You've referred to the ego-mind as a ruler, dominating and controlling our consciousness.
Yes, and even a tyrant at times. But with the growth of awareness the dynamic is reversed. Ego-mind relinquishes the reins of power and becomes a servant.
Meaning it's no longer an obstruction to spiritual growth?
It starts losing its claim to our core identity, no longer holds the championship title. As we begin to sense its essential nothingness we stop feeding its claim, stop reinforcing that title, stop letting it demand our energy and grab our attention.
Sounds like burning our bridges. Doesn't ego-mind, this self as we know it or that we identify with, provide us with solid ground in the world?
Well, it can either be an obstacle or a valuable means of expression that serves the claims of our Real Self, our true identity. We begin to realize our dual citizenship, an outer self or personality and an inner path to Self. The outer experiences a self separate from all else, a self that is essentially an imaginary nothing, while our true state is a limitless everything.
But doesn't saying 'wishing to serve your Real Self' and having a 'dual citizenship' perpetuate a sense of duality versus one of Oneness?
One stick, two ends, depends on the viewpoint. Is it One in the many or many in the One? It's more accurate to say that the wish is not ours, that it's the wish of Self awakening to Itself, and that we're drawn to this awakening through love's magnetic power.
Can you elaborate on that?
Such love could provide the kind of energy needed to wipe out our conditioned mind. The fire of that intensity could both remove who we think we are and reveal our true Self. And, no doubt,ego-mind's new status as servant would undergo revisions along the way.