I think when one gets awakened just little some of the ego looses it's grip. It may take a period of time but the ego comes back just a little bit less than normally. Sometimes on can make big jumps in consciousness and this has an even more crushing effect on the ego making it smaller(symbolically speaking). These changes in the egos power over the body become less,,the mind still useful don't fight death don't fight anything just surrender to the higher self. I think the ego is not a bad thing,,it just needs a tweak to think free from selfish predominately and interest a keaner desire to live in harmony with evolutition' movement in time and spaces evolution is the constant state of becoming which we call time and space,, ego was responsible for man getting to this point,,but now it has become time for it to be recalibrated for less discomfort and greater Joy.