We've all felt upset, angered or offended -- but what is really behind these negative emotions? Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now, says this is the ego at work. To illustrate what the ego is, Tolle tells a story in the above preview clip from "Oprah and Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth."
"A high government official went to see a Zen master," Tolle says. "And he asks the Zen master, 'Can you explain to me what the self is?'"
Tolle says the Zen master responded, "'What a stupid question is that. Why do you ask me such stupid questions?'"
"Immediately, the government official says, 'How dare you talk to me like that. Don't you know who I am?"
"And the master said, 'That's the ego,'" Tolle says.
Boiling it down, Oprah asks, "So anytime you have hurt feelings, that is your ego?"
"Yes," Tolle says.