In the beginning of ritual, ego is host. At the end of a primordial ritual, ego is seen to be the illusory guest, subsumed to the celestial realities. In this lies the difference between modern – especially behavioral – psychologies, and traditional magic and alchemy. For in nearly all modern psychological models, the ego is given a preeminent place – the goal is not transcendence, but merely establishing a kind of balance in which ego is always host.
- Arthur Versluis