Awareness is the key that unlocks the entire Universe.
Seek nothing. Be everything.
There is a collective ego rooted in human consciousness that seeks to maintain it’s separate sense of self in order to survive. This collective ego could almost be seen as a giant machine that forms the current collective human society and economic structure. Like any living entity, first and foremost, it seeks survival. The only way any entity can survive is through the focus of Consciousness, the One who breathes life into the form. So this collective ego tricks Consciousness into identifying with it in order to maintain itself in this dream-realm that is the third dimension. It could be equated to a collective mind-virus or parasite that feeds on the essential life essence of each human being.
Yet ultimately, this parasitic entity is a projection of your own imagination, a conglomeration of collected thought-forms that together accumulate into a delusional entity that inhabits the fourth dimensional reality, which is the realm of thought. This has gone by many names throughout history, in Buddhism it is known as Mara, in Christianity it is known as Satan, and in Jungian philosophy it could be equated to the human shadow.
Essentially, this ego was a collective frequency that human Consciousness unconsciously bought in to for a long period of time, ever since thought arose as a collective phenomenon. For our distant ancestors, this was actually a higher frequency, and so was a beneficial aspect in their evolution. Consciousness went from no sense of self, to a collectively inherited ideological and conceptual sense of self. Man became self-aware, yet only in an intellectual, thought-based manner. Eventually, however, as we continued to evolve, this state of being became increasingly dysfunctional. What once allowed for incredible expansion and forward progress was now leading to immense destruction and suffering on a mass scale.
We are now at a time where Consciousness is rising above the egoic frequency. Our identification and attachment to what are now dense and constricting thought-forms is beginning to be relinquished. We are like a seed pushing through the soil to emerge into the light. The soil is this dense ego-based thought identity, and creates a pressure that we feel building until we finally emerge into the light of the essential Self. Consciousness is becoming self-aware once more, but in a non-conceptual way, beyond the comprehension of the mind.
If we were first a simple seed, thought was the water that enabled us to grow. The soil is the ego born of this thought that we push through until eventually we rise above and find the transcendental realm of pure Awareness, a place beyond duality and time-bound modes of being. We find this light not by fighting the ego, but instead by working with it, by recognizing it for what it is, and ultimately seeing beyond it. The seed does not fight the soil, per se, but instead uses it for its own growth and evolution. This is the path to enlightenment.