"Behold this vine. I found it a wild tree whose wanton strength had swollen into irregular twigs. But I pruned the plant and it grew tempered in its vain expanse of useless leaves and knotted as you see into these full, clean clusters to repay the hand that wisely wounded it."
Robert Southey

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If anyone would ask me...
Not print-ready, but something to work with, highly subjective:

Persona = [from Latin]: an individual's social facade, a mask.

Self = Individualized Consciousness, YOU, aware in the Presence of Source/Love/God (Consciousness)

Ego = not a 'thing', not an entity, but an (unaware) functioning; a defending of familiarity. A resisting towards change, no matter if nurturing or misery.

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Two types of "me" feelings/identities:

  • Born from below: identified as a separate-self, evaluating and defending life from the doer-ship perspective of the psychological thinking mind; driven by memories and faulty conclusions from the past, stored in the conditioned brain and body. Life is suffering.
  • Born from above: Aware and grounded in the benevolent Presence of Source/Love/God (Consciousness). Understanding the mechanism of suffering and identity. Non-resisting towards intuition and synchronicity in the flow of life.

Kind of, maybe? Please help me to clarify: holger@do-be.me