How to Know If It’s Ego – Free I.D. Kit

I often hear people ask–How can I know if it’s ego? Why do people want to know this? It seems to me it’s so that they can know whether or not to trust a thought, and to take action on it or not.

This is not about ego in the conventional sense of the word, as in someone thinking themselves superior to others. Rather it’s about the distinction between a separate individual, the false idea of who you are (which is where all the problems arise from), and the universal, absolute one Self that all beings are.

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Like gold that has the form of a necklace or a ring, the names and forms are different, but it is all just gold. There is only the One, and each of us is that. Because we don’t know directly who we actually are, we make up conceptual ideas like being a “spiritual being having a human experience,” or of having a “soul” (I could never help but wonder which one I am, and what is the other?) Because our idea of ourself is as a separate being, we have the conceptual idea of separation, and so we have to make up concepts like being “connected,” in order to compensate for the concept of separation. But that’s not real.

We can live a long life with band-aid concepts, all the while deep within there is a nagging sense that something is off… something is …missing.

You may have a temporary good feeling with the ephemeral thought that we are “connected,” but it’s shallow, unsatisfactory, and short-lived. We can live a long life with band-aid concepts, all the while deep within there is a nagging sense that something is off… something is …missing.

And that’s a good thing. It is calling you back to the first error, and to the real, and to Truth. Even the arising of sincere questioning is an indication that things are turning around.

The problem with the question, “Is it ego?” is that it asserts or assumes that the ego is just a thought and/or that ego is something separate from you, which you can therefore separately identify and see. It implies that ego is real, and apart from you. However, ego is a hybrid, it is thought plus you–it is you contracting your powers onto mental objects, which are finite and temporary. It is mistaking yourself for what you are not; fleeting, temporary phenomena. And so we “create” and “re-create” versions of ourselves. None of which are lasting or true.

The most difficult problem is that as long as you don’t know the final reality and Truth about who you are, then ego, or the false self, is practically always present.

Even the one asking the question about ego, is ego–for your true Self would never ask this question.

So is there any point in asking it?

Yes. Because even as the ego is present in apparent ignorance, so are you. You can separate and extract the false phenomena called ego from your Self. As the great sage Ramana Maharshi said, “The I removes the I, and remains the I.”

The question serves as an opportunity to recognize thought as thought, and therefore also to recognize that no thought is who or what you are. It serves to highlight the gap between you and thought. That space and moment is the place where recognition of the final Truth of your real Self can be known.

You can never know your true Self through, with, or as thought, because thought, by its very nature, is narrow and limited, while you are unlimited. You don’t arise in thought. Thought arises within you. How can a thought grasp or contain you?

If you ever merely glimpsed ego, in an instant the phenomenon would dissolve. That’s because like all experiences, it is temporary. It is so ephemeral that it disappears faster than clouds, which you can more easily watch dissipating.

You and the ego cannot knowingly co-exist.

You and the ego cannot knowingly co-exist. If you actually held onto this false idea of yourself long enough to shine the light of Truth upon it, it would self-destruct forever, unable to rise again. That will be the end of separation, the end of self and other–and you’d not even be capable of asking “Is it ego?” because there is no “it,” and no wrong identification, so therefore no separate self (ego) to ask.

Even when it’s a feeling, ego is likely present. To whom does the feeling pertain to? Is there a sense of an individual; a “me, I, mine,” against others or the world?

Asking the question, “Is it ego?” is one way of turning away from the “world” or “other” and turning toward yourself, and doing so creates opportunities to make the greatest discovery a human being could ever make. This discovery will put an end to the nagging existential questions you probably swept under the carpet, like almost everyone else, years ago.

You do have a built-in guidance system for extracting the phenomena of ego, or false self, from your actual, real, absolute, and eternal, Self. The first step is beginning to discern what is ego, and what it is not. So when is it ego? Due to unconsciously not knowing the difference, how can you tell? I’ve put together a quick reference flowchart; an ego identification kit to help you get started.

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