0 pointsIt's interesting to see that I triggered others to read the book, haha! It would seem you made this post after reading the chapter about the Ego, so I think your assessment will change and refine as you continue reading. In particular you may find that psychology and spirituality are closely interlinked, to say the least. In the last paragraph you mention an "actual ego" which seems to relate to Jungs concept of the "true self". Unfortunately Stein covers it only in one of the last chapters. This also relates to the "greater whole". The statement "I am that I am" would be typical for an entity that represents the true self although it overemphazises the term "I" a bit. Also, statements like "All is one, and one is me" or similar could apply. It's the kind of thought that comes about in the "Nirvana-like" state of mind many practitioners (including me) seem to have reached, where Ego and True Self are fused. In your last paragraph, you managed to describe it with striking precision, and again the fact that we all perceive this in a very similar way imo indicates that such a thing really exists for all of us. I'm actually not sure whether Jung's perception implies that there is one true self per each individual Ego, or a single true self as a "greater unified whole" for everybody. The Nirvana concept implies the latter and many spiritual people seem to believe so. But in Stein's book, a unified whole true self is indicated at some points, while individual true selves are at others. To my own interpretation, both may be the case at the same time depending on how you look at it. Imagine our true selves like parts of a fractal which in total represents the whole Multiverse. If you take a closer look to one such part, you'll find that it's of the same structure as the whole thing, as is the nature of a fractal. That pretty much matches my impression: every consciousness represents self and all at the same time, depending how you look on it. Resulting in the paradox statements mentioned above. I see the Ego as a focal point - or, to this end, one out of potentially many focal points - of an associated true self, or as I call it mindscape. To me, a mindscape is a transcendent multiversal structure which exists beyond reality and is attached to a consciousness. This matches Jungs definition of true self and the structure that is called "Nirvana". But I don't second the idea that the Ego would dissolve and vanish into that structure although it might seem that way. In my opinion the Ego is rather made whole yet again, which is again backed by Jung's theories. When it comes to the "unconscious storage" you describe, you will stumble across the Jungian term "collective unconscious". To my great disappointment, this is one of the terms Stein doesn't cover too well. The implicit explanation is that it represents unconscious knowledge that was accumulated through generations and can be accessed by a member of a species (Stein seems to apply it to humans only). But when we look at therians I find it unlikely that such collective unconscious would be limited to a species barrier - it would rather appear that it entails the accumulated knowledge of everything that ever existed. Which inevitably reminds me of @Charias' "spirit-me" which is an entity that seems to record this knowledge like a huge database. I too was fascinated by the fact Jung acknowledges the existence of independent psychic complexes that can not be controlled by the Ego. I think members of plural systems represent Egos that may belong to multiple true selves or to one single true self. All of this gives rise to the question what actually a "human" is. I think the transcendent true self can not ultimately be tagged with a specific species, even if Stein at many points leaves the impression that he applies the concept more or less exclusively to humans (which is something I totally disagree on). So, maybe the structure of the psyche is what defines a human. This thesis is backed by the fact that some psychic complexes described by Stein don't seem to be present or only very weakly present in my psyche, most notably the concept of the anima. I found the way to my True Self without invoking the anima/us complex as it seems.
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