Apparently the more we are able to live in the brilliant fullness of the present, without the darkening process of the conditioned mind, the more ageless and innocent we can become, and the more this is reflected in the development, maturity and understanding of our ego. Young children live largely in the moment until they reach adolescence when they begin to spend more time in the conditioned mind. At this stage the understanding and maturity of the ego dramatically slows, for it has fewer moments of “being present” reflected to it from which to develop. Therefore many egos basically remain in a state of immature adolescence throughout their lives, largely developing only methods and habits of pseudo cleverness and avoidance.
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