The ego is the collection of opinions, memories and beliefs we each carry around and experience as our "reality". It is the made-up world of error we live in and suffer or prosper by. We are also susceptible to the egoic creations (opinions and beliefs) of others of presumed authority such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, lawyers, politicians and media manipulators. As we let go of our attachment to these opinions and beliefs and aspire to Superconscious or wisdom or science we experience more Life and Happiness. See Intellect
Polarity in Ego or Thinking
"Ego is the movement of the mind toward objects of perception in the form of grasping, and away from objects in the form of aversion. This fundamentally is all the ego is. This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a sense of a separate 'me,' and in turn the sense of 'me' strengthens itself this way." [Adyashanti]
"The immortal EGO is an entity of which man can become thoroughly conscious while here on earth, but to arrive at this consciousness necessitates the entire abandonment of all the petty considerations involved in the transient and subordinate EGO, which is the only self of which the unenlightened man is conscious. Let him who desires to reach this inner consciousness enter his inner sanctuary, wherever that sanctuary may be; it matters not whether it be his own chamber, the open field, the mountain top, the seashore, the stately cathedral, or the humble village chapel. Let him realize fully the transient character of his own personality and contrast therewith his eager longing to know the immortal. Let him concentrate his whole consciousness upon his personality, fully arousing all his personal conditions as a distinct individual; then with all the aspiration of which this personality is capable, let him beseech of the immortal EGO - which is eternal and does not incarnate, but overshadows all incarnations, waiting until one is formed capable of illumination, to whom it may reveal itself - to consider him worthy of illumination, and according to his preparedness to receive illumination will it then be granted. He who asks this, knows not what he asks; for were the prayer answered, life henceforth for such an one would be a weary round, as Hamlet says: "to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow brings in this weary round of life"; for, having seen the glory of this immortal EGO, all else seems so base, so commonplace and mean, so inglorious, that oftentimes the personality has utterly collapsed when thrown back from the radiant vision of this glorious immortal entity possessed by all alike, though scarcely dreamed of by any save the very few who, discontented with the ignorance and emptiness of terrene existence, aspire to know the great reality of the supernal. As the incarnations of every entity, passing through certain orders of experience through numerous lives, inevitably culminate in this moment of conscious realization of the immortal entity; the Buddha says: "All shall reach the sunlit snows." [Amplitude of Force]
"Whenever a man tries in life to get his own way in some matter, this is an expression of his egoism. Whenever he wants to force on others something he thinks right and loses his temper over it, that is an expression of his self-seeking. This self-seeking must be subdued before he can attain to truth. Truth is something we experience in our most inward being — and yet it liberates us increasingly from ourselves. Of course, it is essential that nothing save the love of truth should enter into our striving for it. If passions, instincts and desires, from which the Sentient Soul must be cleansed before the Intellectual Soul can strive for truth, come into it, they will prevent a man from getting away from himself and will keep his Ego tied to a fixed viewpoint. In the search for truth, the only passion that must not be discarded is love." [Rudolf Steiner]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"I asked the Creator - 'Universal Consciousness' - why mankind endured so much suffering and evil.
I was then shown very clearly that all the problems experienced by humans arose from the 'central point' of the self, (science now calls this the 'ego').
It manifested itself in the 'personality'
as a DRIVING NEED to defend the self from criticism or emotional/physical attack
and a similar DRIVING NEED to push aside other people, in order to arrive first in the race of life.
It also manifested itself in the 'personality'
as a DRIVING NEED to take all that was best for the self, despite the opposition of others and a similar DRIVING NEED to hold on to personal possessions, be they relatives, friends, material goods or achievements, despite any opposition.
I was also made to understand that without these TWO fundamental, eternal, undeviating 'impulses of creative being' there would be no creation.
This is the secret of creation - and the secret of existence and of 'individual being'." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 5, page 24]
"By working together as a team, separately but inseparable, in the visible world, these twin impulses were the means by which the substance of 'matter' itself has been created out of the sublime 'UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS'.
