The Age of Reasons:
The Falsity, Fragmentation and Selfishness of Ego

Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., and Stuart Goodnick, Tayu Meditation Teachers
Original date: Thursday, April 15, 2010


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Ego is a name for the agglomeration of psychological mechanisms—the voices in our heads—by which Essential Consciousness seeks to shield the human organism from the inattention, hostility, coercion and violence of the human social universe. By virtue of its fragmentary nature, ego is inherently incomplete and cannot simply rest, cannot simply be. Detached and alone, every discrete trace of ego seeks futilely to justify its separateness. Like a cock on a dunghill, each fragment crows loudly its false claims for attention over all others. The resulting internal cacophony misdirects and distracts us from our responsibilities to ourselves, to others, and to Its Endless Endlessness. The resulting veil of illusion smothers the possibility of compassionate connection and mature action without frantic exertion. Join us for a discussion of the egoic dimension of consciousness, its repetitive span of false reasons, and of the path to freedom from its mechanical compulsions.

Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., and Stuart Goodnick received apprentice and master-level training in the alchemical transformation of human consciousness from Tayu Meditation Center founder Robert Daniel Ennis. Tayu owns and operates Many Rivers Books & Tea.


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