“Sincerity is a word that I often use in teaching to convey the importance of being rooted in the qualities of honesty, authenticity, and genuineness. There can be nothing phony or contrived in our motivations if we are to fully awaken to our natural and integral state of unified awareness. While teachings and teachers can point us inward to “the peace beyond all understanding,” it is always along the thread of our inner sincerity, or lack thereof, that we will travel. For the ego is clever and artful in the ways of deception, and only the honesty and genuineness of our ineffable being are beyond its influence. At each step and with each breath we are given the option of acting and responding, both inwardly and outwardly, from the conditioning of egoic consciousness which values control and separation above all else, or from the intuitive awareness of unity which resides in the inner silence of our being.”
— Adyashanti in his current newsletter (PDF 1.2 MB)
This aspect of the treachery of the ego is so true. I can recall at one point realizing the ego was pretending to be Self. Pretending to be the silence. It is the trickster, willing to do anything to keep control. Fearing what it cannot comprehend.
But it cannot ‘win’ as it is merely an idea. A false prophet. We have simply to connect with who we are within and gradually the construct will dissolve. The path will get easier at each stage as less and less of the construct remains. And more and more of what is, Is.
The rest of the article is well worth reading.