One impulse of creativity is: the 'I'ness of ACTIVITY.
This impulse of activity is universal and stems from only one source.
'Activity' is a movement in CONSCIOUSNESS, and CONSCIOUSNESS in movement.
The other creative impulse possesses (figuratively speaking) two faces looking in opposite directions.
Pull towards>>>>>>>> the self<<<<<<<< Push away otherwise known as
ATTRACTION - REPULSION
Attract>>>>>>>> to - THE SELF - from <<<<<<<< Repel within CONSCIOUSNESS.
These are the ONLY means by which earthly existence has been achieved.
The entire universe is a manifestation of the 'Creative Power' active within these Twin Impulses of PHYSICAL BEING - creating 'matter' and individual form.
This is one of the fundamental 'secrets' of the universe.
I saw that the 'core' of the 'Personality' or 'ego' as it is now called, had been created
'GUARDIAN of PERSONALITY'
and was irresistibly imprinted with the magnetic impulse to ensure
PRIVACY and SURVIVAL.
For the protection of the individual 'I'ness
This was accomplished by using the two faces of the second Impulse of Being
BONDING - REJECTION to secure individuality.
"This is why there was a struggle between my humanly entrenched Ego and my 'Father-Mother Consciousness' during the very strident temptations I experienced at the end of my enlightenment in the desert. Satan had nothing to do with the tug-of-war which took place within my consciousness.
The war was waged between the
transcendent, yet with in me and which would gradually take over my individuality to an ever greater extent if I continually meditated and cleared my consciousness of selfish impulses." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Christ Letters - Letter 5, page 27]
"What is the difference between the soul and psyche? I am now going to explain the difference which your earthly psychologists may dispute, but nonetheless, this is the truth. The Soul is the 'Divine Flame' - a metaphor used to describe the essence of Divine Life which is drawn into individual being at the moment of conception. LIFE FORCE takes on personal form and releases the energy of 'electrical force of activity' and the magnetic impulses of 'bonding - rejection' to embark on the intricate work of construction of the body.
"Therefore, you have, at the core of your being,
this is Divine Intelligence / Divine Love
Which is the powerful Divine Impulse to create, grow, nourish, nurture, heal, protect, fulfill every need, within a system of perfect law and order.
"This is the Reality which is your soul.
"Therefore, when you have overcome the ego impulses and invited the SOUL to hold dominion in your thoughts and feelings, you will be driven to express all of the Divine Impulses described above. You will be possessed by a desire to only promote the highest good of all living things and the universe itself. You will have become a true messenger from Divine Consciousness, expressing all Its qualities of Being.
"Until that time of soul re-unification with Divine Consciousness, the psyche occupies the deepest recesses of your human consciousness and draws its awareness from your soul. It is the hidden instinct within you which knows right from wrong." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 7, page 166-167, (13)]
"It makes you distinct and unique from everyone else. In order to preserve your individuality, the ego must protect you from outside attack of any kind and it must give you what you need to help you prosper, flourish, grow and be happy. This is Divinely ordained and not to be treated with contempt. The ego constitutes an 'all-important' and very necessary nucleus of consciousness of creation, development and growth. The ego is exclusively governed by the electrical current of activity consciousness - the 'Go-go' impulse apparent in all living things, even in plants which turn and display their foliage to catch the sun in the best possible way. This is a movement conceived in the 'go-go' electrical field and in the 'bonding-desire' emotional field in the consciousness of the plant to enable the plant to grow and enjoy the warmth of the sun. The ego in every living thing is the seat of the 'earthly consciousness' only. In no way does it resemble in any shape or form the Divine Reality which constitutes the soul. The ego-drive, the drive which is directed exclusively at getting what it wants to make the individual entity happy and to protect it from attack to ensure its survival, and will trample on other entities or species to achieve its purposes, pertains to the earthly dimension only. This ego force is active within every living thing from the least amoeba to the mightiest king. You could call the Ego-Drive the Protector and Dictator of the living Universe. It is at this point that the majority of people in your world to-day become confused when contemplating the possibility of the existence of a 'God'. They review the activities of various species driven by their ego-consciousness, the one feeding on another to obtain sustenance and these people decide that this 'savagery' must be the working of the creator. How then can the creator be a 'God of Love'? This is one of the misapprehensions and beliefs I would like to sweep away. It is my purpose that all people should come to realise that: the entire universe has, at its basic core and foundation in all things, the Divine Life Force which inspires and respires through all of creation. It is the hidden but powerful Equilibrium out of which all things have taken being, form and shape. It is the 'scientists' space' in which is conducted the 'Movement and Bonding of the Electrical Particles'. It is both the impenetrable and forever unknowable 'ground of existence' and also the hidden Source of all substance of all things in the universe. The Ego is the tool of Divine Creativity to produce individuality out of the UNITY OF ITS OWN BEINGNESS." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 7, page 14]
