Originally posted by tracer7
amazing thread. I battle MY ego on a daily basis...(cut)
You can battle your ego if you wish. But there is a better way. Withhold new energy from it and the ego will wilt away and go back to it's more basic state. By battling it, you give it new energy from your awareness, and in the battling, you just empower it more.
When your ego re-acts just be aware of what is happening. Don't enable it, nor fight it. The ego is just re-acting, acting again in a way it has always acted, acting with the past stored energy and thoughts from within itself. Just allow it. After you get used to that, Allow the energy, Without the story.
We can react from the ego. Or respond from conscious awareness.
The ego is a valuable tool to our existence. It's not to be killed, just put in it's place. You couldn't drive to McDonalds and get lunch without the million innate unconscious decisions your ego is making.
The challenge is multi-fold though with the ego. Most people think they are the ego; e.g. I am my thoughts, I am what I do, I am separate from everything else. They don't realize yet that they are conscious awareness at their core. And most people are slaves to the reactions of their ego, not knowing any better, anger begetting anger etc.
The first step for everyone is to see it. The mind is part of the ego. You can observe your thoughts going on in your head. For the most part, this is usually a split within the ego. The little me ego observing the unconscious ego. Behind that, there is you as you are: Conscious Awareness connected to Source Spirit able to observe the mind/ego/persona. (Eckhart Tolle is a master teacher at this. And ChannelHigherSelf on Youtube is really good as well)