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Yet, who is this “me”? Is the “me” actually a unique and separate self? Or is it possible that the “me” we imagine to be the main character in our life’s drama is, itself,  just another story? A story of the Many Me(s) we imagine ourselves to be that is enmeshed in conflicting and multiple narratives and influences? A “me” that we also call the “ego”? 

Part One: The World of  I, Me and Mine


 

  • Audio introduction and discussion. 

 

What is the ego and how does it operate in our lives? 

 

In the West, the use of the word ego is rather imprecise. The meaning, however, tends to cluster around I,  me and my: I want more, my identity, my self-image, my self-esteem (as opposed to you and your: your identity, your self-image, your self-esteem). The ego in the West suggests that each of us is isolated from everyone else in a private and internal space of ego-identity that is unique to each individual and is built of a personal combination of biology and life experience. 

 

In Part One we examine the Western notion of the ego as self-image and identity, concluding with a fifteen minute guided meditation on “me.”

Part Two: Your Many Me(s)

  • Audio introduction, journaling exercise, guided meditation

 

Proceeding from what you learned about the ego in Part One, Part Two of this course explores your own mental model of “me”--the many stories you have told about yourself and the circumstances in which they arose--through journaling and discussion.

 

The stories of the Many Me(s) are the sandy foundation upon which we build a sense of self and they constitute the vantage points from which we encounter the fundamental questions about life.

 

Guided by questions such as “Who am I?” Part Two explores your own Many Me(s) and the claims of the ego.

 

Part Two includes a 15 minute guided meditation.

Part Three: Beyond the Many Me(s) to Just Being

  • Audio introduction, journaling exercise, guided meditation. 

 

The notion of going beyond your ego may awaken a certain fear of abandonment. A sense of rootlessness or anxiety. Yet the spiritual context of the ego is not about flinging yourself forever into some lonely abyss, but about a fundamental recognition of a deeper and non-separate Awareness beyond these mind-created stories of “self” and “other.” 

 

The spiritual notion of Self is an awareness that is not reducible to the activities or identities of the ego. It is an uncaused, undivided, and joyous Awareness to which we can only make inadequate gestures through language and concepts, and which we must meet through the practice of meditation. You cannot think your way into the Self.

 

Rumi says:

 

I want to say words that flame as I say them,

but I keep quiet and do not try

to make both worlds fit in one mouthful.

(“An Egypt That Does Not Exist,” Rumi: The Big Red Book, Coleman Barks, trans.) 

 

The words we use to talk about that awareness beyond the ego--Spirit, Self, Awareness, Consciousness, God--are all just misty and inadequate pointers toward that which is an ineffable experience, not a concept. The Self is not a logical proposition you understand properly one day and then grasp forever. Before we can be present to the Self, we must be present to this moment without being lost in the shifting world of the ego--being in what Ekhart Tolle calls the Now. 

 

But to be in the Now we must gain access to the Self. This is the work of meditation.

 

Part Three explores the spiritual concept of the ego and allows us to begin to understand what it means to orient ourselves to the Self.

 

Part Three includes a fifteen minute guided meditation.

Part Four: iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Private Session: A Supported Deep Dive Within

  • Guided meditation 

 

The iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation private session is a profound one-on-one supported meditation practice. 

 

Now that we have a basic sense of the ego in spirituality, we know better what it means to say that a meditation practice allows us to suspend our preoccupation with the stories and suffering of the ego and to be present--if only for a moment--to the experience of the Self or Awareness. 

 

The foundation of the iRest practice is grounding our everyday experience in that absolute freedom which is the underlying spiritual core of our being. This private session supports the client to explore his or her experience of thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about yourself and the world, while also being connected to a deeper spiritual ground. 

 

This co-meditation session provides an opportunity to recognize the deeper awareness within which we experience the emotional and intellectual comings and goings of our everyday lives.

 

Before beginning Part Four, there is a guided practice to help you to establish what is known in iRest as The Inner Resource. Please practice establishing this Inner Resource daily before our iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Private Session.

Introducing the Ego in Spirituality

Who am I and what do I want from life?

A Four Part Course concluding with a one hour iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Private Session 

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Who am I? 

 

What could be a more fundamental question than this?

 

In this course at Dost Meditation, we will ask these very deep and meaningful questions: “Who am I? What do I want from life?” It is well worth noting that these simple questions make a fundamental and (unstated) assumption: that there is a “me” who is able to conceptualize his or her life as if that life were a novel or a movie. A “me” who is the protagonist in the story of “my life” who is experiencing feelings and emotions, thinking thoughts, imagining a personal history, imagining other people who are other selves with personal histories, acting on deeply-held beliefs, etc... 

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