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What is Ego?

--by Andrew Cohen (Aug 02, 2004)


"What is ego? Ego is the deeply felt sense of being separate and superior. Indeed, it is an emotional and psychological compulsion to see and feel the self as being separate from and superior to the other, the world, and the whole universe. It is that locus point where the sense of individuality is also a sense of alienation, where the experience of autonomy is also one of isolation, and where even the experience of freedom is always shadowed, by a deeper sense, at the core of our being, by a sense of bondage, limitation, and hopelessness."

"I believe that for most of us, the only solution to this evolutionary cul-de-sac, the only way to our own higher development, lies in the context of human relationship, relationship based upon a breakthrough to a shared experience and recognition of consciousness beyond ego -- a consciousness in which all parties experience simultaneously their own individual and collective transparency while remaining fully and completely themselves. In this higher We consciousness, we recognize, perhaps for the first time, why ego is the only problem, the only obstacle to the fulfillment of our imminent evolutionary potential."

"As long as the fears and desires of the ego remain the fundamental locus of our attention and the impulse to evolve is but a faint murmur in the background of awareness, nothing less than overwhelming force will bring the ego to its knees. The force of what? The force of impersonal absolute love that sees no other and recognizes only itself. In that love, our own higher conscience is awakened and screams relentlessly for our unconditional surrender without compromise. And it will keep on screaming until we all have finally transcended the need to be separate."

--Andrew Cohen


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On Oct 31, 2008 nusi wrote:
...and there are the superior with views abhorent to your own which you try to avoid...and in acting out their desires they offend your mindset,,,keep to your mindset and watch the superior ones watch you and wonder why you are so seperate from the alleged real world of hate, unhappiness, greed and let your spirit continue to be light and free from corruption of superiors.lol and watch your lightness shine on them and rub off but sadly only occasionally...

On Feb 15, 2008 Dino wrote:
Ego kills!!!!

On Jan 11, 2007 wes wrote:

"What is ego?" Ego is the projector of "I" in "I am". "Ego is the deeply felt sense of being separate and superior." No, it's not necessarily the latter, and is only the former in a manner that varies from your apparent intention. Ego is what separates the observer from the observed. It is what allows separation of matter into meaning. Ego simply provides context for perception. If it finds itself patently "superior", it is likely an "unhealthy" ego, one that cares not if its context and perception are harmonious. "Indeed, it is an emotional and psychological compulsion to see and feel the self as being separate from and superior to the other, the world, and the whole universe." Close, but in a healthy ego - it recognizes that it is both separate from - and integral to the systems you mention. If it were not "separate from", it could not utilize language, as language is meaning and meaning is subjective. It may not however, understand or have come to terms with  See full.

"What is ego?" Ego is the projector of "I" in "I am". "Ego is the deeply felt sense of being separate and superior." No, it's not necessarily the latter, and is only the former in a manner that varies from your apparent intention. Ego is what separates the observer from the observed. It is what allows separation of matter into meaning. Ego simply provides context for perception. If it finds itself patently "superior", it is likely an "unhealthy" ego, one that cares not if its context and perception are harmonious. "Indeed, it is an emotional and psychological compulsion to see and feel the self as being separate from and superior to the other, the world, and the whole universe." Close, but in a healthy ego - it recognizes that it is both separate from - and integral to the systems you mention. If it were not "separate from", it could not utilize language, as language is meaning and meaning is subjective. It may not however, understand or have come to terms with the inter-connectedness of it all and such. With the butterfly effect and blah blah blah. "It is that locus point where the sense of individuality is also a sense of alienation, where the experience of autonomy is also one of isolation, and where even the experience of freedom is always shadowed, by a deeper sense, at the core of our being, by a sense of bondage, limitation, and hopelessness." What an utterly self-depricating crock of badness. That's just negativity. Funny that it took ego for you to write that thing there about how bad ego is. Lol. Sick I tellsya. *sigh* Ego is the projector. It is what allows you, motivates you to interact and learn. You just trashed yourself, and I think you deserve better. Love thyself brother, and love thy neighbor. I don't think anything is to be gained by what it would seem you propose "you already hate yourself, you just might not realize it". To me, that's just sick and twisted right there... Lol. You're all "bask in my wisdom, bitches - YOU SUCK". Well I beg to differ sah! Bask in MY wisdom! HA! Lol. Sorry I'm a dork and I love it.

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