the finite self.

It’s time to turn away from everything that feeds the lower aspects of your consciousness that clamor for your attention, and it’s time instead to turn toward the light and everything it offers.

We obviously don’t recommend you turn away from your perception of your ego, for to do so would be to deny it and if you’ve learned anything so far, it’s that denying or ignoring the ego doesn’t do you any good.

One of your famous spiritual teachers has told you that ‘what you resist ultimately conquers you’, and realizing this is essential to fostering a proper relationship with the ego – a relationship that doesn’t see you constantly feed its wants and demands, but use it the way it’s intended to be used.

From our perspective, the ego’s intended to be used as a conduit for the brimming and flowing expressions of the open and expanded heart, and the sooner you realize this, the sooner you can start using your egos in a way that allows for your nourishment and growth as a soul.

We want to make a call for the conscious public to cease feeding the ego and its clever disguises, because we note that you manifest a lot of misery and unhappiness when you feed it.

Instead of worrying about how you can be satisfied throughout your day; how you can find a sense of joy or happiness, turn to what you can do to help others navigate the difficult lower vibrations you’re all enmeshed in.

Even those who aren’t ‘spiritually aware’ as the conscious community defines it still swim in the same dense and difficult vibrations as you, and they deserve the love and compassion of souls who fully understand the difficulty of their existence – not souls who seek to satisfy their own egos for ultimately irrelevant or unnecessary reasons.

You’re intended to be conduits of love (and especially compassion) for those around you who are clearly having difficulty navigating your earthly experience, and however easy it could be to turn your back on them or think only of yourselves, this isn’t your purpose for being on the earth at this time.

Your purpose, as many of you are discovering, is simply to embody love.

Yes, many of you have taken on complex work-related roles that revolve around working as hard as you can to produce potent spiritually inspired material that’s intended to raise the collective vibration, but your works mean little if you can’t display the things you speak of throughout your daily existence.

Walking Your Talk

If you write or channel about love and light but quarrel with those around you or, again, seek to live only for the ego, the purity of the things you offer will be distorted and you’ll find it much more difficult to reach the spiritually inspired, heart-centered place so many of you enjoy reaching.

We’ll go as far as to say that living in love and expressing selflessness throughout your lives is far more important than producing spiritually inspired work.

You can channel communications from the Company of Heaven all day long, but if you’re unwilling to take our advice once the channeling session’s over, the purity of our otherwise genuine communications will be distorted and nobody will benefit.

If you can communicate with us or produce similar spiritually inspired work and then live the example you intend to display for the rest of the conscious community, the collective vibration will be massively uplifted and you’ll find it much easier to reach the pure and potent inner space that helps each of you thrive.

The love you now have the potential to feel can only be as strong as you allow it to be, and if you continue to feed the ego or live below your potential in regards to helping others, you’ll continue to manifest exactly what you’ve created for yourselves and ultimately, you’ll be unhappy.

With the extent to which love and awareness are growing in the minds and hearts of all of humanity, however, we’re confident that each of you will see the importance of walking your talk and truly becoming conduits for the divine instead of simply offering yourselves as conduits on a shallow level.

All of humanity will soon recognize the importance of aligning with the divine and ceasing to feed the destructive qualities that have kept you in states of unconsciousness and unawareness for millennia, and we’ll make our final expressions for this communication with gratitude for the difficult roles you each took on in order to experience the earth and help its people evolve.

We’re ready for the conscious community to turn it up a notch in regards to the amount of love and selflessness you’re able to express, but we still recognize the enormous difficulty of the mission you’re on and we seek to do everything we can to alleviate the pain you could easily feel every day.

We’re here to help you through the seemingly endless trials you willingly embraced before you made your way to the earth, because however confident you were of yourselves and your ability to anchor the light from an extremely dark place, we note that the challenges can sometimes overtake you and we feel nothing but compassion and understanding for your plight.

Keep in mind that everything you’re doing is for a greater purpose, and keep yourselves as busy as you can – whether you’re busy producing potent spiritual work or expressing the love and divinity you’re meant to express to those around you who’ll benefit from it more than you realize.

All of humanity’s awakening thanks to the diligent actions of the conscious community and various other souls who don’t consider themselves a direct part of your community, so keep going – no matter how difficult or stressful your existence seems to get.

