A short ,sweet look at Egoic Reactions by Brandilyn Tebo
"When you learn to be the witness of your thoughts and emotions, which is an essential
part of being present, you may be surprised when you first become aware of the background
“static” of ordinary unconsciousness and realize how rarely, if ever, you are truly at ease
within yourself. On the level of your thinking, you will find a great deal of resistance in the
form of judgment, discontent, and mental projection away from the Now. On the emotional
level, there will be an undercurrent of unease, tension, boredom, or nervousness. Both are
aspects of the mind in its habitual resistance mode".
From ‘The Power of Now’, Eckhart Tolle
I think for the most part jealous could be classified as a Egoic Reaction..if one recalls being jealous in their past,,then really think about what your mind was doing?,,for example: a young Artist is likely to get jealous if their Art is not favored as another Artist in a contest..the reason is the young Artist hasn't yet acquired a high degree of "self worth yet"...thus is having a egoic reaction,,(the ego is attempting to rationalize the self's-own self worth,yet by being defensive,which is a neg thought!....:"This is why the child's self worth must be nutured starting at birth"
I was taking a nap and bit ago ,I awoke to Leo's voice from Actualized.org,(I often play one of his mp3 audios on ,then fall asleep.lol), today I happened to be playing "how to deal with criticism-trolls-haters".
As I often say to others "download the mp3's for each of Leo's video's,listen to them instead of" T.V", or just while surfing the "Web",often we have to be in the "right state of mind", to hear something,then "grasp it",and it's importance. Today,I heard something,that reflects something about "ego" .some aspect that it very much subconscious,yet very deceiving!,something to very aware of. Also shortly after the part,which enlightened me,he talks about.."doing something Constructively vs. Destructively".
I think this picture ,we all can relate to at times
I personally related to "Jacques Derrida's, "Idea of looking at something,then seeing the "Opposite,or opposing aspect of it",or for example: instead of judging something by " what I don't like about it, is there something constructive or can I gain (growth), by some aspect of it. Many say Derrida's ideas are hard,difficult to understand,yet if I look at is "Works",and keep this in mind,it is most helpful, another point I always keep in mind,when studying Leo's,Plato's,Derrida's and Works of anyone,,I might not completely agree with them,yet is there something "I can Gain from them ".
We must always remember, "Our Ego's are always in there some where,,judging,trying to steer us always from new,unfamilar idea's"
Liberation from the Self
I thought Dr. Mate gave a great talk, in regards to ego, and how it prevents us from finding true self