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The Importance of the Ego: Use It Wisely

Updated on February 19, 2013

I quickly counted nine names/nicknames which I hold due to the fact that many people chose to pick their own labels for this Being. Mr. Happy is just one of them; a small slice of what makes-up the Ego of this Being. I think many people often think that they are their body, or that they are whom their parents named them to Be. I tend to disagree: we are Beings first then, we are humans with names and all those other tiny details.

So, I try not to indulge in the Ego too much. Being Egocentric was never a part of this Being, realizing that I am part of everything and everything is a part of I. We are All One, a part of the Source, the Great Spirit: Wakan Tanka. Yet, to disregard the importance of the Ego is also not a part of this Being.

Thus, here I would like to say that the Ego is indeed quite important and should not be neglected, bashed or put on a shelf to collect dust. No, the Ego is as needed as Air, Water, Earth and Fire are needed for this existence. The Spirit manifests and expresses Itself through the Ego, in this three dimensional perspective. The Spirit takes form through the body, it takes shape and recognizes Itself through the Ego (not always and here I am thinking of those who indulge in their Ego so much that they only see Ego and are no longer able to see Spirit even though, Spirit is always there: Spirit We Are).

I do wish I am clear here in explaining what I mean: without incarnation into these bodies, in this three dimensional perspective, the Spirit has no such platform to express Itself. That is how we are All One – we are all Creation from the Great Spirit: we are All Godly or Gods (however You wish to see this point). And We are here in turn, to create and to create Ourselves. Yes, we create Egos and to be perfectly plain: Egos are fine as long as they do not indulge in themselves. As long as the Egos stay humble, respectful, understanding, compassionate and loving: All works well.

The White Wolf, the Mr.Happy, the “Johannes di Silentio” (from Face-book) and so on, they are all alright. They are fun: channels of manifestation for this Being but I try not to indulge in them. I am more than a label or one way of manifestation; more than just incarnation. I remember the White Buffalo (Tim Dove) asking me once if I visited his camp site. “A White Wolf came by my camp site last night and there are no wild White Wolves in Arizona.”

As the Beings we are, we are not restricted to Being in one particular way or another thus, I see no point in indulging in the Ego. The Ego is like a vehicle which we use to get to places, do things, etc. The Ego can change though, like any car can be changed, or mode of transportation. Nonetheless, it is good to have a mode of transportation or other and so, the Ego is good if we use it wisely. No drinking and driving please.

I wish I expressed these flying thoughts as clear as possible. I seek Balance therefore, I encourage people to build a strong but compassionate Ego. An Ego that is impeccable – that would be a decent goal in my opinion: to use the Egos wisely.

I wish everyone well. Cheers!


Note: My photograph, British Columbia, Canada 2011

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Cochran,

      No, I am not that Mr. Happy but now I am curious on the book. Will have to look into it. Thank You for mentioning it.

      All the very best! : )

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment, Shanmarie.

      I am not a psychologist and only briefly studied Freud in university. Thus, I cannot say much on the superego, id and all that.

      Cheers!

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I remember the book, "Mr. Happy", I used to read to my children. Is that you too?

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting. You remind me, though, of psychology. While I'm not a big fan of Freud, this reminds me of the id, the ego, and the superego.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great comment, Mr. Spirit Whisperer!

      I appreciate You taking the time to read this article and leave such an insightful comment.

      All the very best! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      The "I" I THINK I am. The "I" others THINK I am. The "I" I am.

      Right thought leads to right action and builds good character. When thought and action are in harmony and come from love the ego serves us otherwise we serve the ego. This is the benefit of regularly quieting the mind so we get to spend at least a few minutes each day just BEING. We sometimes get used to the background noise in our heads the way people get used to living lose to airplane runways. Getting used to the noise is not the same as stilling the monkey mind but necessary to maintain the balance.

      Another beautiful piece of writing with a very worthwhile message. Thank you.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You as well for taking the time to read and comment, Mrs. Suzettenaples. I am happy You enjoyed the read!

      I thank the Universe for helping out with my writing.

      Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Theresa,

      no need for apologies, I myself have been missing from Hub-pages lately. Busy, busy ... such is Life sometimes. I am always happy to see that You have passed by though. I appreciate it. : )

      "Healthy Balance" ... I like that. Thank You.

      I wish You all the very best!

