The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment & Other Essentials

The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment & Other Essentials

by Cate Montana


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ISBN-13: 9781501123535
Publisher: Atria/Enliven Books
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,243,137
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cate Montana has a master’s degree in Humanistic Psychology, is an author, screenwriter and, most of all, an intrepid explorer of inner space. A former editor with the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?, her writing focuses on self-realization and the physics of consciousness as well as a global reawakening to feminine heart values and sustainable lifestyles. Author of the memoir Unearthing Venus: My Search For the Woman Within and coauthor of The Heart of the Matter—A Simple Guide To Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper with Dr. Darren Weissman, she lives in the Pacific Northwest. For now.

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The E-Word

  • How can we be here and not wonder at the miracle of existence?

    It all started when my dog ran away.

    Actually, it started a lot earlier than that.

    Like most kids, I asked a ton of questions growing up. “Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to go to school? Why can’t I eat ice cream for dinner?” And answers to questions like that were reliably forthcoming.

    But answers to the really interesting questions like, “Who am I? Why am I here? What is life? What is God? What is death?” went unanswered. I was told there were no answers to such questions, so it was best not to ask.

    Which shut me up temporarily.

    But the questions never went away. As I went about living a “normal” life I just lost track of them for a while.

    I went to school, got a degree, developed a great career in the (at that time) exclusively male bastion of network sports television, got a dog, made money, got married, bought a house with a swimming pool, and then got divorced and sold the house with the swimming pool.

    It was the move from the big house with the big yard in suburbia that did it. What large, self-respecting, half collie, half German shepherd would tolerate a small midtown Atlanta apartment? Apparently not my dog, Merlin. After screaming myself hoarse and plastering his picture on every telephone pole in a two-mile downtown radius, in desperation I finally took a friend’s advice and went to see a psychic.

    A rather plump, matronly woman named Virginia assured me Merlin was okay. “He’s all part of the plan, dear,” she said soothingly. “Don’t worry. He’ll be back in”—she closed her eyes briefly—“eleven more days. Now . . . let’s talk about you.”

    What about me?

    I didn’t care.

    But she wouldn’t back off. As often as I tried to lead the conversation back to my dog, she kept bringing it back to me. Apparently I was not doing what I’d come to planet Earth to do. I was fiddling while Rome burned. I needed to clean up my act. I needed to quit smoking and get a handle on the booze. I needed to exercise. I needed to move back to the country (I’d been raised on a farm). I needed to get in touch with my Higher Self.

    I needed to meditate.


    I paid and left feeling unsettled. I was relieved to hear Merlin would come back. Not that I totally believed it. But the rest? What a load of hooey. And then, after lots more driving around town calling his name, crying, and poster plastering, exactly eleven days later, Merlin came home.

    Hmm . . . how the hell did she know?

    THAT SIMPLE QUESTION OPENED the floodgates. If she’d been right about my dog, what about the rest of what she’d said? It wasn’t like I was actually happy or anything. Network sports television, while exciting and lucrative, was also stressful and exhausting. I hated living in the city. And drinking and smoking, both of which I did a lot, made me feel like crap.

    Why not make a change?

    Within a month I’d found a great condo on the Chattahoochee River next door to a state park north of the city. I bought a kayak and started paddling the river. I hiked with Merlin. I danced. I quit smoking and dropped the hard liquor, diving into an exploration of fine wines instead.

    And I started meditating.

    Why not?

    All I had to do was close my eyes, put my hands in a funny position, and look within. I mean, how hard could it be?


    OKAY. I GOT IT. A crazy person was at the helm.

    A crazy person with a mind that contradicted itself and never shut up and yet had nothing interesting to say. A crazy person who was restless and couldn’t sit still, who felt anxious and nervous over nothing, whose brain couldn’t hold a coherent thought for more than fifteen seconds.

    And why bother trying? My most profound thoughts revolved around sex, food, money, and the latest sitcom plot. What was there to hold on to?

