About what you call a transitional ego; how does it differ from ego-mind, besides in its underlying motivation?
The underlying motivation is all the difference. Ego-mind wants to maintain its power, and the transitional ego, inspired by our urge to awaken, undermines that dominance. And to do so, it would need an independent center, its own orbit of influence.
Any other earmarks?
It would mean not looking for the sort of results that ego-mind usually expects, a not so easy proposition. It would involve sinking from mind's deliberations into heart's knowing. This transitional ego or self would have an awareness, a certainty, that our veil is getting thinned out, that our house is being prepared for the Guest, that Self is aligning with Itself through us.
So ego-mind has to be put in cold storage?
At times so quieted that it dozes off like slumbering dogs no longer howling their songs. Then the space it usually occupies in us is miniaturized, compacted, far less overwhelming, and it can stop claiming it's running the whole show.
And how to go about that quieting?
When heart and mind are focused on awareness more than on thought, on seeing what one is not, on self having an infinite versus limited scope, on the compassion of the Beloved, on the radiance of Self; so many ways on one’s journeying.
What about the rest of the time, actually most of the time in daily life?
Then ego-mind can give us an opportunity to mirror itself to us, a chance to reduce its limitations and to express our deeper self through it as it churns through its routines, giving opportunities to deconstruct bit by bit the pretense of who we think we are.