Excerpt About Atman
Ego Identity is an Imitation of the Essential Identity...this sense of identity, like all other sectors of the personality, is an imitation of a certain specific aspect of Essence. ego identity is an imitation of the identity of Essence, the true self. The Hindus call it the Atman. The sense of identity of the personality exists because there is an unconscious memory of this true self. The personality's sense of identity develops through the loss of the true self. The child had it to start with, but its loss led to the development, through internalizations and identifications, of the ego sense of identity coalesced around a vague memory of the true identity. A self-representation is felt as relating to self because of this vague memory of self. This is the reason for the vagueness about identity in everybody's experience.