A note from my enlightened father, who shared some light with me this morning on the question of "Ego."
The ego is simply the wrong minded, flip side of your right minded essence that wants to exclude so it/you can be separate and "special" rather than one and the same with all that is. Only the ego wants praise and recognition because it sees itself/you as a separate entity. The only way it can make this work, in it's logic, is to make everyone else the enemy. The guilt that this position generates is intolerable so it created "projection" which shifts this felt guilt outside of it's "oneness" creating the perception of "others" so they can be guilty and it/you can be the innocent bystander. This created the world as we see it but it's an illusion. The only thing that's real is God and his created Son which is also not separate but part of the "oneness." That is why anything perceived as a form----- bodies, animals, and all inanimate objects---- are seen incorrectly because all that is, is contained in the inseparable oneness of God. I am on the 16th day of the workbook (Course in Miracles), which i have never done. The truth is----nothing matters at this level of form. We all want to clean up the mess in our perceived world, and it is a complete waste of time. I realize that to actually accept this seems impossible but until we do, we will stay STUCK in this nightmare constantly trying to make it seem bearable. If one could stop running the mental tapes and be totally still,awake, present and aware of only this moment one would see what is real and that is my goal!