Why Solve problems when the ego still exists?
Imbedded in our mind is an ego that thrives on misery. We create problems for its survival, without our own participation, the ego can’t exist. But it is more complex than that. It is nourished in revolving wheel of constant misery which started in identifications of the mind. From our childhood, the mind gathers impressions that eventually become our conditioning models. We then go around life with these impressions as our constant shadows. Our thoughts and actions are guided by these impressions of the mind that only breed suffering.
Can the ego be dropped?
Whatever is done can also be undone. Getting rid of the ego is no easy task but growing into it wasn’t easy either. The difference between growing into the ego and growing out of it is innocence. When you were young, your innocence made you open to all impressions and hence you unknowingly grew into it. The conditioning in your environment became the very basis for your growth. You were nurtured into it without you realising what was going on. The reverse is true when you are older, you now have to intentionally work backwards to get rid of the impressions from which the mind feeds the ego.
How can we drop the ego?
Meditation is the only tried and tested practice that easily transcends the egotistic mask. This does not mean that other practices such as yoga will not work. It simply means that everyone will have a method or practice that suits their needs. With so many different forms of meditations, one has to wonder where to start, in this ever growing maze. I would recommend to try as many methods as you possibly can to finally settle with what sits with your needs. Because we all sit with our egos in unique individuated ways, we have to find individuated meditations/practices to transcend them. The ego constantly casts a dark shadow on our very existence, we can’t experience life with it. Let us begin to explore!