For many years we have been presented with teachings and teachers that offer that the ego is a bad thing or an impediment on the path to greater spiritual awareness and understanding. We have been told that the ego needs to be fought, repressed and even destroyed in order to move to a greater state of happiness and possibility. The ego it seems has been singled out and focused on as one of the biggest problems in the advancement of ones “true” self.
Is this really true?
Might there be a new and much more powerful way of looking at the ego that eliminates the idea of resistance? After all, we also have learned that what you resist persists and that all things have purpose, so why put so much force and resistance against the actions and feelings that come forth as a result of our ego?
Repressing something never completely makes it go away but actually suppresses and hides the real core of the reason it manifested in the first place. Eventually, what has been repressed will surface again to make its truth known. This is the exact case with the ego and may be the reason that so many in the world that have worked from these teachings have had trouble moving to a new, more permanent, state of mind and being. It also may be the main reason their ego keeps creating what they don’t want while simultaneously keeping them from what they truly desire.
In my recently released book on self-awareness, titled I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, I go into great depth explaining the exact purpose of the ego, and how understanding that your ego is always working FOR you can be a major breakthrough on the path to greater self-awareness and self-mastery. What you end up discovering is that your beliefs about who you are (I AM) form the script for your life. Consciously and unconsciously, they define what you believe you are capable of creating.
Your ego is like a dedicated actor or actress that sticks perfectly to the script. Its job is to confirm your script and make it “real” by creating the experience of it in the world. Therefore, you could say your beliefs are like the seeds that contain what you intend to “be” each day. Your ego is the mechanism—an automatic process that occurs from within you—that drives the actions you take that attempt to nurture these seeds into full experience and realization.
From Chapter 6 of I AM: