In traditional psychology, the "ego" is defined as: that portion of the human personality which is experienced as the “self” or “I” and is in contact with the external world through perception. Thought of in terms of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, self-image.
In spirituality, the "ego" is the idea of “I”, who you believe yourself to be. It's all the beliefs you carry about who you think are – your personality, your worth, your abilities, your opinions, your perception, the things you value, the things you think you need to be happy or make you unhappy. It is our thoughts.
Most people think of ego as someone who is full of themselves, selfish, lacks empathy, or narcissistic.
Ego, in spirituality is the subconscious belief that we are our thoughts, beliefs, body, emotions, feelings, human existence that we see in the mirror, or the perception of self though the judgement and opinions of others.
he ego creates the things we want, the expectations of how the future should look or how others should behave. It creates the need to be right and others wrong, it creates the negative scenarios in our mind and the opinions of things that we experience.
Once we get to know what ego is and how to apply that knowledge about the ego in our daily life, magical things can happen to us.
Being aware of the ego, or "mindfulness" allows us to see through the veil that prevents us from living an authentic life as the spiritual beings that we are.
It allows us to be free from pain and suffering.
It allows us to let go of limiting beliefs and fears.
It allows us to love freely without conditions or judgement.
It allows us to BE who we were meant to BE.
It allows us to let go of attachment, codependency, and the need to control the situation.
The ego is made up of all of the things we think we are. But spiritually, we are all the same, a soul with a body and a mind. It is the ego that creates the identity.
When you meet someone for the first time and introduce yourself, all of the things you use to describe yourself is the ego. The things given to you or assigned to you at birth, the roles you play, the job you have, the picture of yourself that you see in your mind when you think "who am I."
It is the ego that tells us that we are not worthy of love, that we are stupid, that we are not good enough, it is that inner critic that always creates the negative scenarios that keep us from growing outside of our comfort zones and living up to our full potential.
It is not easy to let go of the ego, but the more aware and conscious we become, the more our lives improve. Listen to your intuition, your heart, your higher self... not your ego.