How Consciousness is Affected by the Role of the Ego

The ego is often thought of as a bad thing. And while it can certainly be harmful if left unchecked, the ego can also be a powerful ally in the quest for consciousness. Understanding the difference between egoism and the mind of the ego is essential in learning how to harness the ego’s power for good instead of letting it control your decisions.

 

“The ego lives through comparison. It’s never enough. You’re not good enough; you’re not successful enough; you’re not spiritual enough, beautiful enough, happy enough…The ego is insatiable. You can never do enough, be enough, or have enough.” – Eckhart Tolle

In Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth he discusses the difference between egoism and the mind of ego.

He explains that egoism is “a dysfunctional overidentification with the mental noise,” while the mind of ego is “the aware and discriminating faculty that we all have.” Put, when you allow your ego to control your decisions, you are living in egocentricity. But when you use your mind to guide your choices—being mindful of your thoughts and feelings—you are operating from a place of true consciousness.

According to Tolle, “Egoic thinking…is always based on ‘me’ against somebody or something: I win/they lose; I am right/they are wrong; I am important/they are unimportant.” This way of thinking leads to conflict both within ourselves and with others. We become so focused on being right that we forget to listen and understand where others are coming from. We get wrapped up in our own egos instead of looking at the situation from a place of compassion.

And while it can be difficult to let go of our egos—especially when we’re used to operating from a place of self-importance—it is essential in achieving true consciousness. As Tolle writes, “If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself; if you want to eliminate all wars and conflict, then eliminate war and conflict within yourself; if you really want to change the world and transform society totally, then transform yourself first.” Only by doing our own inner work can we hope to create lasting change in the world around us.

The next time you find yourself in a situation where your ego is running the show, take a step back and ask yourself what would happen if you approached it from a place of mindfulness instead. Would you be able to see things from another perspective? Would you be able to find compassion for those involved? Would you be able to find a solution that everyone could agree on? When we allow ourselves to operate from a place of true consciousness, anything becomes possible.

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I specialize in emotions tied to the feelings of our inner selves, the key to creating and maintaining happiness. I am passionate about helping women and men tune into their inner being and live a life they love.

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