NoetiTao™ and the Ego

Every religion, every religious philosophy on planet Earth, includes or is based on suppression of the Ego. Eliminating it entirely is the one vision they all share, as if that were possible; of course, it is not. The best that can be achieved is the instilling of fear, guilt, and shame—seedlings for neuroses and psychoses—if not because one has committed volitional offenses against God, then for an Original Sin, the sin of being human—try and weasel out of that one! In Buddhism, desire is deemed the root of all evil. In Christianity it is the “love of money,” on top of being a natural born sinner subjected to the influence of an internal or external Satan plus fallen minions. 

NoetiTao™ is the exception. Ego is good; suppression is not. 

The Holy Bible says we were made in the “image and likeness of God”—a twist-resistant scrap of scripture. The Hermetic saying is: “As above, so below.” The New Testament says it with emphasis on human efficacy: “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” In the Old Testament the revelation came to Moses in a word that translates to: “I am that I am.” Further study of the story of Moses, via the Torah and Zohar, makes it clear that Moses was being told that he had the power within himself to free the slaves from Egypt. Moses came to realize what it means to be the “image and likeness.” Sound blasphemous? Do the homework. 

Sigmund Freud theorized a tripartite psyche/human mind composed of an Id (the “It”), a Superego (the “over-I”), and an Ego (the “I”).  In his theory, the Id has no sense of propriety or Time. As the source of basic human drives focused on experiencing pleasure, the Id corresponds to the concept of “supraconscious” mind—or Carl Jung’s concept of a collective unconscious. The Superego operates in opposition to the Id. It is the source of internal conflict, condescension, confrontation—of contrast and confabulation; it is the Id’s adversary, the inner accuser that bedevils human decision-making. The Ego is the Id’s operational “arm,” the aspect of mind that dreams, shapes, and participates in the ground-zero world of waking consciousness. 

The NoetiTaoist™ perspective is that the Id corresponds to the “I am” that extends Itself from “above.” The Ego corresponds to the “I am” that, “below,” reaches upwards for guidance, insights, and understanding. The Superego does its best to thwart that at-one-ment by darkening the glass between the seemingly two that are actually One. And the religions of this world effectively serve to reinforce that barrier. In his self-awareness, Moses dared to brazenly confront Pharaoh, rally the multitude of slaves, lead the parting of the Red Sea, and that was not the half of it. What an incredible Ego!

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10 Responses to “NoetiTao™ and the Ego”

  1. Stan Q. Says:

    When you say suppression is bad, I take it that you also mean the imposition of restrictions in general… mental harnesses, external mind control, us-versus-them cultural indoctrination and the like?

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:

    NoetiTaoism™ has only one “commandment”: the one often referred to by Christians as the 11th. That one enlightened and enlightening directive is enough because it moots the other ten, and with its acceptance the Bible becomes a book of commentary (and restriction becomes unnecessary).

    “This is my commandment,” said Jesus the Nazarene: “that you love one another even as I have loved you.” The eleventh commandment has eleven words—11:11. Synchronicity? In occultism the number eleven is associated with messages to mankind. This is certainly a master message about Oneness.

  3. Stan Q. Says:

    Isn’t that extremely idealistic? Impossible?

  4. PluribusOne™ Says:

    Absolutely idealistic, and it will take enormous Egos to achieve “mission impossible.”

  5. PeaceTrainer Says:

    Interesting. But it seems to me that the world needs fewer egotistical, road-raging fatheads, not more. I can’t believe this is what you’re promoting, so what might I be missing here?

  6. PluribusOne™ Says:

    A healthy ego is not “egocentric”—not inherently selfish, uncharitable, or similar stereotypical notions. Bad behaviors, like road rage, spousal abuse, and child molestation, are the effect of suppressed egos, damaged egos acting automatically in rebellion to the superego and to the societal structures that support it.

