The ego wants to run your life. For it to succeed, you need only remain unaware that it exists. Continue to believe that you are entirely your thoughts, your body, and your life situation. Believe that sickness and suffering are inevitable, that the ways you have been victimized and oppressed are inescapable. Continue to convince yourself that permanent joy, love and peace are impossible.
Most people believe that some ego is natural and that it is impossible to completely escape the ego. I have found that it is possible, and fully desirable, to abolish this parasite called the ego. Simply look at it. Watch it. Observe. Know what it is and what it does. When you do this, you will no longer want it.
If you are not ready to do this, you can put these teachings aside for some time. Suffer a bit more. Come back when you want perfect love, joy, happiness, freedom and abundance. Perhaps you still believe that there is something of value to be offered by the ego. Has its guidance brought lasting happiness so far? Has it ever delivered to you what it promises? No, it surely hasn’t, and you are free to choose a different thought system which does deliver.
The ego seeks salvation in external form. But even if you get what you believe will make you happy, it doesn’t work for long. There is always a momentary high followed by depression. On to the next thing, and so on and so on. The ego seeks, but it cannot find.
Why not rid yourself of this parasite? You can choose perfect honesty in your life and the ego will not survive. Or go into the present moment. What problem do you have at this moment? Who is the “I” observing the thoughts in your mind? Or can you love yourself from within? Notice the silence, the stillness, and the beauty within you and surrounding you right now and always.
Congratulations if you have already transcended ego. If not, know that you can lay the ego aside when you are ready—and that it will be gone.