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Chapter 3: The Core of Ego

It consists of thoughts and emotions, of a bundle of memories you identify with as ‘me and my story,’ of habitual roles you play without knowing it, of collective identifications such as nationality, religion, race, social class, or political allegiance.

The ego places a sense of self, of I, in every thought, memory, viewpoint, and reaction. It gains strength by complaining, criticizing, and resenting people and situations. Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a deficiency so that it can be put right. Instead, the implication is: they should/shouldn’t have done that or this should/shouldn’t be happening. Often the ‘fault’ you perceive isn’t even there; it’s a misinterpretation by a mind conditioned to make itself superior.

People keep grievances alive by retelling the story out loud or in their head. Judging people and situations strengthens the ego. On a collective level, the mindset of ‘we are right and they are wrong’ is deeply entrenched where the conflict between nations, races, religions, or ideologies is long-standing and endemic. Both sides identify with their own ‘story’ and are incapable of seeing another perspective. However, the very Being that you are is Truth. When you are in touch with that dimension, your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within.

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