I am writing this and hope others join in as it's a real main topic for the spiritual path is the blinking ego. What I have learned is the ego is made up from our beliefs in life we have gained from our experiences. If an experience was bad it will gain a belief that will try and protect us from experiencing that again to protect us so to speak. It will also seize good experiences, achievements, spiritual experiences etc. and will claim them for itself, so these experiences will if you don't recognize what the ego is up to feed it and make it stronger.
I am going to open up here a bit to all that read this as I thought my ego was doing well ha ha, guess again... When I joined AC I will say it was quite a turbulent time with many conflicting with each others views, and disagreements getting quite hostile on times. I tried to stay out of it and just observe but when I thought all I was watching was ego and hostility I got dragged in. What I didn't realize was it was my ego dragging me in and I was forming judgments too so also acting from a place of ego (shame lol).
We all have opinions in life we do, it's normal but something I have learnt and is true to me, if we really clash with an aspect of someones personality it is an aspect that we should look at in ourselves too. If we can't agree to disagree in a detached way than there is something going on that needs looking at deep within ourselves. Any deep emotions are generally ego driven, as is a lack of humility and a lack of forgiveness. So I would now like to be humble enough to say a REAL sorry to any I judged on AC. That is not who I AM generally but I would like to thank you mind for being part of a good lesson that I have learnt, and for being a vessel in some real self growth that can only benefit my path to be fair. So much love, light and respect to you ALL.