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II.  SECTION 12. What is the Ego?

Lesson 331 There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.

  1. How foolish, Father, to believe Your Son could cause himself to suffer!  Could he make a plan for his damnation, and be left without a certain way to his release?  You love me, Father.  You could never leave me desolate, to die within a world of pain and cruelty.  How could I think that Love has left Itself?  There is no will except the Will of Love.  Fear is a dream and has no will that can conflict with Yours.  Conflict is sleep, and peace awakening.  Death is illusion; life, eternal truth.  There is no opposition to Your Will.  There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.
  2. Forgiveness shows us that God’s Will is one, and that we share it.  Let us look upon the holy sights forgiveness shows today, that we may find the peace of God.  Amen.[1]
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My heart was so troubled today upon reading the news.  There is one story after the other of heartache and despair, pain and suffering.  One story in particular filled me with anguish – of 19-year old Aniah Blanchard, whose remains have been identified after disappearing last month – last seen at a convenience store.  Perhaps it is losing my own daughter when she was 18; perhaps it is seeing my grandchildren growing up in a world where danger seems to lurk at every turn; perhaps it is ordinary compassion and empathy which reaches out to Aniah and her family although I do not know them personally. 

Today’s prayer calls this anguish foolish.  God’s Son cannot cause himself to suffer!  It must be part of the ego’s rotten dream – Aniah and her suffering along with the rest of our suffering is simply not the reality of God.  For God loves Aniah just as He loves me.  He would never leave us desolate, to die within a world of pain and cruelty.  To think that this is so, is idolatry.  It is to believe the ego’s lies because there is no will except the Will of Love.  Today’s prayer calls this fear a dream that has no will that could stand against the Will of God.  Today’s prayer claims that conflict is sleep and peace is awakening; that death is illusion, and life is eternally true.  Today’s prayer reminds us that there is no opposing our Father’s Will.  There is no conflict, for our will is His.

Forgiveness is called for again and again in the dream of fear.  When we forgive, we are showing our understanding that what happens in the ego-world of fear is only a dream, an illusion, a trick of the enemy which would have us identify with it rather than God.  When we forgive those who would kill our children, we show that God’s Will is the one that we share; we acknowledge that no matter how real it feels, how dire it seems, time and all that happens in it is merely the ego’s nightmare. When we dare to fix our gaze upon the holy sights of love, there is where we find the peace of God.  

This peace and love cannot be found in the ego-world.  And yet ego-world, in all its gory glory gives us ample opportunity to practice the vision of Christ, rather than the images of the ego.  As we offer the vision of Christ, forgiveness is withheld from nobody for any reason.  Freedom is gained not for the few, but for all.  God’s Will is not for us to suffer; and our will is His. 

[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 331 There is no conflict…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 468.