A conscious decision to observe
The human mind is a fusion between ego identification and one’s true nature. An amalgam of random concepts and ideas, repetitive karmic thought patterns, and emotions, all of which are consciously followed with limited beliefs “programmed” since birth.
Scientifically, the mind is a formless set of cognitive faculties including imagination, perception, thinking, judgment, language, and memory. The ego is the mind’s identity, a false construction of self.
In other words, one’s mind can’t be controlled, it can’t be manipulated, it can however be Observed. Cultivating awareness, one can “stand outside” one’s mind as if watching it. The “watching part” sometimes called “the Observing Self”, is somehow detached from emotions and sense perception and can “see” one’s thoughts and actions with some impartial objectivity.
"We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become."
DAVID R. HAWKINS
POWER OF BELIEF
Our thoughts, if we think them constantly, and assign truth to them, become beliefs, and our beliefs create our existence. If we take all the beliefs of what we are, beliefs about our personality, talents, and abilities, we have the structure of our ego. Beliefs are also mental representations of the way our mind expects things from our environment to behave, and how things should relate to each other.
A belief by itself is just a thought, a simple idea. We can pick up the idea or drop it in a moment without any problem. It's literally a matter of consciously choosing so by shifting the attention from that to the present moment.
THE EGO MIND
Ego is the mind’s identification with a constructed false self, a blend of beliefs and concepts designed to falsely enhance one’s idea of Self. If we take all the beliefs about one’s personality, talents, and abilities, one can clearly see the artificial structure of the ego.
When looking deeply into what forms the ego, instead of condemning it, we can see, out of innocence, that is what we believed at the time and that just like all the rest, is also a part of the consciousness itself. Discovering your true Self, which thrives on awareness by observing one’s reality, implies discovering and seeing how the ego mind actually thrives on fear, desires and judgment.