    “Conscience,” as a Freudian term, is usually associated with the superego, which is erroneous unless conscience is mis-conceptualized as judgmental, guilt inducing, narrow-minded, pseudo-awareness—traits that religionists ironically attribute to Evil. Not surprisingly, Freud ruled over the Psychoanalytic Movement the way religious and political leaders typically leverage the inculcation-prone superego.

    Conscience, defined as healthy social awareness, is a function of ego working through the neo-cortex; it operates on intelligence that recognizes the All as parts of the One because the healthy ego communes with the Id through glass less-dimmed.

    Another benefit of the healthy ego is creativity. Creativity expands as the superego is diminished. Intuition, synchronicity, and psychic abilities also increase in the wake of a superego in retreat.

  7. Stan Q. Says:

    Recently I read a book about transcending the ego. It was a used book and the former reader had written the following warning to future readers in the back of the book:

    “With the dissolution of the ego — without a sense of self — the “I” does not feel freedom and happiness, it feels purposeless and lost, trapped in a world of limitations and desiring to leave the body for good.”

    I could not have said it better myself.

  8. PluribusOne™ Says:

    The Hindu philosopher, Ramana Maharshi, said: “This ego, or separate personal identity, is at the root of all suffering in life. Therefore, it is to be destroyed by any means possible. This is Liberation or Enlightenment or Self-realization.”

    The truth, however, is that Source Energy Awareness liberated itself through the creation and indwelling of countless separate entities that engage in endless personal experiences having the potential for a full spectrum of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Mortal life has meaning and purpose. It is not a state of bondage, unless self-awareness is absent. Every human being senses itself as “I Am” and this “I Am” is an intentional extension into physicality of the “I Am” of pure Consciousness.

    Do not blame the Ego for the Super-ego’s imbedding of ideas of limitation. To destroy the Ego, if that were truly possible, would be like junking your car because the wheels are out of alignment and the brakes need adjusting: no car, no need for car repairs.

    All religious cults, and many philosophies, are fear-based. They instill fear and feed fear, all the while claiming to be the one trustworthy way to remove fear. The truth is that the self-aware Ego, the “lower I Am self” can only always trust its direct connection with the “higher I Am self,” the wisdom within. When the two are aligned, there is no anger, fear, or sense of lack.

  9. Alysa Says:

    Have you ever considered including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. However just imagine if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could certainly be one of the very best in its field.

    Great blog!

  10. PluribusOne™ Says:

    Alysa,

    Thank you for taking time to make a thoughtful suggestion.

    At the outset, in January, 2009, it was our plan to create a blog that presented partial but meaningful information, the expanded version of which would be published as a book worthy of publication by a leading publishing house. As part of that plan, we decided to treat images the way many books do: by placing them in a special section and making reference to them in the text. Before committing to that approach, we experimented by placing images into a few posts, but we removed them because the images disrupted the flow of core information.

    The blog represents about 10,000 hours of time to date, which is all the time that has been available to us for this project. Our top priorities are topic selection, research, and writing quality. Images are used only as needed, and we post them as pages accessible via the home page for readers who want the visual data without having to search the internet for it. A PowerPoint sales presentation is also accessible from the home page although, frankly, it is among the most rarely visited items.

    Video clips or video presentations have been considered for inclusion and we still think that this is a good idea, but we have not yet invested the time to develop ones that are content-rich and high quality in every way. We realize that many low-quality videos are among those most visited, but those videos are not serving purposes comparable to ours. High traffic is not near the top of our list of our goals. We are pleased enough, for now, to see that our volume of visits has doubled each year and that 99.9% of our visitors and subscribers appear satisfied with the experience. We attribute that mainly to content quality, effective tags for search engines, and “word-of-mouth.”

    We are always interested in finding ways to improve our effectiveness in sharing information about (1) our philosophy, (2) our system for enhancing perception, (3) our meta-tools that serve to achieve that end, and (4) our applications of the system and tools to various topics and subject areas to demonstrate the efficacy of our philosophy, system, and tools.

    ―Alan

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