Session Focus: Transcend 2.0
To transcend the ego, or achieve “ego-death,” has become sort of a chase down the rabbit hole. We’d like to clarify what this work means, and how it’s unique and applicable for everyone. If we think of our ego as a set of rigid beliefs or constructs we hold strongly about ourselves and the world around us, then we might notice our ego is not good or bad, it just is. Through neuroplastic therapy, we can neurologically open up the rigidity of our thoughts and try to align our ego in harmony, but the ego will always be part of the human experience.
Fraud describes the ego as a way of balancing our carnal, innate desires (the id) with our moral and societal compass (the superego). If our thoughts and behaviors are not aligned with our heart, we feel conflicted.
TRANSCEND EXERCISE: Ego-Actualization
Ego-Actualization is the process of understanding our guiding motivations, experiencing what it is like without these rigid constructs, and then reprogramming the beliefs that guide our life. Ketamine therapy helps us to understand what life might feel like from a different perspective. We often encompass a feeling of connectedness that feels different from our normal ego-centric view of life. Take some time to journal about this concept of the ego, and encourage yourself to open up and consider that we can change our beliefs, especially if they are not serving us.
Journal Prompts: Ego-Awareness
• How do you self-identity? What led to these descriptions of yourself? Are you happy with the way you describe yourself? • What are the convictions you hold most strongly? Explore the beliefs you feel nobody can convince you to understand an alternative perspective.
• What makes you most upset? If you really explore the moral, ethical, or even logical reasons this upsets you, why does it upset you, perhaps more than someone else?
• If you had unlimited resources, what charity, cause or foundation would you want to support or cultivate? Why is this mission so important to you, perhaps more than others?
• Are there aspects of your life you hold on to and dedicate more energy than you’d like? Are you ready to let go of some of these strong beliefs or at least balance the focus to other parts of your life?
Journal Prompts: Ego-Dissolution
• Is there an area of your life you tend to be stubborn about? What would happen if you were a little more flexible in this area? What opportunities would arise?
• What do you feel connected to in the world? (family, nature, career, spirituality, craft, etc) What do you want to feel more connected to?
• If you got out of your own way, what could you learn about the world? What would you do differently? How would you approach life in a way that fills you with passion and excitement?
• Hypothetically, if you could change places with a non human life form, what would you choose? How would life feel different from this perspective? What would be more important to you than it is now? What would be less important to you than it is now?
Journal Prompts: Ego-Reemergence
• Are there beliefs that don’t serve you? What alternative beliefs would you rather bring your attention to?
• What do you want to dedicate most of your thoughts, actions, and overall energy to? If you dedicated more attention there, what opportunities would that provide for the people in your life?
• What is your highest self? If you could be your true, authentic, best self with no external stressors or internal pressures, what would you produce for the world?
• How do you want to be remembered when it’s all said and done? What legacy do you want to leave behind? How do you want your loved ones to describe you?
Giving to others is the quickest path towards fulfillment. If you’ve continued this far, you’ve done at least 8 sessions, and we’re hopeful you’ve noticed major improvement so far. As you feel better, your ability to make others feel better will create a self-sustaining source of energy and empowerment. Prioritize being of service to others, and in doing so, you nourish yourself, and contribute to a net positive in the world as well. If we all sought to give more than we take, imagine the universal abundance we could all share.
• Share your mental health journey with someone who needs the motivation
• Focus on acknowledging others for their admirable traits
• Being of service within your sphere of impact
TRANSCEND EXERCISE: Share Your Mental Health Journey
Think about someone in your life who you care about that might need to hear some optimism. Maybe they know that you’ve been having a hard time. Perhaps they are having a hard time too. Write a letter to them describing your journey and the steps you’ve taken to find self-healing, self-growth, and self-love. Let them know you care about them and all the reasons they are special to you.
It could take one letter to motivate someone else to start impacting their life in a positive direction. The ripple effect of this improvement can slowly start to transform collective consciousness in the direction of love, growth, and giving.
We commend you for taking this journey, and we hope you continue to dive into self-actualization tactics to enjoy every step of the path.