Chapter 3 - The Egoic Self

The mind is incessantly looking for food for thought; it is looking for food for its identity, its sense of self. This is how the ego comes into existence and continuously re-creates itself.

When you think or speak about yourself, when you say “I,” this is normally referring to “me and my story.” This is the “I” of your likes and dislikes, fears and desires—the “I” that is never satisfied for long. It is a mind-made sense of who you are, conditioned by the past and seeking to find its fulfilment in the future. This is the ego.

Almost every ego contains an element of a “victim identity.” Some have such a strong victim identity that it becomes the core of their ego, and resentment and grievances form an essential part of their sense of self.

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