• Ego profoundly impacts your health and happiness for better or worse.

• Ego works to ensure your daily and mortal survival in ways that can lead to suffering.
• Ego has no awareness of itself but you can become aware of what it’s doing to your life.
• Ego has no awareness of God but can negatively impact movement on your spiritual path.
• Ego can be healed by you with ego medicine that can bring this energy into balance.

Over 35 yrs. of working with people in various roles and contexts has taught me that a person’s ego energy exerts a profound, pervasive and relentless influence on the quality of life we are able to live. This influence is reflected in relationships, our ability to love ourselves, how well we achieve and come to know our life’s purpose, our ability to grow our mind—or not, the capacity we have to experience genuine happiness, and our ability to deal with change, adversity, stressors/stress and conflict. When ego energy is healthy and balanced, things go well in each of these key life areas. When it is imbalanced, various degrees of difficulty occur in these mirrors to our life.
Ego ultimately has a positive purpose. It is trying to help you survive in the daily and mortal sense which most would agree is a good thing. Survival efforts being manifested in our thoughts, words, behaviors, emotions, and even physiology as we negotiate the key life areas mentioned earlier. When our ego energy is healthy and balanced, we aren’t just surviving but living—really living in those key life areas. When it’s imbalanced, life is mainly about survival and suffering often becomes its companion. Suffering reflected in many of those key life areas within the words, thoughts, feelings, etc. we resort to in the name of our survival. Often, leading to a journey into more and more mindlessness and spiritual unconsciousness from which it is difficult to awaken.

Ego has no awareness of the energy it is and how it is impacting your life for better or worse. It does not possess an intellectual or intentional capacity—it’s energy. This is completely different from many representations of ego which ascribe an intentional quality. It has a profound purpose—your survival—but does not act with volition. Absent a consciousness containing an intellect and intention, it cannot heal itself where needed. But you can by cultivating your ego consciousness with what I wish to share with you via my trilogy of books written for this purpose—Ego Therapy, EgoSpiritualism, and The Two Voices Within.

Ego has no awareness of God and is not making any direct attempt to impact your spirituality or relationship with God. Absent an intellect it does not know who you are, what God is, or even what it is. Consequently, it is not out to “edge God out.” However, it can have a negative impact upon your spiritual consciousness when ego energy is imbalanced. This imbalance leads to the construction of ego illusions involving: Unworthiness, Inequality, Separation, Sensing All Energy, Disorder and Egoic Control. These illusions really come to the forefront when we are working hard to survive and keep us firmly locked into the “little picture” of earthly life. Blocking us from seeing the big spiritual picture in which we come to fully know the Love, Life, and Energy—God Is and the “Great Gifts” of Life, Creating Life, Eternal Life, and God Within, which anyone who has ever lived have been given.

As I said earlier, you can heal your ego energy where needed. This healing involves using what I refer to as ego medicine. Briefly, it involves: 1) Coming to know what ego is and isn’t, 2) Tuning into your specific ego energy to determine whether imbalance in its power, flexibility, or vulnerability are at work in your life, and 3) Using ego related reality based thinking to replace ego related non-reality based thinking. Each of the books in the trilogy facilitates this healing process so that you can live the Great life you were meant to live!


A person's ego and the nature of this energy has a tremendous impact upon their consciousness--human and spiritual. Unfortunately,  this impact is little known to most people which weakens their ability to be the best version of themselves and live the great life they are meant to live. This article discusses aspects of ego which when better understood can allow it to be our friend rather than an enemy often leading us towards suffering. A friendship laying the foundation for the synergy of our humanity and divinity and becoming who we are meant to be. 


Dr. Nickolas Martin is a licensed psychologist who has worked in clinical, university, public school and private practice settings as a therapist, diagnostician, educator and consultant for 35 years. He authored “Ego Therapy: A Method for Healing Your Whole Self” and co-authored with Rev. Linda M. Martin, “EgoSpiritualism: Awakening to Your Human and Divine Self” and “The Two Voices Within: Balancing the Energies of Ego and Spirit to Enhance Your Life.”









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Comment by Kathy Custren on March 6, 2017 at 10:05pm

Hi, Nickolas - thanks for your article, which is being forwarded to the publishers for use in a future edition. 

If you would like to include an abstract for this (see discussion), please add as a comment below the article. ~ Blessings! 

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