It separates us from the "whole" by thoughts of I, me, and mine. We believe we are separate from everyone else. The ego mind has self-centered behaviors magnifying the significance of "self". This self does not exist, it is pure illusion. It needs constant maintenance and attention. It's exhausting.
Ego minds believe more in their own created self than in the Creator. This is when the ego becomes the Creator/God. This is where the illusion is born. One believes they stand alone. When they believe they stand alone, they become competitive, fearful, deceitful, angry, prideful, resentment, self-importance, vanity, over-indulgences, self-pity, biased opinions, thoughts of violence, criticism, gossip, greed, controlling and more. These are self-centered behaviors magnifying the significance of "self". This self does not exist, it is pure illusion. To maintain this illusion, they have to continue in these thoughts and behaviors to the detriment of themselves. The true authentic self remains closed of in a shell of its own existence. The self never experiences love and joy as the ego mind has taken over.
The ego mind does not think from the heart. Heart thinking contains wisdom and love, compassion and understanding. These thoughts allow one to experience joy, peace and love in our circumstances and in those around us.
To free ourselves from the ego mind, it takes mental and emotional maturity. We must separate ourselves from the grand illusion of being the only source, of being individual instead of part of the whole. It is similar to an onion. As we remove layers, we find a smaller ego based thought inside.
Persevere as you continue to empty yourself from the confines of the ego. Each removed layer represents a closer journey to emptying yourself and allowing your authentic self to finally breath.
You will see the world with understanding and clarity. We will live a fulfilling life in the present. We will fill our world with compassion, love, peace, understanding and joy.
Thank you for spending your time here.
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