    So much for self-discovery.

    But I persevered. After all, there had to be something in there . . .

    And so every night I sat up in bed and looked within for hours (if I could stay awake) watching the yadda yadda in my brain that was, apparently, the sum total of “me.”

    Talk about depressing. But then, after about six months, something extraordinary happened.

    I’d drifted off to sleep sitting bolt upright (as usual), when suddenly, I was aware of a bright light and high ringing tone all around me. The light got brighter until it was LIGHT. The ringing got louder. The most awesome ocean of LOVE swept through me. I became aware that the light was actually a being.

    I woke up, scrabbling around in my blankets trying to get on my knees to bow down to this being. And yet the light still filled my mind and I could still feel the love and hear the ringing. So I cried out to the being, “Who are you?”

    And the most enormous, gentle tide of laughter rolled through me—laughter that was infinitely loving and very familiar. “You’ll know someday,” came the answer. Not in words. And yet the understanding was crystal clear in my mind.

    Then gradually the light and the ringing presence and the love died away. And I was left, once again, with questions.

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction xiii

    Part I A Little Background … Story

    Chapter 1 Questions 3

    Chapter 2 The Joke 7

    Chapter 3 The Dream of Cate 12

    Chapter 4 Afterward 20

    Part II The Ego Matrix

    Chapter 5 No Joy in Mudville 33

    Chapter 6 Growing Up 42

    Chapter 7 Where We're At 50

    Chapter 8 An Overzealous Assistant 55

    Chapter 8 Who? 62

    Chapter 10 Unity Disguised 69

    Part III Ego Mechanics 101

    Chapter 11 The Ego Makes Its Entrance 81

    Chapter 12 Bodies "R" Us 85

    Chapter 13 How the Ego Is Born, or, Where the Rubber Hits the Road 91

    Chapter 14 I Think, Therefore I Am 100

    Part IV Toward a Transpersonal Understanding of Self and Reality

    Chapter 15 The Nature of Reality 110

    Chapter 16 The Living Universe 120

    Chapter 17 Perception Is … Everything 126

    Chapter 18 Getting It Together 135

    Chapter 19 The Three Minds 144

    Part V The Spiritual Ego and Enlightenment

    Chapter 20 The Spiritual and Religious Ego 154

    Chapter 21 Looking Up 163

    Chapter 22 Extra Baggage 166

    Chapter 23 The Law of Attraction 171

    Chapter 24 The Higher Self 184

    Chapter 25 The Imitation Game 189

    Chapter 26 The Real Deal 195

    Chapter 27 Buddha Nature 201

    Chapter 28 The Grand Design 205

    Acknowledgments 209

    Notes 211

    Suggested Reading 217

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    The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment & Other Essentials 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
    Library_Lover More than 1 year ago
    The E-Word is a fabulous book, filled with wisdom and depth, and yet presented in an approachable tone that makes the reader want to read more and dig deeper into "who am i?”. And best of all, the author offers great insights into actions that each person can take to awaken and evolve. It’s not enough to just think, but to act is where the true awakening is practiced and lived. I recommend this book on the must read this year book list!
    Louise757 More than 1 year ago
    How did we get so wadded up and twisted about what enlightenment is? And what about this ego thing….Hate it? Destroy it? Make friends with it? The big bad monster? If you are stuck somewhere down the rabbit hole this is your lifeline out. Have you ever felt like that cute little hamster running around on the wheel chasing the carrot it will never reach? It will keep chasing it unto its death. How different is that from our desperate search for enlightenment? In comes Cate, (or not Cate!) who peels off the blinders from our upward gazing starry eyes with her new book. With laser clarity, unabashed humor and a deep love for all of creation she topples the sacred cows of spirituality and the myths that have kept us on a wild goose chase for centuries. Personal, profound, real and practical. This is a life-changing, turn your head (and your ego) around book. It’s time to stop chasing the elusive “E’”and live our magnificent lives as the truth of who we really are and have always been. What a relief!