Within the dragon philosophy, there is a necessity in equivalency; in the dynamic and alchemical benefits of two dragons engaging in symbolic, philosophical, or physical exchange. The opposite of this connection, this union, is ego revulsion.
Ideally, and in ideal practices, a dragon would not only be aware of his own ego, but continuously seek to make its role as inconsequential as possible. Because to understand the ego, first, is to be endowed with the ability to usurp it; like a poor, emotion-driven king who never deserved the crown, and would hold it forever with sighs and tears, overthrown unapologetically and systematically by a warrior who is fit to rule. This is reason over ego; logic over unchecked emotion; knowledge over confusion. Some psychologists have described this awareness as the ability to literally hear the running narrative in your own head; chatter that often has no purpose, and is all too frequently irrational and paranoid.
A dragon who is self-aware, and has learned to put ego aside, will become acutely sensitive to those who have not. This awareness is the seed of ego revulsion: a visceral reaction to the actions and reactions in others that are blatantly dictated by their own egos, accompanied by an unawareness of the ego’s role in what they do. Dragons have often described this recognition as something that feels like it exists on the brink of irrationality, for its immediacy and disproportionate strength. But, in reality, this instinct is born of rationality itself. And, if understood, can become a powerful tool — not only in understanding the motivations and tendencies of others, but as a constant reminder to be mindful of one’s own ego and ego-based reactions.
It is a constant aim to understand the nature, desire, and perversions of the ego; something which dragons understand we are perpetually both succeeding to do and failing to do, all at once. Gustav Jung described our limitations, and our weaknesses, even as we recognize the core of who we are, which has been described by Jung and others as the recognition of God within man:
“…even the enlightened person remains what he is, and is never more than his own limited ego before the One who dwells within him, whose form has no knowable boundaries, who encompasses him on all sides, fathomless as the abysms of the earth and vast as the sky.”
For our purposes, what is perceived as the existence of the “third Divine Person” is what we interpret to be the existence of our purest selves. Whether or not one attributes this presence to divinity or not, it is undeniably the most potent and powerful force we can ever discover within ourselves, or wield outside ourselves. To access it, we must force the ego aside. And there is no struggle that is more constant, or more worthwhile.
As like attracts like, dragon attracts dragon, and as these equivalent unions feed us in ways which are unfathomable to anyone who has not experienced them firsthand, there is also great value in the opposite experience. Understanding and adversity both have alchemical potential; both exist to inspire change; both are dynamic forces which propel us forward and reveal who we are.