The concept of the Ego has been misunderstood
One of Jung’s prime concepts in psycholgoy of the Human mind is individuation, his term for a process of personal development that involves establishing a connection between the ego and the self.
According to Jung, the ego is the center of consciousness; the self is the center of the total psyche, including both the conscious and the unconscious. For Jung, there is constant interplay between the two. They are not separate but are two aspects of a single system. Individuation is the process of developing wholeness by integrating all the various parts of the psyche.
I would say that there is no connection between the Self and the Ego. The Ego is the entire self, and the self is the whole of Ego. Why? Let’s examine what is the self? What is to be an individual? What Is An Individual? I always praise and talk about the dignity of the individual. For the individual is the only thing that matters. But let us examine today … what is an individual? What does it mean to be indivisible? How can you be a total and complete individual without any division even within yourself?
To be an individual is to be completely and totally whole. There must be no division between yourself in order for you to be an individual. An individual is indivisible. It cannot be divided further.
Gentlemen like Freud and Jung, spiritual gurus and psychologists tell us that there is the Higher Self, the Lower Self, the Self, the Ego, the Anima, the Animus, the Subconscious, the Unconscious and the Conscious. They categorize and divide the individual, which is indivisible, and we poor saps not knowing our own minds any better readily and greedily accept answers from others.
Jung’s analysis of human nature includes investigations of Eastern and Western religions, alchemy, parapsychology, and mythology.
My observations are only into the mind. I don’t look at the Eastern mind, or the Western mind. I want to know the Human mind. So I look. When I want to know something, I look at it. I look at it without screens full of images I have about it. I look at it without prejudice, without condemnation, without judgment, without motivation and without the ideation of any sort of an outcome of comprehension.
The Ego is nothing more than an Archetype
Each of the major structures of the personality is also an archetype. These structures include the ego, the persona, the shadow, the anima (in men), the animus (in women), and the self.
The archetypes themselves are forms, without content of their own, that serve to organize or channel psychological material of the individual’s own field of psychology.
The Ego As Whole of Existence
The ego is the center of consciousness and the whole of existence; one of the major archetypes constructed by the Quantum Serpents of Thought. The ego provides a sense of consistency, permanence, and direction in our conscious lives. I really dislike using the term ego. It’s th self. It’s thought. It’s all of this. It’s difficult to capture in English.
Deeper than that, ego is the survival mechanism of the organism. In monkeys with an inner consciousness, this survival is not only physical but spiritual, mental, emotional and perceptual. It tends to oppose whatever might threaten this fragile consistency of consciousness and tries to convince us that we must always consciously plan and analyze our experiences. However in analysis we have the analyzer and the thing to be analyzed, therefore division and therefore conflict.
According to Jung, the psyche at first consists only of the unconscious. Similar to Freud’s view, Jung’s ego arises from the unconscious and brings together various experiences and memories, developing the division between unconscious and conscious. There are no unconscious elements in the ego, only conscious contents derived from personal experience. We are led to believe that the ego is the central element of the psyche, and we come to ignore the other half of the psyche, the unconscious.
The ego is constantly building structures for survival, not only in the physical realm but also in the world of the inner consciousness. Through observation we can be explicitly aware of the conscious mind, the unconscious mind, and the sub-conscious mind. Through observation we can note that there is no connection.
The Ego is the Self. The Self is the Ego. The Ego is survival in the conscious mind. The Self is the totality of it all. There is no connection or disconnection. All of this is the totality of the contents of your consciousness, which is you. There can be no division within the individual.
Ego is the complete and total individual. Individual. Indivisible. A total and whole being. A complete entity that exists without division and cannot be divided.
Ego is you. You are Ego. You can’t kill yourself. You can only ever become aware of yourself. And through this awareness a natural understanding is born. And a mind that understands itself exists without choice. Choice is the product of a profoundly confused mind. A mind that knows what it wants and needs, a mind that is completely aware of the entire and total content of its consciousness doesn’t have to choose. It knows.
When a mind is free of choice, the ego no longer continues to endlessly build structures within the mind.