II. SECTION 12. What is the Ego?
Lesson 332 Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
- The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away. Truth never makes attack. It merely is. And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real. Forgiveness bids this presence enter in and take its rightful place within the mind. Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.
- We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your Love has given us the means to set it free. Father, we would release it now. For as we offer freedom, it is given us. And we would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding freedom out to us.
In our second lesson about the ego, we learn that the ego’s lies are undone by truth. We have no quarrel with the ego. We do not gather weapons or armed forces against the ego. We do not smear the ego with a hate campaign on social media. We forgive it. We forgive it the years we were held spellbound by its dream. We forgive it for all the things it seemed to give us and then to snatch away. We forgive it for posing as truth and taking us down long, dark corridors that led nowhere. We forgive the ego because it was a ridiculous proposal, a mad idea, a ravenous void.
Hold a grudge against the ego or any of its separate parts, and we bind ourselves and the world. Be afraid of the ego and the harm it intends toward the Sons of God; it holds us prisoner. Try to be its friend, and it will eat us alive destroying everything in its wake. But forgive it, and we are free. Forgive it and it disappears. It fades away and is no more. Love and peace and joy are restored to us. We are no longer willing to give its lies so much as a toehold in our minds for we know the truth.
Today is the day to let go of the ego and its lies about creation, about God, about ourselves and one another. Today we put down separateness and specialness and embrace the oneness and unity of Christ. We forgive, not this one and that one, but the whole crazy disconnect that makes the world spin round in time, going nowhere fast. We remember who and what we really are. We wake to truth, and the world without ego is freed.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 332. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 468.
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