Our normal condition is a bit like a rider looking at a landscape on a galloping horse through a smoke screen.
The galloping horse is the brain which races from one feeling to the next.
The fumes of ego in our thoughts, and those of our superego in our emotions constitute the smokescreen. The smoke we produce is the fruit of our reactivity, which prevents us seeing clearly the landscape through which we pursue our journey.
We react with the ego: perhaps with a sense of hurt pride or the desire to be “center stage”. We react too, with the superego: fear of loneliness, or of not being loved, attachments, sexual attraction etc.
If the horse could somehow slow down and the smokescreen clear out, then the “I” could just see the landscape as it is and understand what is happening there. We could then see both the friend on the hill and the enemy in the woods. Without the impulses form ego and superego we would just see things as they are, a perception so direct and simple that it escapes us. Gregoire de Klabermatten, “The third Advent”