Contrary to popular evangelicals, the Ego is one of the greatest allies you’ll ever have. It’s in how you treat it that makes your life better or worse. It is behind your identity, survival, sense of boundaries and more. Consider this illustration: It also functions as a processor - metabolizing experiences and feeding you data in the form of emotions, knowledge, and memories. That trauma you experienced, yes, the ego plays a part in processing. It’s a part of you.
The problem is when we misinterpret this information as the Identity and seek to protect it, through avoidance, denial, or willful ignorance. Rigidity. We take the Ally, who is meant to be beside us and place it in front of us as a shield. This, is disharmony. The Ego just is. We give the Ego too much of a life it never wanted the responsibility of having. Consider this perspective in this episode.
Scapegoating is humdrum. Change the narrative. Predictability is boring.
People who mystify a lot, sometimes for aesthetic, other times, for profit - tend to speak of Ego Death as this sort of ritual death. Now, let's not suggest that this "Ego Death" isn't significant, because it is. What's happening isn't the death of the Ego, however - but the removal of Ego's placement, from in front of you, to beside you.
In doing this, we don't run to guilt as much, nor do we seek to blame the Ego, who's an innocent ally in this. Ego says, "I Am" - simply put. But while Ego the Ally also processes our experiences, digesting them, and transporting them to you as data (including the digested remains of Trauma - emotions, feelings, and memories), be careful that the "I Am" that you receive ISN'T the trauma, where you're reacting in fear, by grabbing the Ally who's positioned beside you to in front of you.