You’re on the earth for a much greater purpose than you can consciously see, so keep this in mind when the difficulty seems to pile up and you don’t feel like you can find any sort of real or pure higher vibration. You certainly can, and it all comes down to how willing you are to live for love and cease feeding the fading ego.

Thank you to my higher self and spiritual guides.

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While you’re surfing various spiritual websites, you can also check out Oversoul Teachings, which is a blog I created for the messages I channel from my higher self/spiritual guides.

http://wesannac.com/2014/10/04/oversoul-teachings-its-time-to-cease-feeding-the-ego/

Sabrina Reber – Do We Need Our Egos – Do They Protect Us – 9-9-14

 

By Sabrina Reber

Our beliefs, feelings, emotions and thoughts create our current and future realities so if you believe you need the ego to remain within your being to protect you, then that is a very valid belief that will continue to serve your soul’s learning process. However, just because we believe something to be true for us does not mean it is the highest truth for our evolution. At this time on the Earth we are in a very intense period of transformation where we are releasing old distorted beliefs and energies that once served our highest good and we are replacing them with new more evolved beliefs that will help us expand our consciousness so we can move forward into our soul’s ascension. Ascension is a free will choice, but it is not a free ride. ALL souls are chosen to ascend, but not all souls will choose to ascend, which is the process of integrating more spiritual light from their higher self/higher soul into their being. Ascension is the process of spiritualizing our ego’s so we can merge into oneness with our true selves, which reside in higher vibrating dimensions within our energy fields. In order to access this part of ourselves we will need to surrender ego will to divine will so we can raise the vibrational frequencies of our physical, emotional and mental bodies up to the very high vibrational frequencies of our spiritual bodies – and we can not do this if we remain attached to the lower vibrational energies of our egoic consciousness.

If you feel you need your ego, you have the free will choice to keep it. However, the “Raise Your Vibration” teachings are motivated to help you acknowledge your egoic patterns, that keep you stuck in negative recreation over and over again, so you can raise the vibrational frequencies of your energy attracting the higher aspects of your self to be more involved in your life so they can work through you and guide you to create a more balanced, joy – filled, harmonious life for your self and all beings you come in contact with.

We have to decide which level of consciousness we want to expand within our beings – ego consciousness or soul consciousness. The choice is ours. For many lifetimes ego consciousness was a necessary learning tool as we chose to learn and evolve through the extremes of dualistic opposites. However, as the light from the galactic center and inner Earth continue to intensify on this planet those who choose to remain attached to their egoic/shadow consciousness will find it increasingly difficult to remain here on Earth. This is why there is so much chaos on Earth because many souls are resisting the integration of this light into their beings and this light is bringing up all their stored darkness and energies within their being they need to transcend. Aggressive behaviors, instability, control mechanisms and an epidemic of drug/alcohol addiction is reflective of humanity’s inner darkness rising forth very rapidly and people do not know how or they simply don’t want to transmute it into a higher vibration within themselves. Many are choosing to remain in their inhumanity (in human/ego consciousness) and this is why we are experiencing a lot of pain and suffering on the Earth. Eventually, the negative energy that is coming up to be released and transmuted into a higher vibration will either be the catalyst for their transformation or it will turn on them and they will self destruct as it is not divine plan for us to continue to live in our old ways. We are being called forth to CHANGE, to heal, to evolve and to remove the chains of our egoic illusions that bind us to the wheel of reincarnation and the duality of the 3rd dimension.

So, you need to ask yourself- Do you want to ascend or not? If you don’t want to ascend then your choice to remain attached to the ego is perfect for you. However, if you want to ascend then you will need to be diligent in removing the veils of amnesia the ego has placed over your mind that distorts the way you see everything, and this will require you to step into a new “ascension lifestyle” where you are proactive at releasing those energies within your being that no longer serve your highest good. Every single human on Earth has an ego that they will have to contend with. The ego is a fear-filled extension of the soul that has fragmented itself from the light of God consciousness that lives within our higher soul. The ego creates fear, and when there is fear there is defense, and because the ego is defensive it will react in very negative ways and then it will tell you that you need it to protect you from all the bad things “out there.”  In essence, the ego keeps you projecting all of your negativity onto others and it keeps you from going within yourself to heal the negative energies within that ATTRACT all negativity to yourself. The ego protects you from your higher self wisdom…..it protects you from having to deal with the very things within you that need to be raised into a higher vibrational frequency so you can return yourself to oneness with your higher soul. The ego builds up energetic blocks within your energy being that blocks you from receiving an unobstructed flow of higher self intuitive guidance. It blocks you from your own inner soul wisdom that attracts and creates all goodness into your life. That is what the ego protects you from…..it protects you from your true self.

