As described in Part III of "Human Energy Systems" (click
here), there is an aspect of consciousness that sits
in the heart chakra of most karmic beings called the "Core
Veil". It is this veil that creates the basic sense of "I",
which is the primary vehicle for ego and all of its separateness
Because the root cause of suffering is a persistent sense
of separation from Source, and the ego exists solely as
an expression of that separation, one's suffering and one's
ego are inextricably linked. Therefore, the end of suffering
must ultimately involve the dissolution of the ego.
But what does it mean to "dissolve the ego"?
First of all, we need to know what we're talking about.
By "ego," I don't mean your personality, your
mind, or your survival instinct. What I mean by "ego"
is your sense of individual identity, the way in which we
tend to believe that we are what we are merely experiencing.
For instance, right now you are experiencing a human body,
but the ego will distort that experience by believing "I
am this body." By identifying with your body,
you are distancing yourself from your true identity - Source
- which has no body. It is that distance that causes you
to suffer. As human beings, we identify with countless things
such as thoughts, beliefs, emotions, happy experiences,
painful experiences, families, tribes, nations, careers,
etc. Some people try to get around this by actively trying
to identify with Source, because they know that That is
their essential, truest Self; but this would be a mistake.
You don't have to identify with what you are, you
simply are whatever that is. Even identifying with what
you actually are creates an artificial distance between
you and You.
So the ego game is all about identityThe only
thing the ego needs to survive is to create a believable
story about what it is, some identity that can survive a
fair amount of scrutiny. Of course, because all identification
is ultimately a lie (remember, you are what you are, regardless
of identity), the only way the ego can survive is by avoiding
too much scrutiny, because upon deep enough examination,
all identifications are seen for the illusion that they
are, which ends the game of smoke-and-mirrors that the ego
plays in its desperate bid for survival.
Therefore, dissolving the ego means examining all of your
identities deeply and profoundly enough to see them for
what they really are. Each identity that you drop can be
considered a mini-Awakening; and when you have dropped the
most basic, fundamental identitythe very sense of
"I" that is the foundation for all egoic thinkingyour
own dreaming human consciousness will experience a fundamental
What that looks and feels like is completely individual.
You may feel tremendous relief, liberation, or bliss; or
you may feel disappointment, anger, fear, or perhaps nothing
at all. Everybody reacts differently, and it usually takes
time for the personality to fully integrate such a fundamental
shift in consciousness. But such integration does come,
and as you embody that Awakening, you start to see the unity
of all creation, the "sameness" that permeates
all the universe's diverse shapes, lives, and other forms.
The suffering that informed your sense of identity dies
along with that identity, and life takes on a whole new
tone of peace and freedom. (For a more complete article
on Awakening, please click here.)