And then one day we read the power of Now, and it all becomes mostly just noise, with the odd bit of signal.
Fear protecting the ego, the ego protecting us from ourselves, from the truth of our failures and limits of our beliefs, the ego is just a construct of the mind, and a reflection of collective egos. Some portion of our beliefs are just plain wrong, and we need to fret out those and remove them. A core beliefs inventory is a wonderful tool.
The ego is impersonal collection of others, and not us, is changeable, and impersonal. Freedom to change is a wonderful thing.
We learn to let the ego go, and to live in the Now, aware of so much more.