I notice a deep love and appreciation for the “ego”.
The word “ego” in this context is shorthand for the tendency to take thoughts as true, and the dynamics created when a thought is taken as true – a world experienced as if it’s true, and a life lived as if it’s true.
And that’s all innocent. It’s all confused or worried love.
It happens on its own. It’s adopted because that’s what’s done on this planet.
It’s done with the intention of fitting in. It’s done with the intention of finding what I think I need the most – safety, comfort, love.
And I get to see this innocence and confused love through inquiry into my own thoughts. Whenever a thought is taken as true, it’s stressful and creates pain. It’s innocent. And it happens as an attempt to find – for instance – safety and love.
As I see this over and over, in a real, specific and detailed way, there is naturally love and appreciation for the ego. The natural love and appreciation for the ego is revealed. The dynamics are revealed as love, in a certain sense a confused and worried love.
Note: Ego in a psychological context can be seen as the operating system that allows our human self to function in the world. This ego can be more or less healed, more or less mature. Ego in a spiritual context is different. It’s – as mentioned above – the tendency to take a thought as true, and what happens when a thought is taken as true.