The death of the "ego". Some of that occurs. But it isn't a complete withdrawal of the ego it is a realignment of personal priority. A different way of responding to a given stimulus. Allowing a higher aspect of expression to take control. A divine expression and a higher self expression.
Ego is necessary and yet it too must evolve. When ego evolves is it still the same thing? No it has changed and therefore is not the same thing anymore than a tree is the seed. And yet it is. So "ego" keeping its original characteristics, evolves into something more than those characteristics. It is there but not expressing in the same ways.
For those who teach "the death of the ego" I will speak to those teachings. In my opinion if they are taking "The death of the Ego" literally then they are still operating from an egotistic point of understanding and do not themselves understand what they teach. As far as existing without an ego, yes, "coma" patients do it quite well. But as far as the conscious person, the ego evolves within the personal whole not devoid of that whole.
In a Kundalini dismemberment, the heart being ripped out and adjusted is a good thing. It is returned to its proper place and has been realigned for an increased infusion of Kundalini. The heart is a representation of many currents of expression. It is a divine portal and a house of divinity as well as many other aspects. It can be out of balance due to specific types of conditioned responses we can experience through out our lives.
When the Kundalini comes, a balancing is sometimes required, and this is one of the purposes of dismemberment. There are many others - to many to list - that can come into the need for a balancing just with in the area of the heart.
Emotions can have an egotistic response. So it is there, in the heart, often, that we can need a balancing to occur. All chakras have ego influence and so all may have a dismemberment occur. For the balance in the flow of Kundalini. The practice of the protocols and safeties as described here can minimize the degree of dismemberment needed.
Neither is ego evolution instantaneous, it takes time and diligence and the "choice" of the individual. Kundalini will come and in that appearance are the needs for that choice made clearer.
Ego is the problem according to many of the Eastern belief systems. The big issue. We must wipe out the ego, we must get rid of the ego. We must do this and that in order to advance, to the ego, or we will have problems. Self denial, self flagellation, exercises to rid us of the taint of ego. Yes I'm simplifying. I could go on and on.
Not everyone takes such a view toward the ego. I do not. The ego is a part of who I am as a person. I see him as a younger version of myself, a perpetual child; my inner child and I let him have his say. Sometimes. As I would any child.
The Huna religion (Polynesian) observes the ego as the first self, the niheepeelee. The first self is given certain responsibilities and is allowed to complete them without hindrance from the Uhane, the second self, who is trying to become an Aumakua, or the high self.
The ego is spoken to gently as one would a child and rewarded and loved. In this way, we can advance with a loving and considerate approach to ourselves without the idea of something inside us needing to be excised or controlled to the point of obliteration.
Ego will learn and will follow instructions. I would suggest treating him or her with kindness and love allowing her to grow into the middle self they wish to become. As with kids you don't let them run rampant and you put definite limitations on their activities but you love them and they love you for it. Control, from the view of a parent is a very nurturing and helpful, effective way to teach the ego, our inner child. - blessings to you - chrism
... "ego" keeping its original characteristics, evolves into something more than those characteristics.