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We can either allow our past to keep interfering with our optimal expression of love and happiness, or we can move beyond our past with renewed passion for life.

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April 10 2012

Ego

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

I'm wondering why the ego exists? I am getting to the point now where I can recognize it reacting and although I have to work on it every day, I do have a way of understanding it which helps bring me back to love, forgiveness and kindness but my question is this... Why does it exist? As we are all made of love, why do we need this separate "thing" which is the ego and always creating a false view of our world?
Response:

The ego exists as a point of reference for our experience. If you did not have an ego, there would be no “I” to experience love, joy, or creativity. Without the focal point of the ego we would not have a sense of individuality. What you are thinking of as the ego is the unawakening ego that identifies with the object of experience instead of the pure awareness within.

Love,
Deepak

Top comments

  • In Jungian psychological terms, the unawakening ego that Dr. Chopra describes is called the undifferentiated ego. It is the ego that has not yet discovered its proper, that is subordinate, position to the Self. Once a person acclimates all the aspects of their psyche, they realize (paradoxically) both their individuality and their connectedness to all things. This realization is what allows the ego to take it`s proper, lesser role in the personality.

    Sarah J Densmore // 2012-04-10 14:29:45 // //
  • Excellent answer! Many people who say "your ego is your enemy" should read this!

    Denise // 2012-04-10 11:28:27 // //

 

 

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  • tiny pharaoh by T.K. Emanue blessed in a ceremony before the Arab Spring greatness his mother`s warmth will bring in twenty years from now this child will change the world somehow wisdom above wisdom below tiny pharaoh

    ravenangel // 2012-04-13 15:28:07 // //
  • I think that the ego is like the pupil of our eye or aperture of a lens, expanding and contracting to allow more sensitivity inward or project a more concentrated, powerful influence outward. To extend the metaphor further, we can become insensitive when we project ourselves so intensely that we feed back on our own reflected impact on the world. Like any physiological addiction, we perceive that only by intensifying the dosage of what is pushing us out of balance, can we bring back our native sensitivity (connection to the totality or Self). Of course, this only reduces our ability to break the habit. I would imagine this correlates to increased reliance on amygdala and prefrontal cortex activity.

    S33light // 2012-04-12 13:11:45 // //
  • Love is LO PHI waves that fall for each other in a polarity dance. Their attraction causes them to implode but the only way they can avoid becoming a black hole is to dance around each other in a golden ratio pattern than allows the waves to turn inside out and wrap its arms around itself in love with itself. This forms a TORUS which is a self sustained living system of energy. We are TORUS`s made in the image of the creator, The Universe, the first Torus. Life is Love. We perceive life and love as light color and music that is not dissonant but crystalline, and eternally flowing. Tell you mind to let go of trying to control everything and see what happens. The real you is not afraid of death or pain because it knows they are a product of fear which is illusion. That does not mean your realities are not real for you. Through love all realities become seen as the illusions they are and even pain can be converted to bliss. Love to you Deepak

    Bliss Weaver // 2012-04-12 12:30:51 // //
  • intuition

    Charms and Crystals UK // 2012-04-12 04:47:10 // //
  • So, the basic question is: Can you `see` the `I`? :)

    drgmathur // 2012-04-12 01:08:03 // //
  • game of life to continue to be played need an action response in the mind. the whole game is either the real self being in charge of the action responses or else mind creates a sense of self (essentially a deficient self) that follows mind rules and responds to life. that`s EGO.

    BIJENDER KHOKHAR // 2012-04-11 14:17:10 // //
  • Hi, Im wondering if there is karma in life? If you do good things for others, nature will give you good back.!? But if you treat people in a bad way for your success, doesn`t nature give 3 times back to you one day in negative karma? How do karma work? Lots of love to all people in our world /David

    David // 2012-04-11 02:31:37 // //
  • how would we know we were made of love, if we didn`t have the polarity? the reflection? the lesson is in it`s process... great question!

    aFreeBird // 2012-04-10 21:23:26 // //
  • Can you teach us more?

