The mind ‘is’ the ego … it does not ‘have’ an ego.
It ‘is’ the false-self-identity most call ‘me’. It is a fiction made up from conditioning [attachments, expectations and identifications tied to memory (past) and imagination (future)] … none of which exists in Reality. It comes into temporary existence as a result of ‘thought’ which in turn arises due to the belief in ‘separation’. Separation is impossible since there ‘is’ only the ONE SELF [by any name].
The SELF brought the universe and all that is within it into existence as a believable illusion or dream ‘within’ IT/YOUR SELF so that IT could step into it and taste, savor and know IT SELF, which in ITs/YOUR True state is Emptiness with infinite potential. It is also known as Silence, and this is why practices such as meditation can bring about temporary moments of Truth [the SELF].
However, in order for this natural REAL state to be remembered as Who YOU Really Are as an unbroken, seamless experience … the ego/false self/conditioning must be gone totally. For this Self Inquiry/Surrender is the direct route.
SELF DISCOVERY AND SELF INQUIRY: A Handbook for the Pathless-Path to Freedom https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YKCHFP3
BOOKS by John McIntosh