In spiritual psychology, the term ego refers to STRUCTURES IN THE MIND that trap the Pure Consciousness (Soul, Psyche, Buddha Nature, Jiva, Nephesh). When our consciousness is trapped, there is no true liberation. What does this mean…?? It means that our very existence is ruled by impressions of the world, not by our true selves. It means that there is no freedom to choose, because we are caged inside a program like robots or some computer; and in this program we have been already given certain choices by our ego and its impressions, by our society and its damaging influence, so we must pick from those as we have no choice then. And it means that with your Pure Consciousness trapped by the ego, you are living, existing in a world/roller coaster of suffering and pleasure; and you are tied to Karmic Forces you cannot control, which means that whatever you do you are not free from the sharp pendulum of suffering and attachment.
You might think you are your ego, because that is all you experience on a daily basis–i.e., choices from your ego, opinions from your ego, knowledge from your ego, love views from your ego, suffering from your ego, add infinitum. But the truth is that your mind is a holy temple, thieves, merchants and all types of pollution fill its content, like in John 2:13-17: “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s House into a market!” Jesus was upset that The Sacred Temple of The Father (the human mind) was being polluted and cursed by ignorant merchants (the ego).
The ego is a multiplicity of contradictory psychological elements that we have inside, and are in their sum the “ego.” Each one is also called “an ego” or an “I.” Every ego is a psychological defect that produces suffering. That is why the wise person, The Superior Being in man and woman, seeks to find a stable, reliable, beneficial foundation in their psyche, which is the free, unmodified, Pure Consciousness.
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