    Wendy Wallace // 2012-04-10 18:19:59 // //
  • Sarah, thank you!!!!

    Elissa // 2012-04-10 18:16:05 // //
  • Time for a new philosophy: from Venus to Madonna, to Sophia to Maria!! Something that has been portrayed through art for centuries now. Ladies become aware of your power!!!

    heartphone // 2012-04-10 15:16:55 // //
  • Mostly men say ego is the enemy, they refer to the left side of the brain,some stuck in thinking about how to get rid of it. We women are an undivided whole, we already think holistically from the moment we are born. We are the ones that are pushed into this ego thinking by all the philosophers, scientists, psychiatrists and you name what other male profession. It is high time we stand on our own strong feet. Even Jung talked from his male vision.........

    heartphone // 2012-04-10 15:14:06 // //
  • this is good... and indeed whoever said your ego is your enemy, perhaps consider it`s more like a lost little puppy... it needs you to take charge again, then everyone will be happier, including your ego. i always think of the city of numenor during the stewards reign in tolkien`s "lord of the rings", that`s what happens when you allow your ego to be in charge...

    Chy Tooksilly // 2012-04-10 15:10:57 // //
  • U need a good assurance. an assurance factor..4.10.12

    Orlando Jackson // 2012-04-10 15:01:44 // //
  • Interesting question Mr. Chopra about from a topic very Human and for Me to provocate so much suffer

    César Sánchez Paz // 2012-04-10 14:40:11 // //
  • From what I have learned our egos only become our enemies once we relinquish the `thrown` giving in to material desires and forgetting our true nature. The ego is only supposed to be a steward is it not? It is supposed to be a servant to us, with our guidance allowing us to experience life as an individual. Thinking that it is the ruler and ruling without guidance, it is fooled just as much as we are, isn`t it? That`s how we come to think of life as a real thing and not simply a dream. At least this is what I`m thinking, I could be wrong.

    livinright lovinglife // 2012-04-10 14:37:19 // //
  • From what I have learned our egos only become our enemies once we relinquish the `thrown` giving in to material desires and forgetting our true nature. The ego is only supposed to be a steward is it not? It is supposed to be a servant to us, with our guidance allowing us to experience life as an individual. Thinking that it is the ruler and ruling without guidance, it is fooled just as much as we are, isn`t it? That`s how we come to think of life as a real thing and not simply a dream. At least this is what I`m thinking, I could be wrong.

    Livinright Lovinlife // 2012-04-10 14:35:27 // //
  • In Jungian psychological terms, the unawakening ego that Dr. Chopra describes is called the undifferentiated ego. It is the ego that has not yet discovered its proper, that is subordinate, position to the Self. Once a person acclimates all the aspects of their psyche, they realize (paradoxically) both their individuality and their connectedness to all things. This realization is what allows the ego to take it`s proper, lesser role in the personality.

    Sarah J Densmore // 2012-04-10 14:29:45 // //
  • No"thing" still a thing?

    Hildegarde Follon // 2012-04-10 14:11:41 // //
  • Ego = separation :(

    Lorrie Sardinia // 2012-04-10 14:08:45 // //
  • The ego exists for our entertainment, appreciation of absurdity and to remind us to let go often!

    Brian Alman // 2012-04-10 14:06:38 // //
  • As Freud originally intended the concept, the Ego was to balance between Basic `Id` impulses to fulfill psychic urges for instant gratification, and the Super Ego of Society`s moral dictates. It has been distorted to mean the materialistic side of the human psyche.

    Jay Adair Clark // 2012-04-10 14:04:48 // //
  • So true...if we just love..pure and simple, the world would be a better place

    June Griffith // 2012-04-10 14:03:24 // //
  • Excellent answer! Many people who say "your ego is your enemy" should read this!

    Denise // 2012-04-10 11:28:27 // //