The intrusive ego. Despite what you see with your eyes, how do you experience the world? I used to buy into the idea of ego, that I had to fight against it. I used to look at the world and everything in it as something outside of myself. But, that is no longer the case.
The ego is a term that defines a state of consciousness, which is different than the dictionary definitions. In my opinion, the ego is a state consisting of a set of beliefs, thoughts, and assumptions about who you are, what you think, or believe, right? If we believe that our ego is getting in the way, in the way of what? Our true selves? The ego is not some alternate identity separate from our true self because there is no separation.
Where Does the Ego Come From
Where did the word ego come from? An individual contemplating their thoughts and coining the term? If I were to sit here, in my chair, as I have done numerous times and observe my thoughts, what would I observe? Perhaps a thought about an event in my life, or a thought about awareness. Maybe I hear God speaking to me. It all comes from the same place, which is awareness. There is no ego. The term may have been created to make sense of why we have the thoughts that we do.
I have no idea if this makes sense, but I’ve realized there is no separation as I’ve awakened. There is no past or future; there is only now. I’m not the first person to recognize that either. Everything exists, so all thoughts, events, and everything exists and can be made manifest at any given time. The ego is thought, just like all other thoughts. If one believes a set of thoughts make up what they define as “the ego,” then that is a state of consciousness. We are moving through unnumbered states all of the time, and all states exist simultaneously. However, one can only occupy one state at any given point in time.
No Ego to Overcome
So, the intrusive ego shouldn’t be considered intrusive at all. The thoughts that arise within us allow us to change our state. As we observe our thoughts and change the ones we do not like, we can start to change or reset our natural state. We do have states that are our natural states, that we consistently reside in (healthy, unhealthy, successful, lacking, happy, depressed, etc.). There is no ego to overcome. There are only states, and within those states are thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions.
Remember that there is only now. If thoughts arise in the now, then observe them. If a thought needs to be changed because it is unlovely or no longer serves you, change it. There is no ego. Don’t take my word for it, though. There is no power outside of self, so the answer is whether this is true or not resides within you.