EGO, Friend or Foe?

The major religious teachings from Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism have all identified the ego as the source of our suffering and tribulations. The ego perpetuates our seperation from each other and from the Divine. This would substantiate, for me, that ego is our foe. There is a survival prerequisite for aspects of the ego. [...]


The major religious teachings from Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism have all identified the ego as the source of our suffering and tribulations. The ego perpetuates our seperation from each other and from the Divine. This would substantiate, for me, that ego is our foe. There is a survival prerequisite for aspects of the ego. It is when the ego is promoting its self-sufficiency and is attached to the self serving aggenda that problems arise. I read a definition of what ego was which gave me some clarity to the foundation of its operation. “the ego is what you think others think that you think”. Those who are predominatley self-centered/egotistical tend to seek allies rather than friends. One of the markers of ego versus friends is try saying No to conditions or requests. The resulting reaction will tell you whether the relationship is an alliance or a friendship. (unless there is a passive aggressive personality involved)

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The ego of a child begins in a natural benign way. The environment, culture, society, circumstances, situations reshape the ego into one which fails to recognize the unity of existence with others or the Divine. I, me, mine evolves and grows to a point of a personality disorder, such as narciscissm or even a psychopath and everything in between. The types and manifestations of ego are as numerous as the people it inhabits.

The the ego is, by all accounts, the initiator of the emotions. These can and are both positive and negative. These emotional “creations” become the walls of the Spiritual maze we find ourselves attempting to solve. This becomes a rubic cube in as much as we use a deluded mind in order to solve the delusion.

The “Still small Voice” should be our guide through the maze. The intellectual gymnastics will only create more walls within the maze of life. Walls that will, someday, have to be overcome and eliminated if we are to unite at the final destination we all seek.

The Psalm verse: “Be still and know I AM God” has a┬ámuch more profound implication than most are aware of. The meditation methods supported in the East also have the message of inner silence. What is being silenced is the mental chatter of the ego. The ego builds its power and provides its defence by and through the internal dialogue it engages. The ego defines its belief system with this dialogue. In turn, perceptions result and this becomes what is projected into or onto the World and those who cohabit in the World.

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