Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mirror, Mirror

What is the ego? What are it's characteristics? What does it do? Let's have a look. The ego's most obvious trait is probably it's isolation. It always considers itself apart from it's natural context. It defines itself through comparison with some "other". The ego tries to empower itself by undermining others. If the ego had a choice between abundance for all, or of abundance for itself accompanied by scarcity for others, it would choose the latter. It is always afraid. It tries to assuage it's fear by controlling as much as possible. The ego creates beliefs about itself, which it will cling to and defend (to the death if necessary). It seeks confirmation of it's beliefs by insisting on their universality. Any challenge to it's self-image is attacked or ridiculed or suppressed. It's own desires, no matter how extravagant, take precedence over the greater good. If it acts with apparent generosity, this is only to enhance it's image and it expects applause as well as indebtedness. The ego is extremely cunning and tricky but too infantile to be really intelligent. If it could look at itself honestly, it would see that it carries the seeds of it's own destruction. This is what lies at the root of it's fear. The ego is incapable of love. When we see the ego for what it is, we can begin to question it's pronouncements and demands. We start to realise that the ego cannot be reformed but must be overthrown. At first we try to fight it, but it only grows stronger. This is because the ego thrives on our resistance. The only thing that seems to work is to refuse to take it seriously and stop feeding it. When we learn not to identify with it or its beliefs we can instead experience our unity with all that is.
Now for the punchline. Reread the above, and for each instance of "the ego", substitute any of the following: the corporation, organised religion, the Illuminati conspiracy, the government. The outer world is a reflexion of our inner state. When we recognise the ego for what it is and overcome it's domination, it's external reflexions must also fall.


  1. That was great. I caught your comment on Les' most recent Origami post and it led me to your blog.

    Your comment on Visible Origami really resonates with my own experience.
    I have recently learned to embrace my pain and have used it as a tool to break out of the mainstream thought process.
    I recently had an experience that forced me to view myself without the protection of my ego. It was humbling and terrifying, and priceless.

  2. D, Thank you for your response. It is amazing how our Self chooses just the right experiences to help us to grow. Everyone does what they must. The experience of depression is so valuable because as long as we fight it, it just keeps coming back like a boomerang from hell. When I'd finally had enough of it, I just gave up the struggle and basically said to the pain,"Do your worst. I don't care anymore." At that point it just left. This was over ten years ago. I've had rough days here and there since then but nothing like before. At the time, I had been reading a book called "Rebel in the Soul", translated by Bika Reed from an Egyptian papyrus. This seems to have triggered the surrender. The experience of depression also helped in that questions arose that demanded answers, such as "who am I?" "what am I doing here?" "why is there so much suffering in the world?". These led to my questioning the consensus view of reality, which is an important step in the awaking process.

  3. It is equally eye-opening to watch video or read articles about corporations et al, while mentally substituting the word "ego".

  4. A quote I stumbled on

    "... Most insidiously, we have each created a fictitious projection of our selves, a self-representation, and gotten lost within it, pursuing its interests to the detriment of our true interests..."