"What this method of 'meditating' will achieve for you will be a relief from the thoughts and stress that your ego pressures are creating for you. In the world of imagination, the ego may - or may not - be dormant." [Christ Letters - Letter 8, page 24]
"Until people truly wake up and open their eyes to the full realisation that they are the individualisation of the SOURCE of their BEING which is a combination of PERFECT IMPULSES of Creativity & Love, they will remain attracted to the enticements of materialism, satisfactions of body lusts, and the desire for self-promotion above all others - which ranges from take-overs and strikes in business and industries, and gross disharmonies in relationships to murder, rape and war. Wherever a person exerts his ego over another, angry discords abound.
This is the very first Law of Existence which must be publicised throughout the world." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Christ Letters - Letter 9, page 11]
"Laughter is a gift of love for a creation possessed by, and needing relief from their egos." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 9, page 14]
As Jesus, I told the people that the Prince of this world tempted me but I did not respond. I was referring to the Ego when I spoke of the Prince of this world - for so it is. I believe that my Letters can lead those who study and practise the teachings sincerely, to ascend from the grip of the ego into a spiritual dimension where they will be able to control their every thought and action by the rule of unconditional love. [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth]
Dialogue on Awakening
"Evolution by degrees is the perfect description of the supreme achievement of the ego. That keeps you in a constant state of allowing yourself to believe that there is a goal just around the corner as opposed to the recognition that if you are the perfect creation of the Father, what could there be to evolve into except the memory of it and memory is instantaneous." [Dialogue on Awakening]
"Your ego is a limitation within your Mind. Your ego exists as an expression of limitation." Dialogue on Awakening, pg. 29
"Your ego is simply a misperception that you hold about yourself..." Dialogue on Awakening, pg. 57
"This is why the first three obstacles to peace refer to "attractions" to guilt, pain and death (T-19.IV.A-C). Our common sense to the contrary, we truly want this unholy three, having made them real in our dream. An essential part of the ego's defense is to have us believe that we do not cherish, but fear them. Our healing begins with the recognition of this ploy for what it is. Thus, "A Course In Miracles" is not about changing the dream or fixing things here - anything specific - but about changing the dream's "content:" the attraction to the ego's thought system. We need to look at our desire for guilt, our yearning to "not" be good enough, then acknowledging: "I made this up, and because I did, I can let it go." This is how we declare our freedom." [Parents and Children, Part One, Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, pg 110-111]
"The ego says that the world is vast, and that the particles which form it are tiny. When tiny particles join, it says, the vast world appears. When the vast world disperses, it says, tiny particles appear. The ego is entranced by all these names and ideas, but the subtle truth is that world and particle are the same; neither one vast, neither one tiny. Every thing is equal to every other thing. Names and concepts only block your perception of this Great Oneness. Therefore it is wise to ignore them. Those who live inside their egos are continually bewildered: they struggle frantically to know whether things are large or small, whether or not there is a purpose to joining or dispersing, whether the universe is blind and mechanical or the divine creation of a conscious being. In reality there are no grounds for having beliefs or making comments about such things. Look behind them instead, and you will discern the deep, silent, complete truth of the Tao. Embrace it, and your bewilderment vanishes." - [Lao Tzu]
Hazrat Inayat Khan
"If there is anything needed in spiritual teaching, in seeking truth, in self realization, it is the refinement of the ego. For the same ego which begins by being our worst enemy, will in the end, if developed and cultivated and refined, become our best friend." [Hazrat Inayat Khan]
Mary Baker Eddy
"There are two English words, often used as if they were synonyms, which really have a shade of difference between them.
