This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. We are in Chapter 4 The Illusions of the Ego, section VI. The Rewards of God. If you are new to this series, you can see all posts from ACIM here.
“The Ego does not recognize the real source of “threat,” and if you associate yourself with the ego, you do not understand the situation as it is. Only your allegiance to it gives the ego any power over you.”
We are reminded again that we are not the ego. “
“The ego is nothing more than a part of your belief about yourself”
“your other life has continued without interruption, and has been and always will be totally unaffected by your attempts to dissociate it.
The ego and spirit do not know each other. The separated mind cannot maintain the separation except by dissociating.
The ego is a device for maintaining this belief, but it is still only your decision to use the device that enables it to endure.”
“How can you teach someone the value of something he has deliberately thrown away? He must have thrown it away because he did not value it. You can only show him how miserable he is without it, and slowly bring it nearer so he can learn how his misery lessens as he approaches it. This teaches him to associate his misery with its absence, and the opposite of misery with the opposite.”
You are still free to choose, but once you recognize the peace and balance that comes from spirit, you no longer have any need to defend the ego with its anger, jealousy, fear and depression. Once you experience spirit, there is no longer any need for the ego, as you learn vigilantly discern your thoughts, the ego simply becomes someone that you used to know.