Table of Contents for Root Meanings

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  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 25 Mar 2024


  • A delusion of separateness.
  • A state of fearfulness based on the belief in separation from THE SUPREME.
  • A state of forgetfulness of true nature.
  • Adherence to the “crazy idea” of separation.
  • Defended idea of self.
  • Defended sense of self.
  • Divinity/God/Source in a state of delusion. Since there is only Divinity/God/Source, it is Divinity/God/Source that has the idea of separation, believes it, and then experiences ego.
  • Hiding from Divinity/God/Source.
  • Hiding from THE SUPREME.
  • Hiding from reality.
  • Hiding from the Truth.
  • Identification with a sense of separate self.
  • Strong attachment to an idea of self.
  • Strong identification with form.
  • Persistent negation of oneness.
  • Persistent negation of reality.
  • Persistent negation of the Truth.
  • Persistent rejection of oneness.
  • Persistent rejection of reality.
  • Persistent rejection of the Truth.
  • Persistent negation of Divinity/God/Source.
  • Persistent negation of THE SUPREME.
  • Persistent rejection of Divinity/God/Source.
  • Persistent rejection of THE SUPREME.
  • Persistent rejection of being Divinity/God/Source.
  • Persistent rejection of being THE SUPREME.
  • Running away from Divinity/God/Source. Running away from THE SUPREME.
  • The habitual pattern of rejecting what is, labeling what seems to be other as “wrong,” and building a life upon the accumulated misperceptions, judgments, and mistaken beliefs regarding reality.
  • Ego does not exist as an entity.
  • Ego is characterized by fearfulness, first and foremost.
  • Ego is insanity.
  • Ego is the “prodigal child.”
  • Fascination with unreality.
  • Fascination with ego is ego.
  • Fixation on ego is ego.
  • In profound clarity there is no ego.
  • Thinking as if ego exists is ego.
  • Willfulness is ego.
  • The we that results from egos coming together is a collective expression of egoicity.
  • There is no need to resolve or heal ego. The only necessity is to recognize that there is no separateness to defend.
  • In Truth, there can be no ego. Ego is unreal.
  • When ego is transcended, conditioning is transcended, density is transcended, and one remembers being Divinity/God/Source unequivocally.
  • Ego is transcended when the existential contraction of shrinking away from Divinity/God/Source is transcended.

What is the nature of ego?

  • Angry
  • Confused
  • Defended
  • Depressed
  • Disempowered
  • Fearful
  • Identified
  • Mistaken
  • Self-centered
  • Traumatized

One pattern of ego is springing into action to do something about a situation or the state of the world. When ego springs into action, it is disempowered rather than empowered, reactive rather than creative. When egoic patterning is activated, it is wise to wait until action arises from wisdom rather than reactivity. When one is clear, it is possible to source and calibrate one’s actions from awakeness.


  • “The truth of ego – for there is truth, even in confusion – is that YOU are, in fact, central to all that is. YOU are the center of attention and the center of the cosmos. All is YOU. There is only YOU beholding YOU.”
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