Sigmund Freud’s perspective of the ego is defined as the rational part of the mind. Ego is strong, extremely rational, and efficient, but cold, boring, and distant.

The ego is a type of belief system; it is the part of the mind that has trapped us into believing you “can’t.” The ego mind says, you can’t have inner peace, happiness, or purpose. Believing this trap, you begin to live it and keep the separating factors in place.

Enlightenment Teachings

In the traditional teachings of Enlightenment, humanity is referred to as “ignorant,” void of being awakened to the greater capacity of the heart and mind. In this state of ignorance you identify yourself with events, thoughts and emotions. You generally obsess with “me” thoughts—“How can I progress?” and “What do I want?” Because there is no center, every thought and emotion creates a separate “me.”

Aziz Kristof, a non-traditional Advaita-Zen Master said, “Every thought creates a new center, a new identification which is the ego. A person can’t talk about “one” ego but rather about a flow of conscious or semi-conscious events, being capable of operating in a relatively integrated way. This is the function of the ego.”

How do you know when you are changing?

The ego needs to know. It wants to control. As you begin to separate from your needs through a daily practice of meditation and the other tools, the old personality mechanisms shift to create a space in your consciousness. In this space you begin to witness life and begin to stand outside of the experience. In a split-second occurrences your inner self starts to unhook from the ego’s control, and a new awareness starts to take shape.

Aziz Kristof, a non-traditional Advaita-Zen Master said, “One of the functions of the ego delineates the conditioned self. The outermost layers of the ego are directly tied to the human personality through the emotional body.”

Ego gives us identity; it shapes your world and gives you the ability to move through the world. In one aspect you can’t live without the ego, but on the other hand, aspects of the ego require a peeling away of the outer layers. This allows you to see an inner presence that is beyond anything you can imagine right now.

What is a way to release the ego?

As you journey through the ego you peel the outer layers of the ego away—fears, confusion, denial, resistance, anger, addictions. Then a type of “ego death” starts to take place.  This is characterized as the perceived loss of boundaries between self and environment, a sense of the loss of “control.”

As the controlling ego starts to lose its feeling of existing as a “personal guard”, this perceived loss is experienced through a sensation that one is the whole universe (and therefore there is no need to differentiate the “me” from the “universe”) or by simply acknowledging the “me” does not exist.

When these experiences take place they might occur as a fleeting moment of devoid consciousness. This often scares the ego and it lusts forward to grab onto something that is more real and tangible. Usually it attaches to another personality mechanism of control and disapproval.

The process through the ego is a practice of peeling the layers that have confined the inner self and not allowed for an expansive view of life.

Transform the ego and to peel the layers of limitation back.

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