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The ego is the false self –born out of fear and defensiveness.

John O’Donohue, Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher.

It’s said that fear is the shadow side of your ego. Yes, it might also be said that the ego is the shadow side of fear. Either way, fear and ego seem to collude to undermine our happiness and well-being. In this post, I refer to this unfortunate symbiosis as our phantom’s persona. Unless we become conscious of its mischief, we can’t rise above it or the consequences of its deeds.

Since the phantom calibrates at the lowest stratus or human consciousness, it rots the soul by opposing love, peace and harmony. I have written this post so we might become more aware of its pernicious presence. It seems to me, very few are conscious of the phantom, within and without and so remain mesmerized by mainstream fear-mongering media and social media toxicity.

We see this phantom’s presence everywhere in life. Even when we see the ego manifesting as pride and narcissism, we witness these as qualities of insecurity giving expression to the phantom’s fears. Since fear is the opposite of love, as darkness is the opposite of light, or the absence thereof. We see this phantom attacking all who refuse to participate in its gloom.

Now, more than ever, we see the phantom imposing its fears everywhere in our world. If one doesn’t social distance, wear a mask, isolate, or get vaccinated, it raises its ugly head to shame, ostracize, control and bully others into compliance with its fears. It’s disappointing when friends and family members feel threatened, becoming hostile when we don’t join in their narrative of fear.

What is being threatened, however, are the aberrant disorders of the isolated ego-mind. Conscious awareness and strength of character are easily paralyzed by the fear of death. Eckhard Tolle states: All fear is the ego’s fear of death… but ultimately death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life.

Of course, the ego has an essential and legitimate role in our human experience, but only when it serves us. However, when we identify with it as who we are, it then becomes our master and tyrant. That’s when we fall into the psychosis of fear.

The ego must be subordinated and placed under the direction of who we are, what we might be called our soul essence, our beingness, our divine Self or the Captain of our ship. In any case, we are either in control or are controlled… controlled by the phantom we have surrendered to who will all too willingly surrender to every ‘authority.’ Only when our confused minds unite with our heart’s divine portal will we discern truth over falsehood and have the courage to stand firm. See the post Union of Heart and Mind; 

In the words of Carl Jung, the phantom (as I call it) ‘dooms itself’ because it … is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing the right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.

The easiest way to keep the phantom compliant is to threaten it with death. Because the phantom is impressionable, it can easily be made to feel weak and disempowered in the face of adversity. Not only does it lack courage, it inevitably becomes susceptible to mass hysteria towards all that it perceives as a threat to its survival. For more discussion on  this dysfunction, see the post ‘Fear of Death.’ 

As Jung also pointed out, the ego-fear phantom is obsessed with itself so can’t be reasoned with. Facts don’t matter once the negative narrative has been embraced. If we try to tell the phantom it is being misinformed by special interests; it will react in anger and self-righteous indignation. As Jung says, ‘it is incapable of drawing right conclusions.’

As for those who wish to gain power and control over the masses, nothing works better than fear. Philosopher Sidney Hook (1902-1986) stated this well: Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny pundefinedast and present.

Or note what British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russel had to say about the reactive ferocity of the fearful.

Remember this whenever you sense you are being manipulated by governments, media, medical/corporate collusions. And yes, I would include medical-pharmaceutical establishments in this unholy alliance that engages government agencies to help indoctrinate the public to comply with its dictates and restrictions through mass propaganda.

Another trigger for the ego/fear phantom is the threat of being perceived as weak and cowardly. This is why it often reacts so vociferously towards others who refuse to be afraid. The phantom is nowhere to be found when courage and bravery are called upon. It fears that if it is found to be weak, which it is, it will be humiliated for lacking strength and character. This would devastate its hapless illusions of virtue.

Consequently, the phantom will lash out in righteous indignation at all those who don’t remain ‘safely’ fearful like it. When the phantom aggregates enough like-minded souls, it will retaliate en-mass with even greater vehemence and arrogance to force the world to conform to its frightful weltanschauung. This has constantly been in ‘our face’ over the last year. What does this say about the world’s current state of consciousness when it can recognize lies from truth.

For example, not one peer-review study in the world has shown masks to work in keeping out viruses. However, they cause us to rebreathe our germs and carbon dioxide. Yet few question the non-existence of science, especially politicians and all those who benefit from the hysteria.

Or, how about the PCR tests? They cannot tell the difference between a virus or flu bug, even though it should have been obvious we were being manipulated when the seasonal flu basically disappeared last year and all ‘cases’ were attributed to the virus. Why did so few wish to twig on to this obvious fraud, and why did the media remain silent? See the post TRUTH ABOUT PCR TESTS 

These are but two examples of how easy it is to use fear on the masses to extract compliance without questioning ‘authority.’ It’s very disappointing how little critical thinking humans possess when up against popular fear-based opinion. But then, that’s what the ego-fear phantom does.  

