My ego’s goal is to separate itself. Separation is how my ego first came into being and maintained its existence. Separation is also how it procreates. The ego first came into being when I was told that I was not good enough and believed it. To compensate for this belief I created a false self to present to the world. This false self was constructed by my ego by splitting myself into two entities. My ego is fundamentally dishonest because it was born from a lie I told myself, then tried to believe and largely succeeded. Once my ego came into being it had a self-preservation instinct like all living entities. To preserve itself it had to split and continue to split because it is always at odds with reality and the way it copes with being at odds with reality is to split itself. Splitting itself gives my ego a place to run when it is confronted with a reality that conflicts with its point of view. And on and on it continues to split itself spawning egos of egos of egos.
At the heart of my ego is shame, the fear that if the world saw my true self, I would be judged and abandoned. In this way creating my ego was an act of self-preservation made by my true self. I can see this clearly in my children. My youngest daughter says she likes a singer, my older daughter says she does not like that singer but likes another one. Then my youngest daughter drops her original preference in favor of my older daughter’s preference.
For the ego to thrive, the true self must be put to sleep. In the beginning the true self does this willingly thinking that the creation of ego and splitting the self saves the self. When the true self is put to sleep the ego adopts the persona of the true self. Its judgement and jealousy of others becomes true. Its vanity and its shame become true. The true self is mostly just awareness itself so when it sleeps there is no awareness that the ego is running the show. As such, awareness of the ego is a sign that the true self is awakening.
Over time my ego created such an elaborate maze of illusion that coping with reality became difficult. When this began to happen my true self began to stir in its sleep. I would feel anxious and not know why. I experienced a tightening sensation in my throat. I became depressed. Feelings in the body are always true. They cannot be dishonest and always exist for a legitimate reason. They are the way the true self communicates from its place of sleep while the ego is in charge. It was this anxiety, physical discomfort and depression that set me on my journey to awaken my true self.
If my ego came into existence through separation and illusion then overcoming the ego and awakening the true self is achieved by unity (letting go of separation) and truth. I did this through Gestalt therapy (more on that in another post). A little bit at a time my true self began to awaken and I saw the ego and its shame and judgment as entities separate from my self. They are not who I really am. They are not true. Bringing awareness to the fact that shame is a feeling brought forth by a separate entity (my ego) gave me separation from the shame. It was there, but rather than believe it I observe it. Separation from separation is unity.
- Free Yourself from Your Ego Armor (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- Baba Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari posted a blog post (community.humanityhealing.net)
- You Know It. Trust It. (tonningsen.wordpress.com)