Can we deny the Ego?
Ego is a Latin word meaning "I, and is used in English to mean the "self" or "identity".
The Ego is part of the psychic apparatus defined in Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche, and is the organized, realistic part of the mind that mediates between the desires (id), and critical and moral thought (super-ego).
Ego can be thought of as “the spontaneous identity of an individual to represent (itself)”. Reflection of ego with 'naming' is how we recognise and represent ourselves.
This is reflected in everyday language where ego relates to self-esteem, self-image or self-importance.
The ego is generally accepted as a synonym of self, and often associated with mind and the sense of time, which compulsively thinks in order to be assured of its future existence, rather than simply knowing its own self and the present.
In nondual, mystical, and eastern meditative traditions, individual existence is often described as a kind of illusion. The Sanskrit for ego is ‘Ahamkara’. ‘Aham’ meaning ‘I am’. ‘Kara’ means ‘to do’. Instead of experiencing ‘I’ or Self, we limit our experience to e.g.: I am tall, I am angry, I am a teacher etc. This "sense of doership" or sense of individual existence is that part which believes it is the human being, and believes it must fight for itself in the world, and is ultimately unaware and unconscious of its own true nature. The spiritual goal of many traditions involves the dissolving of the ego, allowing self-knowledge of one's own true nature to become experienced and enacted in the world. This is variously known as Enlightenment, Nirvana, Fana, Presence, and the "Here and Now".
It could be said that, to the extent that the ego is present in an individual, that individual is somewhat insane psychologically, in reference to the ego's nature as compulsively hyper-active and compulsively (and pathologically) self-centred. However, since this is the norm, it goes unrecognised as the source of much that could be classified as insane behaviour in everyday life!
If this interests you then take time out from your usual Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours in the company of other kindred spirits..Entrance is free.
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