ego is not only the unobserved mind, the voice in the
head which pretends to be you, but also the unobserved
emotions that are the body’s reaction to what
the voice in the head is saying.
have already seen what kind of thinking the egoic voice
engages in most of the time and the dysfunction inherent
in the structure of its thought processes, regardless
of content. This
dysfunctional thinking is what the body reacts to with
negative emotion. The voice in the head tells a story
that the body believes in and reacts to.
reactions are emotions. The
emotions, in turn, feed back to the thoughts that created
the emotion in the first place. This is the vicious
circle between unexamined thoughts and emotions, giving
rise to emotional thinking and emotional story-making.
emotional component of the ego differs from person to
person. In some egos, it is greater than in others.
Thoughts that trigger emotional responses in the body
may sometimes come so fast that before the mind has
had time to voice them, the body has already responded
with an emotion, and the emotion has turned into a reaction.
thoughts exist at a preverbal stage and could be called
unspoken, unconscious assumptions. They
have their origin in a person’s past conditioning,
usually from early childhood. “People cannot be
trusted” would be an example of such an unconscious
assumption in a person whose primordial relationships,
that is to say, with parents or siblings, were not supportive
and did not inspire trust. Here
are a few more common unconscious assumptions.
and appreciates me.
I need to fight to survive.
There is never enough money.
Life always lets you down.
I don’t deserve abundance.
I don’t deserve love.
assumptions create emotions in the body which in turn
generate mind activity and/or instant reactions. In
this way, they create your personal reality.
voice of the ego continuously disrupts the body’s
natural state of well-being. Almost every human body
is under a great deal of strain and stress, not because
it is threatened by some external factor but from within
the mind. The body has an ego attached to it, and it
cannot but respond to all the dysfunctional thought
patterns that make up the ego. Thus, a stream of negative
emotion accompanies the stream of incessant and compulsive
What is a negative
emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with
its balance and harmonious functioning.
anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or
intense dislike, jealousy, envy—all disrupt the
energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the
immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and
mainstream medicine, although it knows very little about
how the ego operates yet, is beginning to recognize
the connection between negative emotional states and
An emotion that does harm to the body also infects the
people you come into contact with and indirectly, through
a process of chain reaction, countless others you never