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    Our experience of the Ground
    The ego's situation
    Embedded -- ego has not yet emerged 
    Great Mother 
    "Body Ego" emerges, unresistant to Ground 
    Good Mother & Terrible Mother 
    Intense ambivalence 
    -------------Original Repression---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
    Childhood, latency 
    The Unconscious; source of dreams; occasional moments of marvel alternating with fearful imaginings. 
    "Mental Ego" now exists, feels separate, but needy. 
    Locks away traumatic incidents from conscious memory. 
    Adolescence and Adulthood 
    Sexual impulses, ecstasy of orgasm; 
    occasional "peak experiences" in 
    aesthetic and athletic activities, and in 
    intimate relationships. 
    Ego obtains mastery in external 
    activities: physical, social & work 
    skills. Ego identifies with its 
    thoughts; remains largely alienated 
    from emotional self-knowledge. 
    Mid-life Crisis or 
    "Dark Night of the Soul" 
    Incursions of previously repressed fears, ambitions, transporting impulses. 
    Alienation becomes intolerable. Old certainties give way to strong doubts. Identity weakens. Original Repression loosens; ego feels assaulted. 
    Regeneration in Spirit 
    Ground appears increasingly attractive as source of holy, comfort, guidance. 
    Ego able to discern and utilize impulses from the Ground, and rely on them. 
    Strong intuitive voice or visions. 
    Feelings of unity with the cosmos, 
    nature, and humanity. 
    Ego subordinates to the Ground; 
    "attuned to one's true inner voice". 
    Ego has choice, but knows that the 
    cost of resisting or ignoring the Ground will be needless injury or waste.