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Ego Spiritual awakening is about waking up from your ego. It is not about awakening the ego. ~Sampo Kaasila The ultimate freedom from the nonexistent ego is to see that it is actually irrelevant. ~Adyashanti Why aren’t you happy? It’s because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for youself–and there isn’t one. ~Wu Wei Wu No man is free until he is free at the center. When he lets go there, he is free indeed. ~E. Stanley Jones Are you still thinking, looking, living, as from an imaginary phenomenal center? As long as you do that you can never recognize your freedom. ~Wei Wu Wei Ego (is) an illusional sense of selfhood which causes the soul to feel that it is independent–separate from the one field of Consciousness. ~Roy Eugene Davis Ego is the movement of the mind toward objects of perception, in the form of grasping; and, away from objects, in the form of aversion…This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a sense of a separate “me,” and in turn the sense of “me” strengthens itself this way. ~Adyashanti Ego is a slippery fellow, intent on survival at all costs. ~Lama Surya Das What defines the unawake self more than anything else is its total and absolute fascination with itself. ~Adyashanti What we really desire is not the object, because if it were, its possession would eliminate all desire. What is desired is bliss, which exists at all times in myself and everything. The realisation of this bliss was lost to me when I became a separate ego, thereby losing sight of my essential identity with it. ~Jean Klein If you try to win the war with your mind, you’ll be at war forever. ~Arvis Joen Justi To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist. ~Ramana Maharshi I would define the ego as a concept originating from the “I am” experience, pure being without attributes, the absolute certitude we have that we exist. When I conceptualize this experience, I name it “I” or “I am”. There is nothing wrong with the pure concept “I am”. The ego comes in the moment I say “I am this or that”. The “this or that” superimposes a limitation onto something that, up until now, was limitless. ~Francis Lucille Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such ‘spiritual practice’ is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state. ~Ramesh Balsekar In the gradual approach you are bound to the mind. The mind is under the illusion that if it changes, alters, stops, etc., it will be absorbed in what is beyond it. This misconception leads to the most tragic state in which a truth- seeker can find himself: he has bound himself in his own web, a web of the most subtle duality. ~Jean Klein People say “I want peace.” If you remove I {ego}, and your want {desire}, you are left with peace. ~Satya Sai Baba To ask for the omission of your name is as much egoism as to desire its inclusion. ~Ramana Maharshi The world spins, but not around you. ~Jasper Comstock W.A.R stands for “We Are Right!” ~anonymous Being preoccupied with our self-image is like…coming upon a tree of singing birds whlie wearing earplugs. ~Pema Chodron Do not feed your ego and your problems with your attention. Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us. ~Eknath Easwaran As you identify less and less with the “me”, you will be more at ease with everybody and with everything. Do you know why? Because you are no longer afraid of being hurt or not liked. You no longer desire to impress anyone. Can you imagine the relief when you don’t have to impress anybody anymore? Oh, what a relief. Happiness at last! ~Anthony de Mello In order to see, you have to stop being in the middle of the picture. ~Aurobindo Ghose The ego tends to manifest as a powerful urge to be right. ~Derek Lin The entire root of your problem is that you cannot get outside of yourself. ~Francis Fenelon Pride erects a little kingdom of its own, and acts as sovereign of it. ~William Hazlitt It is the ego that has a jarring effect upon life. ~Hazrat Inayat Khan Only the ego makes its own demise seem dramatic. ~Adyashanti No ego, no pain. ~Chien-Ju The more vanity a person has the less sympathy he has for others, for all his attention is given to his own satisfaction, and he is blind toward others. ~Hazrat Inayat Khan Hell is being caught in ego. ~Carl Jung A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick Spiritual pride is the most dangerous and the most arrogant of all sorts of pride. ~Samuel Richardson The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it. ~Ram Dass When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken. ~David Hume My mind was full of the misty fumes of doubt. ~Zora Neale Hurston When you feel the need arise to be defensive about anything, you have identified yourself with an illusion. ~A Course in Miracles The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant assumptions. ~Friedrich Nietzche Wat we pretend to be defending as the “truth” is really our own self-esteem. ~Thomas Merton It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~Harry S. Truman Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. ~Fritz Perls Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. ~Daniel Goleman We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves. ~Kakuzo Okakura When one begins to practice simplicity, the ego is deprived of the very strategy by which it sustains itself. Nothing will deflate the ego more effectively than to be recognized for what it is. It lives by pretension. It dies when the mask is torn away and the stark reality is exposed to the gaze of others. ~Albert E. Day How long will you tread the circling tracks of mind around your little self and petty things? ~Aurobindo Ghose Our ego would rather cling to what is known rather than let go and set itself free. ~Carlos Casteneda I long to escape the prison of my ego and lose myself in you. ~Rumi Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. ~Rumi How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. ~Eckhart Tolle Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together. ~Ram Dass Look at the optimism of nature. Nothing can stop it. Only the ego makes humans pessimistic, and this causes suffering. ~Amma It’s very hard to grow, because it’s difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we’ve invested so heavily. ~Ram Dass You will feel like an onion: skin after skin, subterfuge after subterfuge, is pulled off to find no kernel at the center. Which is the whole point: to find out that the ego is indeed a fake–a wall of defense around a wall of defense … around nothing. ~Ibid When we are empty of ego we, too, can carry on in calm acceptance of life’s varying events. When we cease making prejudicial distinctions–gentle or harsh, beautiful or ugly, good or bad–a peaceful stillness will permeate our mind. If there is no ego, there is no agitation. ~Master Han Shan