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Ego comes about through a split in the human psyche in which identity spreads into two parts that we could call ‘I’ and ‘me’ or ‘me’ and ‘myself.’ Every ego is therefore schizophrenic, to use the word in its popular meaning of split personality. You live with a mental image of yourself, a conceptual self that you have a relationship with. Life itself becomes conceptualized and separated from who you are when you speak of ‘my life.’
The moment you say or think ‘my life’ and believe in what you are saying (rather than it just being a linguistic conversation), you have entered the realm of delusion. If there is such a thing as ‘my life’ it follows that I and life are two separate things, and so I can also lose my life, my imaginary treasured possession.
Death becomes a seeming reality and a threat. Words and concepts split life into separate segments that have no reality in themselves. We could even say that the notion ‘my life’ is the original delusion of separateness, the source of ego. If I and life are two, if I am separate from life, then I am separate from all things, all beings, all people.
But how could I be separate from life? What ‘I’ could there be apart from life, apart from Being? It is utterly impossible. so there is no such thing as ‘my life,’ and I don’t have a life. I am life. I and life are one. It cannot be otherwise.
So how could I lose my life? How can I lose something that I don’t have in the first place? How can I lose something that I Am? It is impossible."