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting and thought provoking article. I understand completely what you are saying. I agree with you, as long as the Ego doesn't take over and become the sum of what we are, the only thing we are, then we do stay humble and unassuming. I like your thought process and philosophy very much.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Morning White Wolf - My apologies for not visiting in such a long time. This has been a very difficult teaching year for me - I was required to teach a new class, designed by someone else, and things have gone very very badly and has required an enormous investment of time and energy. So I have posted little and sadly, read and commented little.

      You have written on an important issue and expressed clearly that the point is not to let ego run wild, nor to attempt to eliminate ego - both extremes lead to personal, and social disaster. The goal is, as you eloquently stated, to find the healthy balance, where our ego facilitates our life and spirit, rather that destroying them.

      I love this line. I have never seen this particular analogy before and it works perfectly. "The Ego is like a vehicle which we use to get to places, do things, etc. The Ego can change though, like any car can be changed, or mode of transportation. Nonetheless, it is good to have a mode of transportation or other and so, the Ego is good if we use it wisely."

      This was a well-written and useful essay. Sharing of course. I am looking forward to the end of this semester, some family time, trying to grow container vegetables, and hopefully more creativity and HP time in the coming months. I trust that all is well with you. Blessings. Theresa

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings one again Mr. Electro-Denizen,

      (I think I am too much into the comics ... Your name is inclining me to think X-men or something along those lines lol)

      You are quite correct in my opinion though: the ego is a "multi-layered construct, an eg0-construct as it were." I honestly think of this ego situation a little bit like the gun debate. Guns don't kill people, people kill people so it's not about the Ego and it's about how we use it. Of course simplifying things like this is a little off but I really do think it's what You make of it, or with it in this case ... I am really not into putting Egos down all the time. The ones that are with their heads in the clouds, sure. Not all though.

      I like that: "multi-layered construct". Well put.

      Thank You for visiting once again. I enjoy the conversation and I appreciate it.

      All the very best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your visit here as well, Mrs. Genna East.

      I am happy You enjoyed the writing and thank You for taking the time to read and comment.

      Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Amy, "Lady Lancelot" is quite creative! At best, I could only think of Jeanne D'Arc. All good either way, in my opinion.

      May Wakan Tanka walk with You and the Universe listen to your good wishes and allow them to manifest.

      Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

      Hoka-hey!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes Mrs. Ruchira, Johannesburg agrees: knowing when to draw the line is critical.

      I just see this as a very fine line actually (the use of the ego): we can easily become egocentric and full of ourselves, or we can become so passively self-less that we end-up with problems with our self-esteem. The two extremes I suppose.

      Thank You for the read and comment.

      Until again, all the best!

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      Charles 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Mr Happy your hub and subsequent comments have really got me pondering the nature of ego again. I see two viewpoints here. One is where ego is seen as pride, vanity etc, the other is where ego is seen as more of a multi-layered construct, an eg0-construct as it were. I tend to feel the latter is more useful somehow. All manifest existence requires ego. I tend to see vanity, pride and so on, more as an emotional need, rather than anything else, though obviously these things stick to the ego construct. Perhaps I'm being awfully pedantic here.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “As long as the Egos stay humble, respectful, understanding, compassionate and loving: All works well.”

      How very true, Mr. Happy. This travels farther than “the me,” “the us” or others; it also applies to our relationship with nature which so many overlook or take for granted. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. :-)

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      As a human being, I admit to ego, as I do tend to allow myself to bask in the reflection of others. Be it good or bad, I give everyone's thoughts equal consideration. Sligobay nicknamed me "Lady Lancelot" and I love that name. It makes me even more conscious of what I do and how I do things. It is a nickname I strive to live up to. Thank you, Gerry, and thank you, Mr. Happy for motivating my efforts to be a better human being.

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      I agree Johannesburg, ego is an essential element for man kind and his survival. However, we should know when to draw a line...

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Eric Dierker - indeed we cannot and it is not advisable in my opinion to try to rid ourselves of our Ego. Yet, I have met countless of such opinions ... I think of them as suicidal tendencies because as Mr. Electro-Denizen well said: "no ego = no physical body".

      Cheers and thank You for the visit!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry Mr. Happy, I will have to come back and read again and probably again.

      I was relieved when reading. Telling people to rid themselves of Ego seems to miss the point. This engages an obviously powerful part of us, rather than destroying it. It just feels so much more comfortable.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great comment, Mr. Electro-Denizen! Thank You for taking the time to share your thoughts on this topic.

      Namaste. : )

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      Charles 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      that's it, ego bashing doesn't work long term... no ego = no physical body... it's a question of working with all the strange overlays of creation... the Great Being enjoys being everybody...

    working

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