I posted this in the coven I joined just a few minutes ago so I'd like to share it and I'd like others to share their definitions of the "ego that which we say dies." Well let me try to quickly explain my thoughts on the "ego that which we can say dies." The ego itself is our sense of individuality or being a one from the universe. Those with the ego use the word "I" frequently and surely. It is the oneself not the wholeself. Now the "Ego Death" is not exactly the ceasing of ego but indominance. You see ego is the dictator of action and speech. Even when ego death occurs the ego will often remain to continue dictating action and speech, but it no longer dictates thought. Ego death is commonly defined as desocialization or as "becoming one with the universe". Ego death is said to occur when the self comes to the inevitable realization that they are part of the whole, not an extension, not a separate piece, but included with nothing or everything. The desocialization people often perceive is when they feel the ego no longer exists to dictate speech and action. It is said the effects of desocialization via ego death brings you back to the primary instinct or the programmed basic action/speech. Ego death can be seen a transcendence or enlightenment. I always felt that the phrase "ego death" and its definition differs between people because I've noted similar practices in paths like shamanism and shintoism, and sometimes even buddhism (becoming a living buddha).