Does your ego get in the way, projecting strength and controlling stupidity? What if you put an end to his tricks for good?
Yes, you could.
This is called ego-death, one of the most transcendent experiences. Also known as ego destruction, it can change everything you knew as a person. It can change your whole life.
But what exactly is it?
In order to intentionally experience ego death (without harming living beings), here is a list of things to explain about ego death:
After all, we have lived with the ego for too long. And at this point in our evolution, we need to transcend it so that it no longer serves as our primary guidance system.
What is ego death?
Ego means your conscious mind, aka your self. Therefore, ego death means the dissolution of your sense of identity.
Simply put, it means that you no longer identify with what you know, including your beliefs, opinions, and ideologies as they are now.
You can also see it as ego transcendence or higher consciousness awakening as you transcend your unique self and move towards the Universe (Source, Higher Power, Ground of Being).
But why would a person strive for the dissolution of the ego and the loss of a sense of identity?
It boils down to three polarizing approaches to ego death:
- The spiritual approach states that you must completely let go of your ego in order to become free and fully experience unity consciousness.
- Western psychology views the ego as an individual self. So you have to strengthen your ego to become human.
- Mystical traditions say that you are one with the whole basis of being. You need to rediscover this former and true reality by finding the ultimate Oneness that unites your body with the entire universe.
In accordance with Ken WilberAmerican philosopher and Mindvalley’s teacher Integral life Quest, each of these approaches represents a paradigm that cannot cope with the reality of the other.
“The spiritual approach eliminates the possibility of illusion caused by the shadow aspect of your personality. And psychoanalysis denies the experience of the unity of consciousness as something beyond individual perception,“, he adds.
So should you be chasing ego death or strengthening it?
This is entirely up to you, as there is no single correct answer to this question. And whatever you choose for yourself, you want to make room for everything else.
How to Survive Ego Death
There are several ways to trigger this experience. Basically, anything that puts you in an altered state of consciousness can help you dissolve your ego.
Perhaps one of the most common ways to experience ego death is during psychedelic trips. Studies show that psychedelics are, indeed, closely correlated with ego dissolution.
Here are some other methods to consider:
- Astral projection
- Lucid dreams
- Reading spiritual texts
All these techniques allow you to get a transcendental feeling of oneness with the universe. This sense of oneness cannot coexist with your ego, limited to one individualized self.
In other words, your ego separates you from others. His death entails not only your interconnectedness with all that is, but also the inclusion of other people.
What does ego death feel like?
It feels like you’re tiny in the grand scheme of things. You suddenly realize that you are just a speck of dust in a mighty universe with countless galaxies.
Unlike living in ego space where the world seems to revolve around you, ego death destroys that feeling.
Your ego wants to be important. And at the same time, it forces you to play less than your true potential.
— Jeffrey Allen, Mindvalley’s Energy Healer and Coach Unlocking Transcendence Quest
When you overcome your ego, you feel small but significant enough to play as much as possible to unleash your transcendent potential.
This sense of smallness is very expansive as it expands your perception of yourself beyond your lifetime, even the planet you live on. It’s as if the entire universe lives and breathes with every cell of your being.
You no longer feel separated from the divine. On the contrary, you feel one with the Creator and all creations.
How to achieve ego death through meditation
Meditation it is a spiritual practice of going within. When you are still and present, you can experience heightened states of consciousness.
According to research in Dawson Churchfounder of the National Institute of Integrative Health in the US and coach of Mindvalley’s The mystical brain Quest, when you meditate, your ego shuts down.
Scientifically speaking, the ego is the part of your brain that dwells on negative thoughts and fears. This is called the default mode network.
Studies of Tibetan monks have shown that meditation induces gamma brain waves that are experienced as bliss, creativity, inspiration, integration and unity.
One of the most powerful meditations to achieve spiritual ego death Isha Kriyaa spiritual practice taught by Sadhguru, an Indian yoga guru and Mindvalley’s trainer The Yoga Guide to Joy Quest
‘Isha“means the source of creation and”kria,‘ internal action.
Meditation is very simple: you repeat in your mind, “I am not a body. I’m not even smart”, monitoring your breathing for 12 minutes.
How to do it:
- Sit in a cross-legged position with your spine comfortably straight. If necessary, use the backrest, but not the headrest.
- Performing the kriya facing east has additional benefits.
- Keep your hands on your hips, palms up.
- Raise your face slightly, close your eyes, and hold a soft focus between your eyebrows.
- Inhale and exhale gently, slowly.
- With each breath in your mind, say to yourself:I am not a body.’ The breath should last the entire time of this thought.
- With each exhalation, mentally say to yourself: “I’m not even smart.The exhalation should last the entire time of this thought
- Repeat this for 7-11 minutes.
- Make a soundAh‘ seven times with your mouth wide open, exhaling fully on each sound. Make it loud enough to feel the vibration of the sound. The sound should come from below the navel.
- Sit for 5-6 minutes with your face slightly raised and keep a soft focus between your eyebrows.
The total time for this practice is 12-18 minutes. If you wish, you can sit longer.
Try Sadhguru-guided Isha Kriya Meditation:
How long does Ego death last?
It depends on the ego. But kidding aside, it varies from person to person, depending on the tool or practice that causes ego death.
With the death of the ego, a person realizes that his ego and his ideals do not define him. An objective awareness is born, and the removal of the self from the ego becomes something attainable.
Let’s be clear: ego death is the complete loss of subjective self-identity.
It is absolutely necessary to note that although the death of the ego alludes to the killing of the ego, it is simply the loss of being subject to its “power” over you.
This means that it is not an instant experience. This is the part spiritual awakening and itself a process of loosening the ego’s power over you.
What happens after Ego dies?
In accordance with Michael Beckwithworld-renowned spiritual teacher and coach of Mindvalley’s Mastery of life vision The quest, when you overcome your ego, you wish for everyone to have success, joy, happiness, health and prosperity.
This desire is felt as a burning desire to serve others more than yourself.
He explains that when the ego dominates our perception and actions, the emphasis is on “I,” “mine,” and “mine.” Living with the ego is also known as narcissism, greed and avarice.
In contrast, a life without ego is based on unity, love, and generosity, and these divine qualities begin to guide your perception and actions.
It sounds counterintuitive, but ego death involves less fear. This does not mean that you will get rid of the fear once and for all. Instead, you transmute it into excitement, awe, and enthusiasm.
So, if you’ve lost interest in life, your ego is most likely to blame. And paradoxically, ego death can bring you back to life.
Is there life after the death of the ego? Of course there is, and it’s brighter than before. As Michael Beckwith says, you begin to see life for what it is—eternal and unchanging in your experiences and perceptions of it.
He calls this life “channel consciousness,” the stage where you don’t use your ego to manifest what you want. Instead, you surrender to the divine to express yourself fully and completely.
As mentioned earlier, ego death is a process. And you can start that process by joining Michael on it Master of ideas about lifein Quest.
Ready to be born again and live from a higher consciousness?
You are welcome.