The Ego is the basis of our personality, based upon our past, and looking forward, to the future. If our lives have been full of loss and disappointment, a possessive and dissatisfied Ego can make our lives miserable. When we believe this Ego is our Self, it can create a tremendous amount of unnecessary and senseless suffering.
Here are 25 Principals to Transcend the Ego
The Ego is not evil, rather, it is simply unconscious.
The Ego is responsible for the integrity of our personality, as well as our inner well being.
The Ego pursues its own dreams and ambitions, and if those are negative, it will embitter our life.
The Ego is comprised of our thoughts, emotions, and memories, our fixed unconscious roles and collective identifications (such as our gender, nationality, religion, etc.). Unfortunately, many people completely identify with this, and there is no “Self” “outside” of these thoughts, emotions, memories, social roles, etc.
The identification of the Ego with objects, such as the body, or opinions, creates a cord from the person to those objects. In fact, the Ego then experiences its existence through the possession of those objects.
The satisfaction provided to the Ego by the possession of objects is short-lived, so the Ego must pursue new objects. This is a powerful motivation for the Ego, a psychological demand, an unconscious sense of “not having enough”.
The basis of the Ego will be the things which the person identifies with (my career, my children, my degree, my opinion, etc.). Likewise, the basis of the Ego is shaped by the environment and upbringing of the person, the culture in which the person grows up in.
Thoughts such as “I want it,” “I need it,” “it’s mine,” “it’s not enough,” belong to the Ego. The Ego changes over time, replacing it’s needed and wants with new stuff. Nothing is able to satisfy the Ego for long.
The Ego keeps looking for something new, something that promises greater satisfaction, making the sense of self seem more complete.
The Ego needs to possess more and more and wants to become more and more powerful through its possessions. More knowledge, more material wealth, more “stuff”. In this way, the Ego becomes a tyrant of the Self and dominates our life.
The Ego is shaped by the past, which determines its structure. The structure of the Ego is unconscious, which forces the individual to reinforce their identity with external objects.
The Ego is merely a mental production, a system of beliefs.
The Ego functions in a survival mode and will strive to protect, sustain and expand itself. The Ego continually struggles to remain “alive,” and it regards other Egos as rivals or even enemies.
An important strategy of the Ego to reinforce and sustain itself as “I am right.” Nothing gives the Ego more power than the experience of “I am right.” It is the desire of the Ego to be right, and overcome the other, that ensures its feeling of superiority.
Complaining is one of the primary self-reinforcing strategies of the Ego. Complaining implies “I am right.” However, when another Ego refuses to accept “I am right,” it is an offense to the complaining Ego, which in turn, reinforces its self-awareness.
The Ego intends to elevate itself to eternity, which is impossible. This immortal intention of the Ego will be a source of suffering since its world of objects will eventually collapse. Ultimately, death will collapse the basic form of the Ego, the physical body.
Our civilization and culture rests on the possessive and selfish nature of the Ego, as the Ego created the institutions of society, and in turn, societal institutions are expressions of Ego.
Most people identify with a socially conditioned Ego. This social identification is so powerful, that most people are unaware that their lives are governed by a socially conditioned mind.
The Ego must eventually fall, as it is against the evolutionary development of the Consciousness.
If you are able to notice and observe the nature of the Ego, you will be able to transcend it.
We must reach beyond our Ego dominated minds and programming, and if we fail to do so, we will eventually destroy our Selves, and also, cause destruction in the world.
One way to transcend the Ego is not to react to the ever-changing parade of thoughts and emotions, but to concentrate on the alert Consciousness behind the screen of Ego.
The Ego calls itself real, and the only existing ”Self”, but it is nothing more than a conceptual product.
In the space of true Consciousness, the person recognizes and experiences the Ego as a fraud.
The truth is that we are the embodiment of Life, born into this world by way of a miracle, and by way of societal teachings and dogmas, lose our True Selves.