Ego's Insecurities, a Psychological Poem

Updated on January 2, 2020
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Besides writing psychological poetry, Mark enjoys exploring a variety of topics from surfing to juicy grandma kisses.

The Internal Landscape of the Ego

Our ego gets us in trouble; takes us to places and situations that are harmful to our happiness and well-being. According to Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now, "we cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are the light."

Our Internal landscape is like the changing of cloud formations. Sometimes we have bright skies where everything feels right in the world. Then our ego acts out and there are the dark clouds that dampen our moods. The first step in controlling the ego is to become aware of it. In my poem, Ego's Insecurities, I'm attempting to create mindfulness or awareness of the ego.



Poem: Ego's Insecurities

When my skies are clear and blue,

I am focused on myself.

connected to the planet,

aware of what is real,

a seeker of stability and truth—

In harmony with all things.


When my ego is triggered,

a craving occurs.

My internal landscape

darkens and clouds

with stormy weather,

unconscious of my humanity.


In hunger, I seek to control,

to own, to dominate.

I compete mindlessly,

chasing things, I foolishly desire

at the expense of others,

weak or strong.


When I shine a light

on ego’s insecurities,

I can breathe easy again,

stop my needless grasping,

and override my fears.


When I release my attachment

to the wants of the greedy child within,

I can function more smoothly,

create calm and serenity

on my journey to enlightenment.

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    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      5 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Tamara. Love your alliteration.

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      BBYCGN 

      5 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      The ending of this silky poem is soothing and lovely.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      6 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Diane. Great CD. I listen to it every now and then to remind me of the power of the ego

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      Diane Denison 

      6 months ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Enjoyed this a lot and I agree with Li-Jen Hew comment about using dark sky as a nice metaphor for ego. I have the CD Power Of Now.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Li-Jen, for sharing some of your wise feedback.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      7 months ago

      Hi Mark. The dark skies is a nice metaphor for ego. It shows how much of a monster we can be if the ego is externalized. And also how vulnerable we all are, as described by the "landscape" within. Ego is tied to unhappiness, attachment and insecurities - that's true! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      I loved your poem. Every now and then I give myself a serious reality check.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      What I meant to say. We can learn from the child within, but not give him or her too much rope. The ego is like a child that needs discipline and boundaries.

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      So true, Lora. We can learn from the child within, but not give me too much rope.

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      Lora Hollings 

      7 months ago

      I really like your poem, Mark. The poem has some great metaphors. How true, that our egos can act like the greedy child within and compete mindlessly, chasing things and being so self-absorbed that it can become oblivious to the needs of others! We all need to keep our egos in check or they can destroy others and eventually lead to self-destruction as well.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Shauna. All the holidays that we have, one day should be devoted to keeping our egos in check. Much peace during the new year.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 months ago from Central Florida

      I love this, Mark. Every now and then we need to reel ourselves in and shake off the cobwebs (ego) that cloud our judgement and happiness.

      Beautifully stated!

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      It’s a constant struggle, Kari, but well worth it

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      You as well, Tiyasha.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      This poem is so true. When we control the "greedy child within" we are in better control of our lives.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      7 months ago from Gurgaon

      That's a great idea indeed Mark. Wish you a very happy new year.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Tiyasha, maybe when our ego is activated, someone should tell us, “Excuse me, sir, I think your insecurities are showing.”

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Good quote by Rudy, Genna. We can’t be the person we want or reach our potential if we have no awareness of our ego and how it affects others.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      7 months ago from Gurgaon

      Aah, the inflated insecurity-borne ego. A lovely take on the subject.

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      Genna East 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful, Mark -- just beautiful. I think Rudy said it best... "The ego interrupts our goodwill and inner peace many times." Awareness of our inner ego is the first step in learning how to control it.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Maya, for your gracious comment.

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      Maya Ellenson 

      7 months ago from Hobe Sound, Florida

      Deeply and beautifully rendered! Mark, your poem encapsulates the true essence of Tolle's The Power of Now through your own unique vision and experience.

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Yes, Ruby and sometimes momentary depending on our circumstances

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is an excellent piece on our insecurities. The ego interrupts our goodwill and inner peace many times. Learning to curb the ego is a daily task. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you,Tim for your insightful comments. We are definitely blinded by the “I” in our quest for fulfillment. Happy New Year and have a good journey to enlightenment.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Great poem, Mark. The "I" is often blinded by the eyes watching it in the mirror. Beautiful and so relevant. Definitely Freud resonates in this work, but there is the reality from Glasner which is there, too. Our "wants" is a hindrance to inner peace frequently. Thank you, and Happy 2020, my skillful friend.

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Yes, you’re right, Lorna. And a sprinkle of Eckhart Tolle as well.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      7 months ago

      I sense the spiritual and a little of Freud's Ego theory within this thought provoking poem Mark. Excellent and enjoyable.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      That’s right on, Lori the scourge of humanity. And it could’ be the Scrooge of Humanity as well, And I agree. Fear is behind it. Fear to be seen as weak, stupid, poor, etc

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Ego, pride, the scourge of humanity. I think at its base it's about fear.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Yes, kind of a Buddhist/Tolle hodgepodge.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      This had a Buddhist vibe to it. Relaxing message.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, John. Controlling the ego is a major dance, where we win some and lose some.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Mark. I agree most of us have ego insecurities that often get us into trouble. Sometimes we can control them but not always. Good poem for reflexion.

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