The guiding intention for this book is to make a contribution to the processes of self-recovery and self-realization—and to make these processes more user-friendly and more potent. Many people, the author himself included, are susceptible to the hidden inner forces of endarkenment, and can become caught in nasty, self-destructive cycles of confusion, self-doubt, and self-hatred—all while in the process of doing good, honest work on their inner lives.
The managers of these forces—our egos—stealthily do their work, too often to the complete blindness of their hosts. Most people don’t know what an ego actually is, how it does its job within its host, or think they don’t have an ego, that they just have a “me,” and are just “being myself.” In fact, this unawareness is a sign that their ego is doing a very good job. For the ego to do its job well, it must stay in stealth mode…as “the ghost in our machinery.”
Ego: The Ghost in Your Machinery seeks to make our egos visible. It provides methods for separating from our ego’s grip. It also offers tested methods for accessing the powerful source of our own true, trustworthy, and wise inner guidance, referred to as our Truthplace. The Truthplace is the source of the moment-to-moment conscious unfolding of our true nature.
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About the Author
In his organizational consulting practice, EgoMechanics Inc., he trains teams in a method of group communication that creates and sustains high team performance and team integrity. He has trained executive teams in this method in organizations, such as Disney Corporation, American Airlines, Sony Music Corporation, and International Creative Management Company, as well as numerous rock and roll bands, including Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and REM.
Lou has been married for 54 years to his wife, Fran, with whom he co-wrote a previous book entitled A Conscious Life: Cultivating the Seven Qualities of Authentic Adulthood. He has three adult children and six grandchildren.
Learn more about Lou at www.egomechanics.com.
Table of Contents
Section One: My Ego and My Self
Chapter One: What Do You Think An Ego Is? 19
Chapter Two: A Job Description of the Ego 35
Chapter Three: Does This Map Of The Ego Fit Your Experience? 57
Chapter Four: The Ego’s Reinforcement/Reward Team 82
Chapter Five: How Are You Doing In Your Ego’s Eyes? 100
Chapter Six: The Ego’s Enforcement/Punishment Team 133
Chapter Seven: Seeing The Fearsome Threesome At Work Within 153
Section Two: My Truthplace and My Self
Chapter Eight: Using Personal Awareness to Expand
Beyond the Grip of the Ego 195
Chapter Nine: What Do I See Inside Me With
My Personal Awareness? 208
Chapter Ten: The Truthplace 234
Chapter Eleven: Living From The Truthplace 248
Chapter Twelve: On Pain, Pleasure, Safety, and Wellbeing 252
Chapter Thirteen: Can We Be With Each Other
Safely And Courageously? 261
Chapter Fourteen: Resource Document 274
Chapter Fifteen: Living In a Two-Sided Inner World 286
Appendix A – Resources 305
Appendix B – The Ego: Classifications And Types 308