We don’t need to demonize our egos, but we do need to be aware of them. Our ego’s are like negative, fear- filled children that that need to be loved and disciplined. We need to self correct our negative, immature, childish, fearful, reactive energies – and the only way we can do that is to first become aware of them working within us. When we step out of denial and allow ourselves to SEE where we have fallen out of alignment, we can then take dominion over our egos by integrating the light of our awareness into our fragments – bringing them all back into a state of oneness and unification.~Sabrina

If you would like to transcend your ego/shadow consciousness and you would like to ascend your soul – the “RAISE YOUR VIBRATION” book is a soul ascension manual that will help you understand exactly what the ego is and how it is working within you so you can SEE it – bringing the light of your higher consciousness into it so it can be fully integrated and spiritualized within your being.

About the author: Sabrina Reber resides in Destin Florida with her husband Todd and her two children ~ Alexandrea and Savannah. Sabrina is an artist, author of a soul ascension manual called “Raise Your Vibration”, ordained minister in the Lively Stones Healing Ministry, a vibrational energy healer and a spiritual activist on the “How To Raise Your Vibration” Facebook page where she helps people from all over the world heal so they can return to their truth and live a more joyful, compassionate, loving and spiritually abundant life for themselves and the people they interact with.

ART BY: ANNA DITTMAN http://www.daily-art.com/feminine-portraits-by-anna-dittmann/

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Is the Ego a Friend or an Enemy? – Galactic Free Press – 8-10-14

This discussion seems to come up over and over again, and has people heavily polarized. The ego, is it some evil to be fought against, some sinister force that steals our happiness? Or is it like some unruly child that needs to be tamed, controlled and eventually befriended? Is the ego an enemy or an ally?

I see this question creating much conflict between people, and within them as well. It’s a simple question, so why no simple, clear answer? That’s easy, it’s the question itself is flawed. Only being able to see the ego as a friend or an enemy is a great example of a false dichotomy, which is the illusion of only having two options.

Duality is based upon false dichotomy, good or evil, right or wrong, light or dark. It presents this image of a universe of opposites that oppose each other, and you’re supposed to choose one or the other. It’s such an incredibly limited, two-dimensional way of looking at things and it’s precisely why people have such a hard time transcending the ego.

If you view the ego as a friend, something to shape and control, you’re giving your energy away to a false sense of self. If you view the ego as an enemy, something to fight against and defeat, you’re still giving away your energy to a false sense of self. Either way you’re giving it power, even when fighting it. Somewhere within the mind of the person who fights with the ego is the belief that the ego has control over them, that’s why it has to be fought against, correct? And so long as you believe this, it will be true. This belief that the ego has control over you sits in the unconscious, while the ego is struggled with on the surface. You have to look deeper, ask why does the ego have control, and who’s giving the ego control?

You cannot transcend a dualistic thought through dualistic thinking. The ego is, by its very nature, dualistic thought. Seeing it as either a friend or an enemy, which is a dualistic type of thinking, is just going to strengthen the ego. Such limited thinking blinds you to the truth: The ego is, for most people, both a friend and an enemy. When you succeed at something, you feel proud, a “positive emotion” from the ego playing the role of a friend. When you fail, you feel shame, a “negative emotion” from the ego playing the role of an enemy.

I don’t recommend trying to make the ego into a friend, an enemy, or viewing it as both, simply see it for what it is. Suppose consciousness is a car being driven around, it’s going to start to pick up dirt on the outside, is it not? Now suppose the car is never cleaned, the windows start becoming difficult to see out of. The car picks up so much dirt the original color is forgotten, and the dirt itself becomes the new color of the car. This is the relation between consciousness and the ego, and it doesn’t mean the dirt is an enemy. In fact, the whole idea of having an enemy is part of the dirt that was built up.

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