Originally Posted by cdn2wheeler
How does one go about defining the difference?
Meditation is the only way I know to discern the difference. Everybody's ego has its own justifications but usually, almost always they are made in fear of some percieved threat. Thoughts about growth of our self and spirit are distinct from the ego even when we don't percieve that to be the case in that they all come from the higher mind. The ego is unfortunately a coward. But a lovable one.