One could argue that the moment we are given a birth certificate, we are inducted into the Matrix society – this is the society of the ego that wants very much for us to become its willing slaves and consumers. We set about trying to build our empire, while striving to be happy, filling our lives with every form of material distraction. Only those who are wise, understand this wicked dance to be the seduction of the ego.
The ego does not want a loving, compassionate, caring, empathic, you. It does not want you to see that you are creating every moment with all ‘others’ who are really just you in reflection.
Though the ego had a part in allowing you to develop a separate sense of self from your Mother when you were born, it simultaneously stole away from you – your true inheritance – which is so much more vast than any sum of money on planet earth. Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates’ wealth is miniscule to the true stores of wealth given to us by an awakened consciousness, but we cannot imagine this to be true while the ego has us in its juicy grip.
All “worth” of the self is tied to material success. Who we date, what we drive, how we dress, how many degrees we can accumulate, and from where, what religion we practice, how spiritually evolved we are while others are not, who does our hair, who manages our money, what we do “for a living” when our life was already promised well before we arrived here, etc. become the trappings of a soul that is longing for a Higher Connection to its Infinite Treasure but knows only the language of the material, limited, non-Intelligent Higher Cosmos which is attached to the Higher Self.
We believe that we exist by some accident or mere chance forgetting that even in what seems to be absolute chaos, there is a Divine Design. There are no mistakes, yet the ego usually has us believing that even we are one.
Being of service to others even in small ways is too burdensome for the ego, for self-aggrandizement is the pathway to feel better than “others,” who don’t exist, and always only display a reflection of what you think and believe about yourself.
Even when we reach a certain level of awareness, the annihilation of the ego becomes scary because we don’t realize that all the ego is, is a mental construct.
As Joseph Campbell said,
“The ego is as you think of yourself. You in relation to all the commitments of your life, as you understand them. The self is the whole range of possibilities that you’ve never even thought of. And you’re stuck with your past when you’re stuck with the ego. Because if all you know about yourself is what you found out about yourself, well, that already happened. The self is a whole field of potentialities to come through.”
Sigmud Feud’s psychoanalytical personality and Carl Jung’s definitions of the ego are helpful, as they describe the “hidden” aspects of our mental constructs creating the ego – the super ego, the id, or the collective unconscious, respectively – however, the Truth is simple.
We are who we think we are through subconscious thoughts which create a false sense of identity and continuity. The microcosmic YOU is only a macroscopic, fractal copy of the Infinite Intelligence trying to experience itself.
We can recreate the ‘self’ that we know and make way for the ‘Self’ at any time, but this usually requires a rather large leap from our continuitous experience. Instead of being our memories, we must change the morphic field, to instead create new memories which are then self-reverential. As Rupert Sheldrake once pointed out, things happen because they already have happened that way before. As soon as we stop the ego’s attachment to the previous version of ourselves, we can break free from the seductive, and vitiating shackles of an unrealized Soul.