We are mostly unaware of the fact that we have ideas about ourselves, and that these concepts are entirely memory-based, and that they comprise a mnemonic veil through which we view the world.
The sole work of the inner journey is the removal of obstacles. First among these is the small clutch of ideas we hold about ourselves. William Blake called these mental concepts “mind-forg’d manacles.”
We cultivate many ideas about how things should be. And, most especially, about how we should be. These mental concepts are antagonists. They’re best gotten rid of.
Men maintain a stable of ideas about themselves: ‘I am this,’ ‘I am that.’ These ideas are confinements. They do not facilitate our development; they prevent it. They keep us from ourselves.
The ego is who I think I am.
Who am I? Nobody in particular.