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What is the Opposite of Ego?

  1. Jazztizz profile image70
    Jazztizzposted 8 years ago

    I found a list regarding the negative things our "Ego" does.  I went looking for the opposite of "ego" and found the term, "sacred self" -- perfect!  I created a new list showing a more upbeat way of looking at it.

    Ego vs. Sacred Self

    Ego is any instant gratification.
    Our sacred self knows how to delay gratification.

    Ego tells the same adverse story over and over.
    Our sacred self finds lessons in others' stories.

    Ego judges others for their faults or flaws.
    Our sacred self judges no one.

    Ego envies others for their successes.
    Our sacred self rejoices with the success of others and feels their joy fully.

    Ego justifies not going to the gym because it "worked hard all week."
    Our sacred self honors the promises we made to ourselves, despite being tired.

    Ego has a be right/prove a point.
    Our sacred self is not attached to any point of view and can always see another viewpoint.

    Ego loses momentum because it is not �seeing� the results it wants immediately.
    Our sacred self is patient and knows there is a season for everything.

    Ego treats people with disrespect.
    Our sacred self treats people as beloved members of our human family and part of the divine.

    Ego seeks to get love and acceptance.
    Our sacred self seeks to give love and acceptance.

    Ego is self-centered.
    Our sacred self is God- and other-centered.

    Ego is threatened by growth.
    Our sacred self relishes change and new experiences.

    Ego has to get even.
    Our sacred self knows to let it go.

    Ego does not like losing.
    Our sacred self is happy with the outcome, win or lose, and the lesson in every experience.

    Ego likes to fight.
    Our sacred self loves to heal.

    Ego thinks everyone is talking about it.
    Our sacred self trusts in the good of all people.

    Ego is a victim.
    Our sacred self values the lesson in every experience, even those that cause us harm.

    Ego makes excuses for anything and everything.
    Our sacred self takes responsibility for our own actions.

    Ego lives in the past.
    Our sacred self lives in the present and visualizes our beautiful future.

    Ego tries to manipulate a relationship with God.
    Our sacred self cherishes a relationship with God.

    Ego emotionalizes everything, no rationality.
    Our sacred self lets go of attachment, and the emotions it brings.

    Ego loves resentments.
    Our sacred self lets go of all resentment, and the emotions it brings.

    Ego fears of anything that can be feared.
    Our sacred self trusts all that can be trusted.

    Ego focuses on getting lean.
    Our sacred self focuses on getting �clean" -- body, mind and spirit.

    Ego loves intimidation.
    Our sacred self loves compassion.

    Ego loves to hide.
    Our sacred self is open and available.

    Ego blames.
    Our sacred self takes responsibility.

    Ego is reactive.
    Our sacred self is proactive.

    Ego loves comfort zones.
    Our sacred self loves frontiers.

    Ego loves vanity.
    Our sacred self forgets self in service and love of others.

    Ego seeks environments that support all of the above.
    Our sacred self seeks new horizons and knows that growth can often be painful, and that Transformation can often be the most uncomfortable feeling in the world.
       

      Just ask the caterpillar just before his wings burst forth.

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      cosetteposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      this is better than the Ten Commandments, no doubt.

      1. Jazztizz profile image70
        Jazztizzposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That's quite a compliment!  Not sure it's deserved but I do appreciate it.  Thank you!

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        TurnKey Inventposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        JUST JOINED VERY NICE AND VERY LONG. EGO V FAITH BUT WHAT YOU WROTE FITS THE EQUATION

    2. Daniel Carter profile image89
      Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Totally faboo, this!
      Very cool. Thanks, ever so.

      Opposite of ego (when I can calm it down those few fleeting times) is also an awareness that I'm not alone in the universe, and I have a place in it. Don't know what that means, just know how it feels.

    3. Vladimir Uhri profile image61
      Vladimir Uhriposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Great writing.
      I think opposite of ego is human spirit.
      But it just me.

      1. EnglishOpiumEater profile image60
        EnglishOpiumEaterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Our sacred self forgets self in service and love of others.

        Ego seeks environments that support all of the above.
        Our sacred self seeks new horizons and knows that growth can often be painful, and that Transformation can often be the most uncomfortable feeling in the world.
           

          Just ask the caterpillar just before his wings burst forth.



        WHERE IS THIS TALKING CATERPILLAR OF WHICH YOU SPEAK! - I must be more inclusive and start to take animals and plants input more;) - at least I think they have satisfied super egos where their egos would be in a state of fear if they realised what man has done to the earth but it would have to be capable of understanding the whole concept so it then could feel sanctimonious with its SUPER EGO while as I say such an animal as it would have to understand the concept, its EGO would at the same time be afraid of the impending disaster.

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Bliss smile

    5. sripoonam profile image59
      sripoonamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      opposite of ego is belongingness

    6. HowardBThiname profile image89
      HowardBThinameposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The opposite of ego - is death.

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    PirateGirlposted 8 years ago

    That was good, you should have posted it as a short Hub !

  3. Jazztizz profile image70
    Jazztizzposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for your comment.  I'm new at this and thought I had. Oops!  Oh well -- I'll learn. smile

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      PirateGirlposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Just cut and paste it, I like it, its a good read !

  4. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    The opposite of ego is another ego smile

    1. atomswifey profile image60
      atomswifeyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      LOL I liked that misha!
      smile

    2. Jazztizz profile image70
      Jazztizzposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Ah very true! wink

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    I agree with PirateGirl. that'll make a great first hub. Oh and welcome to hubpages!

    1. Jazztizz profile image70
      Jazztizzposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, and thanks for the welcome. smile  Is there any way I can change this to a hub?

