You train your ego, your self-awareness, to be of service to the higher intent of consciousness. You’re walking in your own mind, and that mind when you expand out to the higher centers becomes God itself. This requires that you have a very malleable ego, because your ego as it stands, to get you to that rarefied space cannot live in that rarefied space. It’s like wearing muddy work boots into the church, you need to leave them outside. Your ego holds the intent in this physical form, but don’t be over attached to it and don’t confuse your ego with who you really are.