Excerpts from the book ‘Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle.
Deep –seated sense of lack or incompleteness, of not being whole.
Conscious, Constant feeling of not being worthy or good enough, unconscious, intense craving, wanting and needing. Compulsive pursuit of ego-gratification and order to fill this hole they fell within Strive after possession money, success, power recognition, or a special. When they attain all these things, they attain all this thing hole is still there, that it is bottomless.
As long as the egoics mind is running your life, you cannot truly be at ease; you cannot be at peace or fulfilled except for brief intervals when you obtained what you wanted, when a craving has just been fulfilled. Since the ego is a derived sense of self, it needs to identify with external things. It needs to be both defended and fed constantly.
Social status and recognition knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history belief systems and often also political, nationalistic racial, religious, and other collective identifications.
The secret of life is to “die before you die “. – And find that there is no death.