Today’s Current Working Definition of the Ego
The ego, as I understand it today, has no contact with the Spirit or Heaven World, and therefore, to the ego, this world is the only one that is real; the Heaven World does not exist.
The ego is born after birth, usually at around two years of age, when the child hears its first “no”. Its desire is being thwarted, and its mind doesn’t understand, so it searches for a reason.
It cannot fathom that it might be the parent’s fault, because the parent has been its God, its Rescuer, its Protector, so it doesn’t even consider that this is because of the adult.
There is only one other person who could be responsible: me, or the child itself. So, the child says to him/herself, “I must be bad”. And the ego is born. Then, every time the child’s desire, or want, is refused, the child draws the same conclusion: “I am bad.” Or “I am wrong”, as it begins to understand that there is such a thing. Until, or unless, these false beliefs, generated initially by the mind of a 2-year-old, are consciously examined by the Self, the personality will retain each false belief, and act accordingly, creating more and more unnecessary pain and suffering for itself.
If it is not understood, before we die, we will have it explained to us once we get to the Spirit or Heaven World, but this does not happen JUST BECAUSE WE DIE. For those who do not believe in an after- life, they never reach the higher planes of consciousness where the ego dissolves; instead their egos continue to control them on the lower astral planes, that are just above the earth plane. This is why it is so important for each of us to seek to understand the ego, and how it manifests in our lives. It is created, and activated with each negative judgment about incoming information, from one or more of our five senses.