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What to do about your ego?

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Geoff-Allen, Jan 15, 2022 at 3:07 AM.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Greetings all!

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    Here's an article about transcending your ego.

    The ultimate goal of all spiritual practice is to transcend the ego, and awaken to your true Self.

    Throughout human history, many masters and teachers have developed many different ways and methods of approaching the problem – but there is none more direct than self-inquiry.

    Other methods often involve fixing the attention on the breath, or a mantra, a candle flame, etc. But during self-inquiry meditation, the practitioner turns inward, seeking out the essence of the self, the source of awareness, the sense of “I am.”

    To read the full article -

    How To Transcend The Ego Through Self-Inquiry | Zenful Spirit

    Enjoy the rest of your browsing!
     
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  2. Ella S.

    Ella S. Aspiring Alchemist

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    My spiritual practice isn't about transcending the ego or awakening my true Self.
     
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  3. Martin

    Martin Spam, wonderful spam (bloody vikings!)

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    Interesting stuff. For me the question "Who am I?" is too mind-based, like a sort of frustrating koan.
    I find it more productive to move attention down from head to heart, and actually feel that inner presence.
     
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    Martin Spam, wonderful spam (bloody vikings!)

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    Indeed. The article makes a lot of assumptions about the "ultimate goal of all spiritual practice".
     
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    So here's the thing, I can't transcend the ego because I am the ego, nor can any mortal self because they are the ego.

    The trick is to first realize that the I can't in all eternity become anything other than the I, the personal self. Once that is understood, the teaching by masters on the subject can be practiced whereby through the stilling of the mind meditation, the ego temporarily ceases to exist during the time there is no thought, and thus a new self identity begins to develop around the egoless meditative state of mind. In time, self identification with the transcendent egoless state of mind becomes who one is, and the hitherto ego self which self identifies with the body fades away.

    What is the transcendent mind state? It can't be described, cease all thought and it will be revealed!
     
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