The Ego: An Illusion Pretending to Be Real

In a free market system, regulating corporate greed is absolutely necessary to ensure a fair playing ground. Corporation comes from the root word for corpse. It’s void of life,  a fictional being, as is the ego. It is not in the best interest of the planet to allow greed to run amuck. Just look at Monsanto! I see the too big to fail corporations that have merged with the government as  tyranny born from egotism. And that makes this article all the more interesting to me. I also believe that the ego is what religion has called the devil, and the Gnostics called the demiurge etc. Although this article doesn’t completely focus on all of these aspects, please keep this, and karma,  in mind. The Oneness of the collective “we” depends on our spiritual well being.  That might mean crucifying the ego to be able to ascend to a higher form of humankind. Let’s now try to understand what ego is:

“There’s a guy up there — some hamburger guy — that had his stand burned down last night. But he’s still got a little stuff left, and for you people that still believe that capitalism isn’t that weird, you might want to help him out and buy a couple hamburgers” ~ Wavy Gravy at Woodstock, trying to difuse a situation after the crowd burned down a food stand for jacking up the prices of hot dogs times 5. An example of Altruism trying to hold hands with capitalism?

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“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Although Rousseau was mainly referring to human society as a whole, even 250 years ago he understood that humanity can upgrade itself and live in a golden age by returning to nature and living a balanced life at peace with ourselves and each other. It’s almost hard to believe that, as a result of the ego (something that isn’t even fundamentally real), we can come to a point in our timeline where there is a probable possibility of species self-annihilation, whether by accident or by focused intention by the the most megalomaniacal of minds within our human collective. It’s is a very dangerous way to live and leaves the uncertainty of a bright future, if a future at all, at unsettling heights.

It’s time to finally come to terms with how big of a role the human ego plays in all the social and political issues we see all around us and that affect our daily lives. Putting band-aids on the symptoms will not cure the very deep causes of those symptoms.

Thanks to some wonderful luminaries of humanity, we can upgrade our understanding of what ego is from the rather simplistic Freudian view to a model that allows for more complexity. After all, the universe/multiverse as we understand it, is infinite in nature. Within this infinite reality time is irrelevant…the creation of a highly complex non-entity structure-process that has an illusion-generating nature is not an impossibility. The growth, metamorphosis, and transformation of the energy of Infinity can concoct aspects of Reality (algae, poetry, entheogens, lacrosse, etc.), one of them being of such a high level of sophistication that it has influenced the sentient life cycles of entire species like the human race.

Yes, rather than being an actual entity, the ego is a structure-process that has an illusion-generating nature…something that has been backed by not only thousands of years of personal and direct experiences & eastern philosophies, but also by the study of the nature of Reality and its various aspects through quantum physics and other forward-thinking sciences. Having the understanding of what the ego is in this expanded view can help us understand that whenever the ego exists, we exist in a state of confused perception thanks to the generated illusions it creates. This is why activities such as meditation are helpful in the minimization of the ego’s influence over our lives.

Understanding the Illusion

The powerful emotions of anger, fear, envy, and others can be seen as if they were mechanically following tiny signals…as if there was a switch that was pressed. The illusion is that we are seeing something that is an actual experience within an objective reality. However, the fact is that it is mostly a replay of past experience that is modified a little to fit present circumstances. This replay is recorded again in order to add to the previous memory, which ingrains things even deeper, leading us to have a greater conviction in its real-ness.

The more we experience in this way, the deeper we get stuck in the illusion. This entire time, we stay in a state of confusion where we think that we are basing our actions on experience itself. The delusional ego has made us prisoners of something that isn’t even real.

Take a look at how prevalent this is in older individuals. The older a person gets, the more ‘experienced’ he or she is in this illusion that has essentially entrained the brain to think a certain way. The older a person is, the more sure he or she is that they “know” what they’re doing, making it very difficult for them to think differently or delineate from the path the illusion has trained them to go down. The essence of such a person’s life is now made up of a series of illusions.

Wouldn’t you like to be free?

Wouldn’t you like to be in control of your own life and not have it controlled by something that isn’t even intrinsically real in the first place? You can and you will…if you can over come the great obstacle of fear. This incredibly powerful tool of the ego is a reflex that is set in movement when something that’s identified as very necessary is seen as being threatened. This reflex of fear causes a person to find every possible way of protecting what is felt as being necessary, or it failing this, to create illusions of escape from the approaching danger. In the strong words of physicist David Bohm, “fear confuses, corrodes, and corrupts the mind.”

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About the author:

Paul LendaPaul is a conscious evolution guide, author of “The Creation of a Consciousness Shift“ and co-founder of SHIFT>, a social community focused on anchoring in the new paradigm and assisting the positive transformation of humanity. With the drive to be aware of and experience the wider horizon of Reality, Paul has developed an extensive background in the spiritual and transformative elements of life; one that is both knowledge and experienced-based.

Visit his website shift.is and connect with him on Twitter.

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2 thoughts on “The Ego: An Illusion Pretending to Be Real

  1. I think the author is a little confused about the Freudian concept of ego. Freud conceptualized the ego as a system of mature defense mechanisms to protect us against the destructive effects of intense emotions such as anger and fear. The best example of a mature defense mechanism is empathy. I would argue that we need more empathy in the world, not less.

    I think the problems the author describes aren’t due to ego in the classic sense of the word. I think they relate to the majority of people in industrialized society being blocked from developing mature egos that protect them from being dominated by negative emotions.

    I often have the impression that our educational system and mass media strive to infantalize people to make them into better consumers. By preventing them from becoming mature adults with healthy mature defenses, they perpetuate a situation in which they have knee jerk reactions to advertising and political messaging with heavy emotional overtones.

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    • I agree, and you could be referring to my intro rather than the author’s writing, as the lines kind of blurred there. Sorry. He did state his definition is ”an upgrade of Freud.” I too use the term ego in a less literal way. Here’s 12 quick quotes I relate to when I think of ego:

      1. “Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.”
      ~ W. H. Auden

      2. “The ego constantly competes with the spirit for control over your inner voice.”
      ~ Darren L. Johnson

      3. “What is it in you that brings you to a spiritual teacher in the first place? It’s not the spirit in you, since that is already enlightened, and has no need to seek. No, it is the ego in you that brings you to a teacher.”
      ~ Ken Wilber

      4. “Our ego is our silent partner… too often with a controlling interest.”
      ~ Cullen Hightower

      5. “Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.”
      ~ John Bradshaw

      6.”It is the nature of the ego to take, and the nature of the spirit to share.”
      ~ Proverb

      7. “The foundation of the Buddha’s teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion.”
      ~ Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

      8. “The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.”
      ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

      9. “Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”
      ~ Ram Dass

      10. “The problem is that we have allowed our egos, the part of us which believes that we are separate from God and separate from each other, to dominate our lives.”
      ~ Wayne Dyer

      11. “Anytime there is a struggle between doing what is actually right and doing what seems right, then your ego is interfering with your decision.”
      ~ Darren L. Johnson

      12. “The authentic self is the best part of a human being. It’s the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle.”
      ~ Andrew Cohen

      Thanks for your comment, we definitely need more empathy and love in the world.

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