“The ego has built a shabby and unsheltering home for you, because it cannot build otherwise. Do not try to make this impoverished house stand. Its weakness is your strength. (T55)”
Affirmation: “Do not try to make the ego’s impoverished house stand.”
We are taught in our world that it is wise to build a strong ego. This is a principle that we learn not only in studying psychology, but also in living our lives. The ego is seen as the good guy.
Not so in the Course. The ego is a type of demon in the Course. We learn that the ego is always being undone, and that this is what is happening as we go through our lives. We know humiliation, and this is one of the prime ways that we know that we have been seeing through the ego.
In place of the ego, with its many judgments (which always lead us astray), we are bade to turn to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And we are bade to keep our egos humble. Jesus says that this is what the “meek” are all about. Meekness is not weakness, though the ego would tell us that it is. It is the greatest strength, because we are not trying to be something that we are not. We are Sons (and Daughters) of God, ever loved by Him. With this assurance, we will not hesitate to let the ego wither away.
May I have your help to let the ego’s impoverished house fall. May I know in my deepest building that this is what You want. This falling of the ego’s house will bring me peace.
The ego is not the good guy in my life, despite what this world has taught me. May I let go of egoistic thinking, and walk into the light at last.