We know the ego is responsible for leading our reaction or response, for other people’s actions directed towards us and us towards others. But understanding and having knowledge of what the ego is and how it leads us to act, allows us to facilitate, communicate and change our actions in more positive and appropriate ways.
To understand the ego and how the ego operates is to understand ourselves better. The ego helps us distinguish what is occurring in our own mind from what is occurring in the external world. It is perhaps the single most important function, because negotiating with the outside world requires us to perceive and understand our world around us.
That’s fine to a point. We can grow through the ego both mentally and physically, because the ego is there to initially help us understand and make sense of the world, but we mustn’t be completely reliant on it, because eventually it will start to work against us. The ego will work against us when we fail to pay attention to ourselves and continue to answer to the ego.
It is important we let go of the ego and learn to rely on ourselves instead. There is a life beyond the ego. It is only when we venture away overcoming the inherent resistance to separate ourselves from the ego that we recognise there is a life beyond the ego.
A life away from the ego is not to be feared, but to be embraced. Working without our ego allows us to see and understand that we can show being grateful and thankful through our own free will, through the universe. The universe doesn’t look for appreciation, acknowledgment and compliments and neither should we.
It’s selfless acts that come from us to support everyone and everything that exists around us, through things like empathy, compassion, patience, understanding and tolerance. When we let go of the ego, we will go beyond the ego’s perceptions and start embracing our own.
Freeing ourselves from our ego will free us from aversion, dislikes, repugnance, antipathy and opposition that is usually the source of our suffering, unhappiness and restlessness, which all come from the ego. It’s time to let go.