As I see it, the ego consists of three distinct layers:
- Layer 1: The Personal Story
- Layer 2: The Personality
- Layer 3: The Ego Barrier
If you seek enlightenment, rather than trying to “drop the ego” all at once, it is much simpler to shed the ego by transcending its individual layers one at a time:
- To move from Mortal to Soul, transcend your Personal Story.
- To move from Soul to Radiance, transcend your Personality.
- To move from Radiance to Oneness, transcend the Ego Barrier.
Though each of these layers may feel like they are a part of you… they are not. They’re just mental fluff and conditioning, nothing more.
PS: Transcend doesn’t mean fix, or drop. By transcend I mean to see past it, to dis-identify with it, to distance yourself from it. See your Story, Personality, and Ego Barrier in the same way as you see any other Horton: not you, just another mental image.