The Ego-Body Illusion

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. 4631709213

“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.


4 thoughts on “The Ego-Body Illusion

  1. Ooo this is extremely difficult. Most don’t even recognize the ego as such – denial. It’s sad because I have even come to know spiritual egos, which are particularly difficult to deal with. It’s so nice when we can unhook those stale ways of thinking and turn our negative self talk toxic planets to eternal rays of light and love!

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  2. I hear you-now let me understand-am i right that we listen to our heart and “gut” when making decisions instead of what we consider :logical reasoning? My question is-I feel the need to change my employment and housing-I feel that I am right, but also consider it risky. I sure would welcome your input. This is not based on money. It is like a “calling”


    • Ah… well, I am by no means an expert but am going through a similar thing right now… I know I need a change, I am ready for the change, but need to take steps to make the change a little less risky. I feel that as long as I am continually working towards getting there (to my calling) I am on the right path. Too often though, I think we let fear (risk) prevent us from following our heart. What good is a six figure salary if you are too miserable to enjoy it is my own motto… I realize that is not really an answer, only you know what is best for you. Usually, I find my answers in my meditation. Stop thinking about it for a little while and when you have some reflection time, ask the universe for a sign.. For me, it is often like taking a test, my first thought is usually right, my intuition seams to be quicker than the ego, the ego is what always talks me out of following my intuition… but, in tracking this I find my ego is slower, it is always the second voice. I know this doesn’t answer your question, but I hope it helps xoxo

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