The ego-mind is that incessantly yappy part of our mind that always says “I,” “I,” “I,” and “me,” “me,” “me.” Most humans are so identified with this ego-mind that they don’t realize that there is anything else.
The ego-mind could also be appropriately called the “monkey mind” as it is that incessant rattle of jabber running non-stop in our heads.
Monkey mind is originally a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled, restless, capricious, inconstant, confused, indecisive, and uncontrollable.” This sums up the ego-mind perfectly, and yet it is only too common to mistake this endless chain of self-talk for our True Self.
The ego-mind’s greatest trick is getting you to believe you are your ego-mind. You are not. You are so much more.
What Am I?
Underneath all the neurotic, narcissistic, and obsessive layers of the ego-mind is pure being—pure existence. This is also known as our “higher self” or True Self. In magick this is called the Holy Guardian Angel, or simply the HGA. One of the highest goals of magick and Hermeticism is reclaiming this link to our divine and higher self.
 Xinyuan in Chinese and shin’en in Sino-Japanese.