The ego is the collection of opinions, memories and beliefs we each carry around and experience as our "reality". It is the made-up world of error we live in and suffer or prosper by. We are also susceptible to the egoic creations (opinions and beliefs) of others of presumed authority such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, lawyers, politicians and media manipulators. As we let go of our attachment to these opinions and beliefs and aspire to Superconscious or wisdom or science we experience more Life and Happiness. See Intellect
"Your ego is a limitation within your Mind. Your ego exists as an expression of limitation." Dialogue on Awakening, pg. 29
"Your ego is simply a misperception that you hold about yourself..." Dialogue on Awakening, pg. 57
"This is why the first three obstacles to peace refer to "attractions" to guilt, pain and death (T-19.IV.A-C). Our common sense to the contrary, we truly want this unholy three, having made them real in our dream. An essential part of the ego's defense is to have us believe that we do not cherish, but fear them. Our healing begins with the recognition of this ploy for what it is. Thus, "A Course In Miracles" is not about changing the dream or fixing things here - anything specific - but about changing the dream's "content:" the attraction to the ego's thought system. We need to look at our desire for guilt, our yearning to "not" be good enough, then acknowledging: "I made this up, and because I did, I can let it go." This is how we declare our freedom." [Parents and Children, Part One, Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, pg 110-111]
"The ego says that the world is vast, and that the particles which form it are tiny. When tiny particles join, it says, the vast world appears. When the vast world disperses, it says, tiny particles appear. The ego is entranced by all these names and ideas, but the subtle truth is that world and particle are the same; neither one vast, neither one tiny. Every thing is equal to every other thing. Names and concepts only block your perception of this Great Oneness. Therefore it is wise to ignore them. Those who live inside their egos are continually bewildered: they struggle frantically to know whether things are large or small, whether or not there is a purpose to joining or dispersing, whether the universe is blind and mechanical or the divine creation of a conscious being. In reality there are no grounds for having beliefs or making comments about such things. Look behind them instead, and you will discern the deep, silent, complete truth of the Tao. Embrace it, and your bewilderment vanishes." - [Lao Tzu]
"If there is anything needed in spiritual teaching, in seeking truth, in self realization, it is the refinement of the ego. For the same ego which begins by being our worst enemy, will in the end, if developed and cultivated and refined, become our best friend." [Hazrat Inayat Khan]
Mary Baker Eddy
"There are two English words, often used as if they were synonyms, which really have a shade of difference between them.
An egotist is one who talks much of himself. Egotism implies vanity and self-conceit.
Egoism is a more philosophical word, signifying a passionate love of self, which doubts all existence except its own. An egoist, therefore, is one uncertain of everything except his own existence.
Applying these distinctions to evil and God, we shall find that evil is egotistic, - boastful, but fleeing like a shadow at daybreak; while God is egoistic, knowing only His own all-presence, all-knowledge, all-power. [Unity of Good, Mary Baker Eddy, page 27]
"It would be an error to believe that it is the Overself which reincarnates. It does not. But its offspring - the ego - does." [(8-1.232) Brunton]
"The ego is defiant, cunning, and resistant to the end." [(8-3.78) Brunton]
"The ego worships no other God than itself." [(0-8.64) Brunton]
"The ego is by nature a deceiver and in its operations a liar. For if it revealed things as they really are, or told what is profoundly true, it would have to expose its own self as the arch-trickster pretending to be the man himself and proffering the illusion of happiness." [(8-3.79) Brunton]
"If the experiences are ever used for self-indulgence, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, each entity does so to its own undoing, or creates for self that as has been termed or called karma - and must be met. And in meeting every error, in meeting every trial, in meeting every temptation - whether these be mental or really physical experiences - the manner and purpose and approach to same should be ever in that attitude, "Not my will but Thine, O God, be done in and through me." Cayce (1224-1)
"Oftentimes there appears to be a discrepancy in customary definitions of "ego". Some refer to this as "body mind" or simply "of the body" or "material awareness" or Maya. Some do not even realize there is something other than the "ego". In the work we are seeing a clear distinction between ego and a Greater Consciousness. This contrast is not unlike that of "thinking" as opposed to "thought". In the contexts in which I use these terms the "ego" is the self-awareness or self-conception we have artificially created for ourselves about ourselves. The ego is our personally created "Frankenstein", "golem" or monkey on our back. This little self is the collection of ideas, assumptions, relevancies and values we have assembled around ourselves and is (for most of us) the interface between who and what we think we are and the so-called outer world. It is truly an artificial being seemingly having a life of its own. This "ego" has no truth, no awareness other than its own beliefs and memories and therefore cannot be anything other than what it is: a collection of memories, impulses, reactions (of fear), etc. It is in fact born of fear and has its existence in fear. It believes in victimhood and death. It is a form (in its extreme) of death to real Life and those so unfortunately afflicted are as walking zombies not aware a Greater Existence can be experienced by simply letting go of the false interpretations, judgements and negative decisions/attitudes. The ego is an artificial existence, a dream state, which has no life. It is most seen in self-consciousness and the many other attributes of fear.
"On the other hand there is the Divine Self, Greater Self, wisdom, Cosmic Being, Cosmic Consciousness, Christ Self or any other of many descriptive terms. This entity is absolute, free, indivisible, One with All, God-sourced, etc. It is Truth, Love and Life itself. This is the real us that when accessed brings a full consciousness of all that there is. This awareness is full exuberant Life. The process of awakening is really a letting go the former false ego with its bizarre dream-state value system and adhering to the unlimited essence of who and what we really are: the boundless God Self which is the Divine within. This process of awakening from a belief in death to a belief in Life is the "born again" and "second coming" ideas of Christian dogma and probably also the "returning of the Messiah" of the Hebrews. This "new" state of being is already ours and has always been so. There is really nothing new about it since it is outside of physical considerations such as Time and Space.
"The Atlin project is teaching us a new way of looking at old belief systems. By stripping away the old dogma, doctrine, verbage, symbolism, connotations and beliefs we can begin to see clearly in a new light. Liberation in SVP is the letting go of that which binds to a lower realm. Molecules are a structure composted of atoms in bondage. The atoms hold themselves in bondage because of the inherent forces within each of them. In humans, adherence to the lower molecular realms of life (materiality) may be released when the bonds are seen as self-created desires for adherence. The Buddha laughed because he saw these bonds as self-created and may be self-released by simple choice. The choice then is we can be victims of our own self-created Frankensteins (egos) or we can experience the liberation of being who and what we already are - Love. Simply letting go of the monkey will not work because there is an acknowledgement of the non-existent monkey. The monkey (ego) is gone when we no longer give it importance in our own thoughts. A strange paradox that never was but only self-resolves when we realize it never existed in the first place! Fear (ego, selfishness) binds, Love (selflessness) releases." Dale Pond, 6/7/99 Dale Pond: Speaking Freely
What is ego?
But a dream of what you really are.
A thought you are apart from your Creator and a wish to be what He created not.
It is a thing of madness, not reality at all.
A name for namelessness is all it is.
A symbol of impossibility;
a choice for option that do not exist." [A Course in Miracles, C-2.1.4]
As a Man Thinketh
image of you
Jnanandriyas (organs of sense)
Levels of Consciousness
Substance vs Pretty Pictures
Tanmatras (objects of sense)