Someone wrote to me on Dhammawheel that “a sense of self is a requirement for right effort.”
I would say a ‘sense of self’ is a base delusion and one should be striving to eliminate it. There is no self and hence it is like subscribing to dream and thinking it is real. Even though the wrong view of self doesn’t stop one attaining even jhana, it does put a barrier to insight at the level of vipassana.
Bhikkhu Bodhi introduction to the The All-Embracing Net of Views
All the views dealt with in the Brahmajāla originate from one of two sources, reasoning and meditative experience. The fact that a great number, perhaps the majority, have their source in the experience of meditative attainments has significant implications for our understanding of the genetic process behind the fabrication of views. It suffices to caution us against the hasty generalization that speculative views take rise through a preference for theorization over the more arduous task of practice. As our sutta shows, many of these views make their appearance only at the end of a prolonged course of meditation involving firm renunciation, intense devotion, and keen contemplative zeal. For these views the very basis of their formulation is a higher experience rather than the absence of one.
That views of a metaphysical nature result from such endeavors indicates that they spring from a source more deeply grounded in the human mind even than the disposition to theorization. This source is the clinging to being, the fundamental need to establish and maintain, within the empirical personality, some permanent basis of selfhood or
individualized existence. The clinging to being issues in a “personality view” (sakkāyadiṭṭhi) affirming the presence of an abiding self in the psychophysical organism in one of twenty ways: as either identical with, possessing, contained within or containing one or another of the five aggregates that constitute the individual personality—material form, feeling, perception, mental formations and consciousness. Arisen already at the pre-reflective level, this view in turn becomes the basis for later reflective interpretations of existence, crystallizing into the sixty-two views of the sutta. As it is explained: “Now, householder, as to those divers views that arise in the world, … and as to these sixty-two views set forth in the Brahmajāla, it is owing to the personality view that they arise, and if the personality view exists not, they do not exist” (SN 41:3).