What we think of ourselves is only something that we have self created. The Taoist's understand that we are not born with an ego and when they die, it will disappear. We have to learn to ignore the ego and let our original nature regain control of our lives.
The Shen came from the The Jing which is converted into The Chi at conception. Our original mind possessed no ego. The process of Chi Kung involves revitalizing and restoring our original Chi. It is a process of Rejuvenation. Part of the procedure involves restoring our Original Mind. This mind has no Ego, no Self thoughts, no Self awareness. The Ego is something that we created as we grew up. The real mind is Silent. To silence the mind is one of the higher goals of CHI KUNG.