Ego is the aspect of our personality that covers conscious awareness, behavior, and actions. Sometimes referred to as self-esteem, in everyday use it carries the connotation of self-importance. Essentially it is the “I” part of the self, the public self, while it is directed by, and often in conflict with, conscious and unconscious aspects of the self. There are many psychological and spiritual frameworks for understanding the conscious self, and how gaining that understanding can help deepen the relationship with a higher or larger consciousness outside of ourselves.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Ego Dissolution