I’ve been reading Wayne Dyer’s companion book to “The Shift” movie in dribs and drabs and, while I’m enjoying it, I’ve also been noticing how much of the discussion is about ego. And he talks about ego as if it’s something to be eradicated. His view is one I’ve seen in many places. In Huna, I encountered a rather different idea about ego and I like it much better.
Huna considers us to have three levels of being. Serge King calls them ku (unconscious), lono (conscious/mind) and kane (higher consciousness).* Ku’s characteristics are very close to those of ego as described by many sources. It adds a little more omniscience and is known for controlling the physical, but otherwise quite similar.
In this philosophy ku is considered to be the level that looks out for you and tries to make sense of the world and create a set of rules for life. Ku always wants to move in the direction of what’s best for you or what will feel the best. However, ku develops its basic view of the world based on your early life when your caretakers control life and death over you.
Whatever they do that threatens or frightens, whatever negative beliefs and admonitions they hold, ku takes all of that in, develops your belief system based on those experiences, and then runs your life by that system. But ku’s main function is always to choose the path of greater happiness.
So if you talk to ku and work with him/her, you can change the original set of beliefs and get ku to work with you on creating a new reality. Show ku your vision of happiness if you released an issue or got the job or … and ask ku to remember its mission to move you toward the greater happiness.
Explain to ku with kindness how grateful you are for the service she/he has always tried to offer and ask ku to take on new beliefs that will serve adult you better. I love this way of acknowledging a level of myself that’s always going to be part of me and, instead of treating it like a demon needing an exorcism, to work with my unconscious to create a new belief system.
I mentioned recently that I’m seeing a lot of the thinking of Judeo-Christian institutions permeating New Age/New Thought thinking and this tendency to characterize ego as evil is an example. When I read these discussions in which ego is spoken of as if it’s some outside agent of the devil, I feel as if I’ve wandered into the church’s world of black and white and good and evil.
I think ego is just part of you, doing the best it can to keep you safe. And more than willing to listen to you and work with you on changing course. If you can save your infected toe or your weak heart you’d do it without a blink. Why would you be willing to try to stomp out your ego? It’s part of you.
*The typical words used in Huna are longer, but King likes to keep things short and simple and I like his easy-to-remember names. The concepts are exactly the same as in any other discussion of the three levels. (i.e. a rose by any other name…)