“The moment you become aware of the ego in yourself, that emerging awareness is who you are beyond ego, the deeper “I”. The recognition of the false is already the arising of the real.” Eckhart Tolle (from The Power of Now)
The mythic symbolism of the moon and sun are helpful to me in getting a handle on the dynamic here. The moon is reflected light of the Sun, the Ego that circles around the Mother Maya, the dying and resurrected Ego that is constantly changing its states of mind. Thinking it’s light is the eternal sun, the ego moon chases itself in search of its source.
All the while the Sun is lighting up the moon, but the moon cannot see the sun because to see the sun would be the end of moon light. When the pain of its constant birth and dying reaches a saturation point, the Sun breaks through as sees the truth. Just one break through of sun light is enough for consciousness to begin shifting from the moon to the sun and the end of seeking the light.