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The ego is like a dog with a noisy toy. (1 min 20 sec)

    1. It causes you enormous suffering and drives you crazy but you won’t let it go.

    The dog fixates on the toy, just like the ego fixates on desires, anxieties, and past hurts.
    The clamorous toy annoys and distracts, just as the ego does with negativity and fear.
    The dog clings to the toy, mirroring the ego's attachment to the notion of a separate self and detachment from God.

    2. The source of the noise.

    While the toy itself makes noise, it's the dog's actions (shaking, chewing) that amplify it. Similarly, the ego doesn't create suffering directly; it amplifies it through negative thoughts and interpretations.

    3. Dogs can be trained to let go of unwanted objects.

    With awareness and effort, we can train our "ego-dog" to choose differently.

    4. The owner, our true self can choose to engage with the dog (ego) in a supportive way, helping it let go of its toys (fear and separation) and find inner peace.

    5. Perhaps the dog has quieter toys resembling love and forgiveness.

    We can nurture these "alternatives" to lessen the grip of the noisy toy.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I’m sorry.
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