The basic setup of ego contains ignorance, refusing to look back at its origin. From that confusion arises fear or panic, and from that process, perception, impulse and all the other aspects of ego arise. The question is: Why, after ignorance, should there be perception? Why should there be impulse? It is because a tremendous, vast story of energy develops through that process. That vast store of energy is not ego’s energy at all. It is the energy of the primeval background, which permeates continuously. That primeval background or universal unconscious–whatever you would like to call it–is not just a blank state, a vacant state of nothingness at all. That background also contains tremendously powerful energy. It is completely filled with energy.
From “Sex,” in The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Volume Two, page 612.
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