Ego Transcendence

Ego transcendence is a psychological concept describing the state of having gone beyond concern with the self and into a kind of altered state of consciousness where one can perceive reality objectively, without interference from one’s own ego. It is commonly reported during religious or mystic experiences, some psychedelic journeys, and as the results of some intense meditation practices. Some belief traditions see an experience of ego transcendence as an important step on the stage toward spiritual enlightenment.

How Your Mind Works

What is this thing we call “self”? We assemble it ourselves, according to Buddhist psychology. Gaylon Ferguson breaks down the five-step process of ego development.

Integration: Psychedelics, Spirituality and the Ego

Integration has become a buzzword in the world of psychedelics, but there are still questions being asked about what it means to be integrated, who can do it, and how it can be done.

Building a Better Self?

It sounds like a good thing to do, but psychiatrist and Buddhist teacher Mark Epstein says you should resist ego’s endless demands for self-improvement.

Overcoming Ego with the Practice of Chöd

Lama Tsultrim Allione looks at how the traditional Buddhist practice of chöd — offerings one’s own body to frightening demons — can inspire us to let go of ego and practice joyful generosity.

Signs of an Ego Battleship Instead of a Relationship

A real relationship is steeped in an inner knowing of ones’ inherent value. It blooms from well-loved and maintained foundation of self-knowledge, self-respect and clear values.