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Ego management: The power of personal grievances April 12, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Ego Management.
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Unless we first take steps to control our ego, our efforts within a personal growth program will amount to little.

That is one inference we can make about the huge influence of the ego, and particularly what Eckhart Tolle calls the ego’s creation, the pain-body, on our overall thinking, actions, and development.

Interpreting Tolle broadly, each person’s pain-body, is a collection of grievances accumulated by the ego (the voice in our head), and this though-accumulation has a pronounced effect on our entire behaviour pattern.

In his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,  Eckhart Tolle observes:

“The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to re-enact the past again and again.”

This can lead to a vast collection by the ego of grievances – a storehouse of real and imagined slights, injustices, and examples of unfairness in our lives.

Welcome to the pain-body.

“The voice will be blaming, accusing, complaining, imagining. And you are totally identified with whatever the voice says, believe all its distorted thoughts. At that point, the addiction to unhappiness has set in,” Tolle says.

How to control or manage the processes of the ego and the ego’s use of the pain-body is one of the main subjects Tolle discusses in A New Earth.

Further reading:

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, A Plume Book, Penguin Books Ltd., A Namaste Publishing Book, 2006, 315 pages