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    PirateGirlposted 8 years ago

    Type " what is the opposite of ego " into Google and this is ranked 5th on the 1st page, the power of Hubpages, I am impressed !

    If you had it as a hub it would get the traffic.

    1. Jazztizz profile image70
      Jazztizzposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Wow! I'll do that. I have a lot to learn. Thank you. smile

  7. zadrobi profile image60
    zadrobiposted 8 years ago

    Excellent post! I thoroughly enjoyed it. NOW turn it into a hub! haha

  8. I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image60
    I*n*v*i*c*t*u*sposted 8 years ago

    This is an awesome post!! I hope you copy/paste it into a hub as suggested! Thank you so for sharing! smile

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    \Brenda Scullyposted 8 years ago

    yes should have been a hub

  10. Lady_E profile image82
    Lady_Eposted 8 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this. Lovely.

    As posted, it would make a nice Hub - Just cut, paste and add a Photie.

    I read your first Hub - Sacred Journey.  Short and Sweet. smile

  11. Tom Cornett profile image55
    Tom Cornettposted 8 years ago

    Great work....I loved it!  smile

  12. TToni9 profile image60
    TToni9posted 8 years ago

    Before reading this I thought the opposite of ego is self-loathing.
    Humility is another opposite.  How 'bout shame?
    I understand ego as 'self-preservational' so sacrifice/sacred self is perfect.  TToni9/Pauline

  13. Rik Ravado profile image91
    Rik Ravadoposted 8 years ago

    This is excellent stuff Tizz - I agree with others that it could be the basis of an interesting Hub - well done!

  14. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 8 years ago

    Oge

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      LOL

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    ninahposted 8 years ago

    this would make a great article - thanks for sharing

  16. coyjay profile image69
    coyjayposted 8 years ago

    The Fourth Way teaches that the opposite of ego is Essence.

    coyjay

  17. wavegirl22 profile image45
    wavegirl22posted 7 years ago

    E-veryone

    G-ots

    O-ne

  18. EnglishOpiumEater profile image60
    EnglishOpiumEaterposted 7 years ago

    Ego makes up the human psyche with the 'Id' - the animalistic side of our selves which we some times lose control of eg anger "Monsters in the id" and the 'Super Ego' which is in fact the thing that everyone is describing very poetically under the misnomer 'Ego'. The 'Ego' is how our subconscious reacts, it is our brains "default setting "if you like - which why pop psychology uses it as a catch-all phrase to describe peoples MORAL CODE. Peace. dam iI thought it must be 4:20 by now!

  19. atomswifey profile image60
    atomswifeyposted 7 years ago

    opposite of ego is humbleness
    being humble enough to realize we are but specks in the dust of the universe and God was there to gather up the particles and mold us into the creation we are.

    1. EnglishOpiumEater profile image60
      EnglishOpiumEaterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      To be humble or to show humility is to be modest the opposite would be gregarious or a gregarious show off; the persons ego could still be 'damaged' but hidden (and often is) by a boisterous demeanour (tears of a clown etc)

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    I think of ego as pride, the opposite would be humility. i like your definitions better though.*edit* too late, someone beat me to it

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    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 7 years ago

    A Yugo.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol

      brilliant!

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    A Yugo. ROFLMAO

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    pgrundyposted 7 years ago

    The ego doesn't have an opposite. It's like your computer keyboard and screen. It could seem like the screen and the keyboard ARE the computer but they're just the surface interface.

    The ego is like a computer screen and keyboard that becomes self-aware and starts thinking it's the whole internet.

    But there's no opposite. You still need the keyboard and screen, it's just not worth much without everything else. It's the visible part of a much bigger, much more complicated system.

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      ralwusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      One could relate it also to the carburetor on a 4 stroke engine too, but the governor/humility controls it. One can control ego with humility. I think the keyboard can be controlled also with our mind.

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        pgrundyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I agree. It's worth learning to discipline the mind, but too I think the ego gets beat up sometimes unnecessarily. We all need an ego--we just don't want to let it run the show! smile

  24. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    The ego, or lower self has certain characteristics. For example: jealousy, pettiness, greed, selfishness, competitiveness, vanity, spitefulness, separation, hate, and there are many more.

    The Higher Self has other characteristics. For example: generosity, forgiveness, compassion, selflessness, love, peace, joy, cooperation, unity, understanding, and there are many more.

    In answer to your question, these are more or less opposites, I suppose -  opposite sides of the same coin.

  25. kollegefriend profile image56
    kollegefriendposted 7 years ago

    Ego is part of your character

  26. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    "Enlightenment is your egos biggest disappointment" - Paramahansa Yogananda

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Jai Shri Yogananda Namaha smile

      1. sannyasinman profile image60
        sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Namaste.smile

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    philip carey 61posted 7 years ago

    I think the opposite of ego is enlightenment, as far as these mind-bodies go. I won't go on with my views, but read anything online by "Nisargadatta" for some powerful thoughts on this.

  28. Zelkiiro profile image85
    Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago

    Both "id" and "superego" are pretty good opposites for "ego." The id represents a lack of self-awareness--our "lizard brain," if you will--and is not concerned with any vanity or pride. The superego represents a hyperactive self-awareness--our "morality center," if you will--and is concerned chiefly with others.

  29. brok0de profile image69
    brok0deposted 13 months ago

    Ego in the sense of modern psychology is the human ability to perceive their objective reality. The opposite of the ego would be the absence of the ego, which would be a lack of perceived reality. This essentially means that reality, as humans know it, wouldn't exist.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image24
      Castlepalomaposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I think spiritual would the opposite to ego self and ego group.

 
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