The ego is a product of our beliefs. It has no independent existence. There’s no law that says the ego has to exist. When we believe that we are separated from what is – that we are here while God is there – the ego naturally and surely arises. Disorder – painful disorder – is the result.
The separation is occurring now: it did not happen a million years ago only. Similarly, atonement is occurring now. The solution has to be where the problem is, otherwise it’s not a solution but an ideal.
Healing is always in this moment. And everything we need to know this and bring it into application is here now.
When we practice A Course in Miracles faithfully and diligently we raise the ego to awareness. That is all. That’s the whole game.
Most of us find the course because we are leading lives that seem chaotic and brief and painful and disruptive. And the course teaches us that those effects are merely the result of heeding the ego – the false self that we make to take the place of God. So we make contact with that truth. We experience the ego fully and directly. We don’t run for teachers or distractions. We just patiently and gently witness the egoic drama. We don’t invest in it: we just give it our attention.
When we do that, a better choice – a right choice – is inevitable.
This is why the ego so resists being known. That is why it insists that our grief and anguish are a product of external forces – nasty-minded people and inclement weather and frail bodies and unjust economic systems and so forth. We buy that argument wholesale and naturally infer that if the cause of our misery is external, then a better cause – a cause of joy and peace – must be external as well.
All A Course in Miracles does is remind us that is a lie. That is why it promises that if we just look at the ego and its effects then it will be over.
Sane judgment would inevitably judge against the ego, and must be obliterated by the ego in the interest of its self-preservation (T-4.V.1:6).
As the ego is undone – as we raise it higher and for greater duration into the light of understanding, of right seeing – we begin to perceive again the truth that “[A]ll things work together for good” (T-4.V.1:1). That becomes our experience.
I am not separate from you, nor you from a rose bush, nor the rose bush from moonlight. Together we are a perfect composition reflecting only the Love of God, only the Love that is. No artificiality can stand against it nor does nor ever did.
The work is to pay attention – consistently, willfully, prayerfully – to the false self and its effects. Behold what we have made! And turn then to the Creator in whose Presence there are no differences nor degrees nor specialties nor conditions. The inevitable effect of giving awareness is our slip into the folds of God, our resonance as Love itself.