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As you continue to be more mindful of your thoughts, surroundings and energy, a new-found clarity begins to evolve. Anyone familiar to the practice of meditation probably knows what I am talking about. As you continue to be mindful of the present and mindful of what is going on right now inside your head, you begin to see new intricacies as it relates to the mind.

For me, I have been successful in separating the True Nature within which is my intrinsic, even immortal potential for reaching enlightenment (my life source) and the ego which represents my more crude social existence (my false-self as compared to True Nature). Still, I think there is a discernible third entity in there somewhere.

Sigmund Freud talks about three parts of the mind apparatus in his famous structural model of the psyche. He talks about the Id being the primal, almost instinctual force that is unresponsive to the demands of reality. The ego reacts to the reality principal working to find a mutual compromise with the Id that touches more on realistic needs and not necessary primal needs. The Super Ego aims for perfection incorporating both the Id and Ego and appears to be the voice or mediator between the minds facilities. This is more than likely the root of suffering as the Super Ego can never be fully appeased.

It seems all three modes of apparatus overlap each other to an extent. Further, it is clear that Freud’s model leaves out an important Buddhist principle: True Nature:  Enlightenment and non-duality. Sigmund Freud was not one to mix religion with science but I would offer that Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion.

So where does this leave me? I know there is my ego – through social immersion the ego is a bi-product of society. When you limit the egos power, our true self emerges – the Essence of True Nature. Still, there is an intermediary voice that sometimes pushes and tugs between the two entities. Sometimes this voice is your friend and other times you question if it is looking out for your best interests.  My best analysis for this illusive third entity is that it is an overlapping process of mindfulness that combines the ego and True Nature – it is sort of the front line (the demilitarized zone) in the battle against false self and true self.

It appears the focus is to push beyond the ego which is rooted to unnecessary dogma and social trappings and even push past that imaginary line that separates the mediocre with the sublime and try to live in the present as long as possible – away from fear and fantasy – thoughts of the past and future.  Everyone interprets the mind differently. My interpretation is definitely different from Freud’s as I am adding the facet of True Nature to the equation. You have to ask yourself what is that state of non-duality that exists before our birth and after our death? Energy is our source – we are born from energy and we will die and return to energy.  The facet of energy or True Nature needs to be added to the apparatus of the psyche. Without it, humans would be a real hot mess laden with bad habits and suffering. Oh wait, we are already….

And finally, one has to ask the question: Was Sigmund Freud a happy man or a victim of his Super Ego?

No one said enlightenment was easy…

John C. Bader



Sigmund Freud talked about the ego as part of the psyche that consciously governs the Id, a source of instinctual energy. We often become so entrenched and buried in control patterns (hard-wired behaviors and emotions), that we lose control of our egos. As society molds us, for better or worse, two people emerge from one human. Jekyll and Hyde are a famous literary example of this psychological phenomenon. As I have written before (in The Responsive Universe),  two forces of empowerment determine our behavior and life paths—one sees reality as a true reality which is tied to our True Nature and the other sees a reality laden with layer upon layer of outside influences, masking and clouding our True Nature. The latter force creates an ego that, if unchecked, fosters negative self-esteem. The ego itself, whether good or bad, thrives on ideals, beliefs and laws that determine a perception of the world and life that is larger than the individual. It becomes the governing force  from which we unknowingly base our daily actions.

The ego is born in childhood, and often on the road toward adolescence, it develops bad habits. As a child, the ideals and beliefs that make up that realm beyond us come from others. Nothing is more important than having other peers around who approve of you and what you wear and how you look and speak. We then frame our belief system around this need to be accepted. We carry this pattern with us into adulthood. Have you ever heard the term “keeping up with the Jones’? There is this invisible benchmark that is positioned at unreachable levels. Our role models are celebrities and sports athletes that tend to set the bar so high that as ordinary people, we are set up for failure. Fashion magazines and television programs show us how to look and behave. And, then there is the hypothetical Jones family who lives down the street and the pressure of keeping up with their attractive lifestyle.

How many times have you sat at a stop light and watched the person next to you preen in his or her luxury automobile, basking in the attention you are apparently directing his or her way? What was once a childhood control pattern—being the coolest kid in the eyes of your peers—becomes an unconscious habit later in life. We become ego feeding junkies, so entrenched in what other people see and think, we lose sight of the true being that exists stifled under these false layers of confidence. The ego becomes a runaway train that can only be stopped when you start thinking for yourself and redefine that realm beyond you that determines your self-esteem and subsequent actions. Once we do this, we achieve the first step to self-actualization.

So, how do we confront our egos? Well, you already have taken the first step by simply being aware that you have an ego and it may be in possession of your true nature. Start attaining more clarity in your daily life by being more conscious of your actions. You need to ask yourself where the source of this root action lies. Are you making the choices based on other people’s approval, self gratification or are you making decisions and actions based on unadulterated motives – unselfish and unfettered? By being more aware of the root of our actions and control patterns you will begin to take power from the ego and slowly begin moving toward the power of your True Nature. This is the true progression of a self-evolving human – less ego and false-self and more pure, unfettered actions and reactions rooted in positive energy.

John C. Bader


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