An egotist is one who talks much of himself. Egotism implies vanity and self-conceit.
Egoism is a more philosophical word, signifying a passionate love of self, which doubts all existence except its own. An egoist, therefore, is one uncertain of everything except his own existence.
Applying these distinctions to evil and God, we shall find that evil is egotistic, - boastful, but fleeing like a shadow at daybreak; while God is egoistic, knowing only His own all-presence, all-knowledge, all-power. [Unity of Good, Mary Baker Eddy, page 27]
"It would be an error to believe that it is the Overself which reincarnates. It does not. But its offspring - the ego - does." [(8-1.232) Brunton]
"The ego is defiant, cunning, and resistant to the end." [(8-3.78) Brunton]
"The ego worships no other God than itself." [(0-8.64) Brunton]
"The ego is by nature a deceiver and in its operations a liar. For if it revealed things as they really are, or told what is profoundly true, it would have to expose its own self as the arch-trickster pretending to be the man himself and proffering the illusion of happiness." [(8-3.79) Brunton]
"What spirit do you entertain? Truth, justice, mercy, love, patience, brotherly kindness? Or self, self-praise, self-glory that you may be well-spoken of materially?" [Cayce 257-238]
"If the experiences are ever used for self-indulgence, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, each entity does so to its own undoing, or creates for self that as has been termed or called karma - and must be met. And in meeting every error, in meeting every trial, in meeting every temptation - whether these be mental or really physical experiences - the manner and purpose and approach to same should be ever in that attitude, "Not my will but Thine, O God, be done in and through me." Cayce (1224-1)
"Oftentimes there appears to be a discrepancy in customary definitions of "ego". Some refer to this as "body mind" or simply "of the body" or "material awareness" or Maya. Some do not even realize there is something other than the "ego". In the work we are seeing a clear distinction between ego and a Greater Consciousness. This contrast is not unlike that of "thinking" as opposed to "thought". In the contexts in which I use these terms the "ego" is the self-awareness or self-conception we have artificially created for ourselves about ourselves. The ego is our personally created "Frankenstein", "golem" or monkey on our back. This little self is the collection of ideas, assumptions, relevancies and values we have assembled around ourselves and is (for most of us) the interface between who and what we think we are and the so-called outer world. It is truly an artificial being seemingly having a life of its own. This "ego" has no truth, no awareness other than its own beliefs and memories and therefore cannot be anything other than what it is: a collection of memories, impulses, reactions (of fear), etc. It is in fact born of fear and has its existence in fear. It believes in victimhood and death. It is a form (in its extreme) of death to real Life and those so unfortunately afflicted are as walking zombies not aware a Greater Existence can be experienced by simply letting go of the false interpretations, judgements and negative decisions/attitudes. The ego is an artificial existence, a dream state, which has no life. It is most seen in self-consciousness and the many other attributes of fear.
"On the other hand there is the Divine Self, Greater Self, wisdom, Cosmic Being, Cosmic Consciousness, Christ Self or any other of many descriptive terms. This entity is absolute, free, indivisible, One with All, God-sourced, etc. It is Truth, Love and Life itself. This is the real us that when accessed brings a full consciousness of all that there is. This awareness is full exuberant Life. The process of awakening is really a letting go the former false ego with its bizarre dream-state value system and adhering to the unlimited essence of who and what we really are: the boundless God Self which is the Divine within. This process of awakening from a belief in death to a belief in Life is the "born again" and "second coming" ideas of Christian dogma and probably also the "returning of the Messiah" of the Hebrews. This "new" state of being is already ours and has always been so. There is really nothing new about it since it is outside of physical considerations such as Time and Space.
