You are not different from the ego because you are the ego. The ego, body, and the world appear together as waking or dream (duality) and disappear together as deep sleep (nonduality). The dream is a parallel waking experience and the waking experience is a parallel dream.
We need not focus our attention on the ego but we have to find the truth of the whole waking experience (universe).
The seeker has to find out: ~
‘What is it that appears as the waking?’
“What is it that appears as a dream?’
‘What is it that disappears as deep sleep?’
Deeper self-search reveals the fact that, whatever appears and disappears is the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
The witness of the appearance and disappearance of the three states also the Soul.
All the three states are created out of single clay. And that single clay is the consciousness. in reality, the witness (Soul) and the witnessed (three states) are one in essence.
The knowledge of the single stuff is Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. : ~ Santthosh Kumaar