reply to post by morf991
It's great you get interested in that stuff. It changes your daily life. You can start reading any Krishnamurti book or New Earth from Eckhart
You meet ego everywhere. It's easier to notice in other people's behaviour and quite hard to lower in your own personality. Basically you can point
out your ego when your start looking at your thoughts.
"Am I really saying this?" "Why do I say that?" "It's a terrible statement!" "Maybe I'm saying it because I've heard it in the past"
When you look at yourself you can see all what's going on through your mind is actually part of the past or future. We always care about what's coming
or what other people think.
This is Ego. The way you confront your own image with old/future images coming from elswhere. Think about it. You almost never think PRESENT. Even
when you see something wonderful you try to compare it with something you know already (past) or something you expect to happen (future).
Understand your ego means understand how Others (society, family, friends, childohood, school, idioms, ...) have shaped you as you are. And when you
start to see that, I mean when you put a mirror in front of your Ego, then it vanishes.
"I really don't dare going out with such an haircut? Why? Because that's not the way other people do? Screw them"
A french statement from Sartre says it all
Hell is Other people
If you think of this in your daily life you'll see how you almost never think by yourself and how you partly are shaped by a collective ego
(mainstream vs self).
Krishnamurti stated as well that you can free yourself from ego when you start hearing the silences between the tic tac of a clock. That means we're
all used to hear the tic tac because it's tic tacing all the time. We're used to it, we don't even pay attention to it anymore.
Same for your life. When you start to hear the silence in your head then you're on the right path because it means your ego is learning to shut up
If you don't pay attention to your ego it will take all the space of your head and you'll be blinded by it. Then you buy a luxury car, need the
hottest dumb wife ever, get the latest crap internet device,... YOU don't really want it, the collective ego incnsciously told you to join him and do
as he does.
Could talk about it all day long so ask questions if you want. I can give you book references as well
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