"The Atlin project is teaching us a new way of looking at old belief systems. By stripping away the old dogma, doctrine, verbage, symbolism, connotations and beliefs we can begin to see clearly in a new light. Liberation in SVP is the letting go of that which binds to a lower realm. Molecules are a structure composted of atoms in bondage. The atoms hold themselves in bondage because of the inherent forces within each of them. In humans, adherence to the lower molecular realms of life (materiality) may be released when the bonds are seen as self-created desires for adherence. The Buddha laughed because he saw these bonds as self-created and may be self-released by simple choice. The choice then is we can be victims of our own self-created Frankensteins (egos) or we can experience the liberation of being who and what we already are - Love. Simply letting go of the monkey will not work because there is an acknowledgement of the non-existent monkey. The monkey (ego) is gone when we no longer give it importance in our own thoughts. A strange paradox that never was but only self-resolves when we realize it never existed in the first place! Fear (ego, selfishness) binds, Love (selflessness) releases." Dale Pond, 6/7/99 Dale Pond: Speaking Freely
A Course in Miracles
What is ego?
But a dream of what you really are.
A thought you are apart from your Creator and a wish to be what He created not.
It is a thing of madness, not reality at all.
A name for namelessness is all it is.
A symbol of impossibility;
a choice for option that do not exist." [A Course in Miracles, C-2.1.4]
You are growing in love and wisdom right and left. And the growing is not always easy. Your ego is being wracked right and left, and that is how you grow. Ego is forced to step aside, at least for a while, and you see yourself rising to the sun. You did not get burned. Your ego did.
Ego doesn’t go up in flames without a fight. I talk about ego as though you have no responsibility for it. Never mind, you are learning to get along without it or without so much of it.
You are really beginning to learn that there are no affronts to you, only to your ego. Oh, beloveds, think of what it will be when ego no longer pesters you and gets the best of you and when you stand above it. Picture yourself standing tall, ego on the floor beneath, and with your foot on ego, you keep it down. Now ego submits to you, instead of your submitting to ego. Now you have risen, and you are vaulting across the Universe knowingly with Me.
Ego has cramped your style. You are just beginning to find out what your style is, your true style, your true way of being unshackled from ego and ego needs. When you don’t have ego, what do you require? Without ego, you who are everything have everything you need. And, if there should be something you don’t have, then you don’t need it. You did very much need to be without commandeering ego, that selfish twit of an ego who got in your way. I say this as it is.
We do not make an ode to ego, nor do We hold animosity toward the now fallen ego. Although ego has been an opponent, it had its purpose for you. It brought you to where you are now. Now you are a hero to yourself. Without ego, you can truly love your God-given self. Ego was like a rash, hot and itchy, and now you are not inflamed. Now you are calm and cooled down. You have removed the hair shirt of ego. No longer do you bow to it. Now you bow to the sun and to the God in you.
Let Us thank ego for helping you and the world to see what ego really looks like, hardly the picture you had of it and the importance you held it in. Now you remove your foot from the prone ego and let it go off with its tail between its legs. Ego was all an illusion anyway. It never existed except as you gave homage to it. Ego had you twisted around its little finger. How presumptuous ego was.
Now you are free of ego. Even though it had you in its power, it had no power except as you granted it. You fed ego’s ego. And now you are free. Or almost free. You certainly are getting there.
What is there to say about ego when it is gone or well on its way out? Ego really never had anything to do with you! It was your ego! Instead of your training this errant ego, you let it train you! And now you are getting out from under ego. You used to be prone on the floor of life, and ego had its foot on you. You let ego go. Avast, ego, avast. At last, you are releasing your hold on it.
Let’s have a party. Let’s have a Thanksgiving Day. Hurray, you are outliving ego and all the pictures of the past.
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As a Man Thinketh
Bonding - Rejection
image of you
Jnanandriyas (organs of sense)
Levels of Consciousness
nucleus of consciousness
Substance vs Pretty Pictures
Tanmatras (objects of sense)