I keep hearing people mention the word “ego” so thought I would revisit the topic here.
The word has at least two general meanings.
In a psychological context, it roughly means the operating system that makes this human self function in the world, and it can be more or less mature, healthy and well-functioning.
In a spiritual context, it refers to what’s created when a thought is taken as true. It refers to the dynamics created when mind identifies with (as) and image or thought. It’s what question number three in The Work reveals to us. It’s not an entity or a thing, but appearances, the infinite temporarily taking itself as (telling itself it is) finite.
It’s innocent. It’s an attempt to protect. (Mind identifies with/as images and thoughts in an attempt to protect, and what it tries to protect are images and thoughts of an I and me taken as true.) It’s pure devotion, pure love.
And this tendency of the mind to identify – in an innocent attempt to protect, from pure love and devotion – is something the mind can hold satsang with.
You are welcome here.
Thank you for protecting me.
Thank you for your devotion for me. Thank you for your love for me.
How would you like me to be with you?
What is this “me” you wish to protect?
What do you long for? What would satisfy you forever?
What are you really?