Imagine one day waking up to this:
BREAKING NEWS – “Well known for its leadership, direction and often insatiable appetite for attention; worshipped by millions, perhaps billions the world over, the Ego was found dead just a few short hours ago. The cause is unknown. Details are still unfolding. Stay tuned as we follow this shocking and unexpected breaking news story.”
Of course if this were a real scenario, no doubt the mainstream media would report this astounding revelation with stupendous surprise and bewilderment. How could something so central to the human experience; that which has lived at least as long as man himself and was thought to be indestructible, perish in an instant? The bedrock of motivation that has catapulted many from a meager existence of anonymity to exulted states of power and even perceived representations of power – the ego has been the motivator, the initiator, the protector for millennia.
Remember this infamous line from a commercial for Monster.com? “When I grow up – I wanna claw my way up to middle management…” Or this, from the original movie, Wall Street: “The point is, ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word – is good. Greed is right. Greed works…”
Now juxtaposing these two very telling statements that have been ingested by large throngs of television watching and movie going people, you might think that each represents an opposing image of self. That of the parody mirroring the hopeless workforce expecting to achieve mere mediocrity at best, and that of the narcissistic businessman, who takes no pains in paining others for his own personal gain. One will manage survival, the other material excess. And yet, these two archetypes share common features – a tethering to the part of the human physiology and psychology we call the “left brain.”
We know that the brain is a complex organ that still eludes even the best in neuroscience. A numinous and anomalous part of the anatomy, many scientists acknowledge that there is much yet to know about its function and capacity as it relates to the overall structure of the human genome. In my recent article, How To Manifest – Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter, we discussed the discoveries about the energetic frequencies of the heart, generating potency far beyond that of the brain. And yet we also know that heart-brain coherence is a key part of creation on this physical plane, ergo the brain has a starring role in this process as well.
But what happened along the line of man’s evolution that the brain, and in particular that of the left-hemisphere of the brain which is said to house attributes commonly known as “the ego” become strangely over-developed and invariably dominate the whole of the neurological structure and psyche of man?
Many ancient and indigenous traditions recognized that reality is in truth seamless and consciousness is a continuum of experience wherein there is no need and in fact useless to compartmentalize the constituents of the brain. In fact, theirs was about true integration of heart and brain to activate a sensory experience to achieve a purview of the vast spectrum of reality both physical and nonphysical. What ego tends to do is resist this continuum and divorce itself from its partner, the intuition (that aspect that is more naturally linked to the heart). The ego feels it necessary to exert authority over intuition – scolding it for occasionally raising its hand to say “hey, I have a better idea.”