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: 10 Apr 2023


  • A dysfunctional pattern of self-obsession that is present to varying degrees in all unenlightened beings.
  • An extreme manifestation of ego, which serves to illuminate the nature of ego (fearful, confused, defended, depressed, traumatized, self-centered, etc.).
  • When strongly present, narcissism is considered to be pathological. However, even subtle expressions of the pattern are sufficient to turn heaven into hell.
  • The evolutionary value of narcissism is helping humanity to see its own patterns of self-centeredness and dysfunctional tendencies.
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