Well I have a lot of gold stars, and a bleeding ulcer from to much aspirin :P
Much of what you've written in MBT I had recently learned. However your definition of ego was different from mine, and would like to work on that a little more if we could.
My background is in religion, and if you go back to 8,8,88 you'll notice where it began. Up to about a few years ago I was slowly struggling to understand the truth within Christianity. Once you seriously start to dig, with an open mind, you'll begin to have a lot of questions, and doubts about your faith. It culminated one day in utter frustration how others wouldn't bother to deeply look into criticisms, and questions of those who were outside, and within. It was like a sea full of seagulls squawking away as if they new the truth, and all other views were wrong without ever giving them any thought. That day I thought to myself "I will know the truth, and tell them all in such a way that they couldn't deny it" to end their incessant squawking. Shortly there after I got a "download". It dealt with Revelations, which was odd do to the fact it was given up some time before for reasons of escapism. Didn't want anything to do with it for those reasons. Throughout the experience I "heard" two things... "I'm without limit", "killer of ego", or something close to that. "I'm without limit" made sense in that I assumed it was the Holy Spirit identifying who was doing the downloading. Ego however is not something you will find, least I couldn't, in the bible. Eastern religions had more to say about the ego, yet the best I could come up with was "self-importance". It seems to answer where pride, greed, malice, etc. derived from.
The primary reason for buying MBT was to know more about ego. You explained it as a mechanism to protect us from fear. If this is correct, then we need to focus more on ending our fears (as you've said). Yet if ego erects a wall around those fears, how are we to know what they are... other than the monster in the closet? It seems that my ego has made me forget even what they were. For the most part, in the effort of killing the ego, has been in understanding limitations. I call it bias, or more favorably "living inside a box". By knowing my own bias, I can observe things with it, and then without it. It's helped in reducing ego, and removing belief traps. BUT! it seems that I need something more. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
Is there away to know our true intent? Through observation of others, and myself, it became obvious at times that our stated intent wasn't the true intent. For example... Someone asked me for help, I agreed too, and did. Later I needed help, and asked the person who received my help. They, however, didn't, which caused me to be angry, and regretful of ever helping them. If my true intent was help, then I would never expect repayment. Again, is there a way to boost that observation/awareness, or do I just keep picking away at it?
Not sure if this is possible, but there is a desire to be Truth in and of itself. It's not enough to know the truth, but to become the very essence of it. Not only Truth, but also to become Humility, Patients, Love, Forgiveness, Charity, Kindness, etc. They all seem to be one in the same to me, things without pride, greed, ego, etc. Maybe I'm off base, but it seems to be something well worth the effort to do.
Welp, I have a billion questions like do I have "The One", what the heck does Shinoki (Shin-no-key) mean, and how do I become a MAD scientist!? Those I'll figure out later, but do wish to thank you for your efforts in writing MBT. I know it's the next step for me, lets see what becomes of it.