I have been practicing using a mantra lately whose purpose is to re-edit the role of the ego. The ego cannot be removed without death which means you are stuck with your ego as long as you are alive.
If your are unsure if you are alive (as I am sometimes when I wake up), just look for your ego. It is that dog/cat/pet/companion that won't go away. It is the part of you that tells you to 'be' a certain way. My own ego was too large, tried to do everything and anything so I decided I should downsize it. MR. Bigshot as he likes to be called, thought I was trying to get rid of him and of course protested. He protests in various ways but last night he protested by trying to depress and scare me. This strategy did not work by it did make me more determined to chant my mantra. And then a miracle happened. We compromised.
I explained to him that he could have more time to relax and because my ego is not active I have less obstacles in my way to getting things done. It is a win-win situation. We both were happy and celebrated by going to sleep Which led to some interesting dreams - but that is another post.