What I am saying is that it takes a form of self control to be able and willing to see through the delusions that the ego presents to the self. The ego wants to protect itself and its power at all costs. It can take a hold of a self improvement program and easily manipulate it around to serve the protection and promotion needs of the ego. So it takes work to be able to consciously detach from these self protection mechanisms. The ego is constantly working to perfect its protection mechanisms, as the self learns and becomes more sophistocated so does the ego. Often people deepest into New Age type programs have the most overweaning egos and are full of how holy and pure they are.