First, some quotes from E.T.'s A New Earth (thank you, Eric, for already having snipped these on your website):
I can see where recognition of suffering so one can learn how not to suffer is helpful. "Unawakened" seems to be a label based on a subjective condition. There is no standard for being "awakened."An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state - Page 7
Emphasis added.You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness. - Page 13
So in order for a fundamental change to occur, a situation first needs to arise? For Eckhart Tolle it was his "I can't live with myself anymore"...if one needed to put a label on that moment, is that "awakening"? What of Eckhart's process thereafter? In other words, ego can be the catalyst for that fundamental change. An opportunity for Awareness arises...
Are we labeling that which helps us create a fundamental change...ego? There seems to be a contradiction here. If we are to create a fundamental change, we need to identify what that is, therefore, in this manifested form we have no choice but to label that which is the catalyst of change, ego.When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life - Page 26
Hmmm...Yes, I don't want to take ego (note that Eckhart uses "too") seriously when it leads to suffering and goes against that fundamental change awareness points to....YET...let's consider this:Don't take the ego too seriously - Page 42
If we agree that everything is "God" (or insert your own version of the word here), everything arises from The Source, then it must be that God is ego.
What if Ego is the student and Awareness is Ego's teacher? I say it in this way, because it seems nothing in this world exists without some dependency on something else.
What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? What drives or inspires you to pick up a book titled A New Earth or The Power of Now? Could it be that, at these times, Awareness, through "being" is now playing through ego, the "doing"?No ego can last for long without the need for more. Therefore, wanting keeps the ego alive much more than having. The ego wants to want more than it wants to have. And so the shallow satisfaction of having is always replaced by more wanting. - Page 46
But of course! And we cannot dismiss the Mooji's, Tony Parsons', Eckhart Tolle's of the world here in having their version of ego within themselves....The content of the ego varies from person to person, bu in every ego the same structure operates. - Page 60
Now here is where the feeling of uncomfortable begins. As much as I want to believe "every word Eckhart Tolle says" somewhere in me this "Awareness and ego cannot coexist" does not feel right. Since Ego operates in Tolle as well, I wonder then, that we cannot be total Awareness at all times, and possibly not "everything" said on Awareness should be taken as "the truth" (please let's not argue what the word truth means here. I get the whole discussion behind THAT word). If there wasn't the label of ego, then there'd be no need for the label, Awareness. Awareness needs ego.The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. - Page 64
!!!! - so the quote at the beginning of this post regarding "fundamental change".... if it wasn't for self-enhancement and self-interest (the reason why you are reading and writing on this forum), what job would Awareness have?All egoic motivations are self-enhancement and self-interest, sometimes cleverly disguised, even from the person in whom the ego operates. - Page 98
And there it is!Awareness is the greatest agent for change. - Page 99
If we accept all of god within us, then we must accept that ego is a part of god. I am not wanting to burn up the ego, but "dance with it" as Amit Goswami's writing points to in his book The Visionary Window. Sorry I don't have a page and direct quote of this...If you think about it, this "burning up the ego" IS an egoic thought!Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. - Page 102
Ah,...back to dancing in the dreamtime. There is no shadow without the light behind that shadow.There is the dream, and there is the dreamer of the dream. The dream is a short-lived play of forms. It is the world – relatively real but not absolutely real. Then there is the dreamer, the absolute reality in which the forms come and go. The dreamer is not the person. The person is part of the dream. The dreamer is the substratum in which the dream appears, that which makes the dream possible. It is the absolute behind the relative, the timeless behind time, the consciousness in and behind form. The dreamer is consciousness itself – who you are. - Page 209