Some of Tom's comments under Part 3:
Question: Tom you said that the ego always defend itself finding no problems with itself. But there too is the possibility of an ego who is blaming itself all the time. This could happen to a person who grew up in a religous setting believing that living out its freedom is sin. Could you say something about this kind of situation. It would be interesting to hear you talking about this kind of ego state.
Tom: You are correct. The ego that is blaming itself all the time is, in some ways, even more dysfunctional than the defending ego because the negative feedback it generates is difficult to notice since it is often more internal than external, which simply feeds the problem rather than exposing it.
Question: Looks like we can watch the ego do its dance like we are a witness to our feelings and thoughts moving in and out. So, if you are watching it you cant be it. I guess there is a freedom to dance with the ego or to ignore it. Maybe Tom you can chip in and tell us if I am wrong here.
Tom: Yes, it is possible to live without fear, and thus, to live without ego. Ego, a product of fear, is the driving force of de-evolution not existence. Ego is awareness in the service of fear. Without fear, your awareness is in the service of love. This definition of ego is almost exactly like Freud's. What Freud saw in all of his subjects and named "ego" was awareness in the service of fear. What he saw in some of his subjects and named "super ego" was awareness in the service of love. Everything lying beyond his subjects awareness because it was hidden by fear, was called the sub-consciousness. The "Id" primarily lived in the sub-consciousness.