Of course, the phantom’s fragility needs to be right about its fears since its very existence is threatened if shown to be wrong. Therefore, those of contrary opinions need to be marginalized and deprecated because they threaten its beliefs. The phantom needs to believe in its fears since that’s what it identifies while expressing who and what it has become. As GI Gurdjieff, the Russian philosopher stated: It’s very difficult to sacrifice one’s suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like, but he will not give up his suffering. 

In sum, the phantom would rather be ‘right,’ at least in its mind, than be happy since the ego has no interest in being happy. That’s because it derives its illusory existence in misery. Consequently, it remains inherently divisive and destructive.

So, my question is, are we going to surrender by complying with the demands of those who would control us like sheep, or are we going to stand strong, brave and free?

Our choice! Our fate! 



Below is are a couple of excerpts that discuss some of the points above.

Elysium’s Passage: The Summit, Chapter 1

‘Observe, James, the legions of ideological movements based on fear and deceit. Then watch how their zealots demand everyone think and believe as they do as they become increasingly strident, especially when they suspect what they say and believe isn’t true. Should anyone disregard their fears, they become particularly strident. Since fear is of the ego, illusory fears demand they be taken seriously lest they’re exposed for what they are.

‘That’s why fear and anger often go together. For the ego-mind, there’s nothing more enraging than having its contrived fears dismissed. Talk to any doomsayer, and this becomes apparent; they’re never content until everyone is wringing their hands with them.’

I was beginning to grow weary of the topic and wanted to change it since I didn’t care to discuss politics; however, Mo wasn’t about to stop until he got it all out.[1] 

‘All human conflict,’ he said, ‘is only symptomatic of a much deeper problem than most realize. It’s the conflict within. As I’m sure you must understand, relationships are most strained when souls become alienated from each other. Humanity was created in the union of Oneness, not in separation, as all too often happens between neighbours.

‘Conflict between nations, tribes and families inevitably occurs when heart and mind remain separated. That’s where the truth of the fall myth becomes most evident. No one has a clue who or what they are when they remain divided within. The mind acting on its own is confused and unhinged, resulting in a perpetual state of alienation within and without.’

In the below discussion, James is told what he must do to become a conqueror to overcome his egoic fears

Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent, Chapter 8

Through our dialogues, I came to understand that consciousness was not just about the acuity of my mind, but the heart’s discernment of what’s real and what’s false, what is of light and what is of darkness. Some of these led to painful questions that prodded me past my egoic confinement.

At times I would revert to some of my old agitations, prejudices and defences. Perhaps this was inevitable at this early stage since old thought patterns seldom go away of their own accord, much less their ego source. This might be why they often challenged me to clear the intellectual clutter in my mind.

After a few weeks, Mo said, ‘you’re a living paradox, James, capable of not only ascending some of the highest mountains in the world but also capable of plunging into some of the most profound books in the world. An urbane professor, a vulgar sailor; at once wise, yet foolish; a probable saint, but more probably a sinner. You’ve learned to charm; you’ve learned to brawl… though not that well when gone blotto.

‘Now, after being held hostage to the mortal fears of the Lowlands, you will soon find yourself standing tall on your Summit as an immortal conqueror. But to truly conquer, you still have a formidable foe to face. Always remember Vincit Qui Se Vincit; He Conquers Who Conquers Himself. Yet it is not you, only the fears of your ego-mind. So, I say; don’t just conquer these… slay them!

‘There’s only one way to do that. You need only allow love, not fear, to conquer the fears in your life. In the words of Virgil, Omnia Vincit Amor, Love Conquers All![2] Allow the light within to dispel the illusory fears of your ego. As you love, they become the nothingness they are.

‘Fear cannot exist in love any more than darkness can exist in the light. When these words become engraved in your soul, then shall they be engraved on the stone wall. This will be a sign to you. Only then shall you know in truth, you have conquered.’

[1] As it turned out, Mo had good reasons for having strong feelings on this topic that will be later be revealed in a subsequent narrative.
[2] From Eclogue X. Virgil, Roman poet (70 BC – 19 BC)



For more posts on the topic of dealing with fear and the ego, go to:

The Ego Mask  

No Fear   

The Cave You Fear    

What's to Fear?   

Fear of Death   



This is the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometimes surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of adventures.

To read a sample press review at  



The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on or directly at 

"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”

"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…."

“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"

“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”

“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."

"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like, and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"

“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”

“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”

“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)

“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.”  (CLARION REVIEW)



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