This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from a Course in Miracles. We are currently in chapter 4 The Illusions of Ego, V The Ego-Body Illusion.
“The ego exerts maximal vigilance about what it permits into awareness, and this is not the way a balanced mind holds together. The ego is thrown further off balance because it keeps its primary motivation from your awareness and raises control rather than sanity into predominance. The ego has every reason to do this, according to the thought system which gave rise to it and which it serves. Sane judgment would inevitably judge against the ego, and must be obliterated by the ego in the interest of its self-preservation”
I have tried to describe the voice of the ego as the inner judge, the inner critic, the dark side, the dark force, dark side of the moon etc. and I have tried to describe the intuition as the voice of God. However you choose to imagine them, be sure to recognize that we each have both voices available and we can choose to ignore either one.
The ego’s voice is much, much louder than intuition for most of us. Once we start learning how to hear or feel or see our intuition, we can start paying attention to it.
“Thoughts of God are unacceptable to the ego, because they clearly point to the nonexistence of the ego itself.”
Once we recognize the voice of the ego, and we recognize the ego is not spirit, we also come to the realization that we are not ego. This means the eventual death of the ego. The ego is crafty and will do anything to trick us into believing we are one and the same, in order to ensure its survival. It is important here to recognize that we are one with Spirit. We are not our bodies and we are not the ego. Whether you believe in reincarnation, heaven, or the afterlife, spirit is immortal so death of the ego and death of the body does not equal death of spirit and therefore, we have nothing to fear.
Finally in the last paragraph, we learn that there is one way to help us discern between ego and intuition is to ask why. When we understand the “what for” part of the equation, it serves as a beacon for our decision making.
“When you make a decision of purpose, then, you have made a decision about your future effort; a decision that will remain in effect unless you change your mind.”
Of course, we can always change our mind.