The Developing Ego as the Seat of Localized Awareness
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What “ego” is transcended in post-personal development? What gets transcended, included, preserved, negated? It depends upon how you define ego, and all definitions are not alike. Some definitions are more cognitive, some more identity-focused, and some psychoanalytic. Wilber generally equates ego with self and self-system, from a post-rational perspective, which Joanne claims is nondual. Defining the ego as the seat of localized consciousness (explicit and implicit), and using all of Wilber’s writings as a guide, we can trace changes in the ego’s many executive functions (structure stage development), as well as the relationship of localized consciousness to the formless, objectless consciousness as the Ground of Being (state-stages).