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Lesson 332 Fear Binds The World. Forgiveness Sets It Free.

II.  SECTION 12. What is the Ego?

Lesson 332 Fear binds the world.  Forgiveness sets it free.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.[1]
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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.   


[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 332. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).  p. 468.

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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