“Peace is the ego’s greatest enemy because, according to its interpretation of reality, war is the guarantee of its survival. (T79-80)”
Affirmation: “Peace is the ego’s greatest enemy.”
1 – Attack Strengthens the Ego
When we are tempted to attack our brother, may we realize that it is the ego up to its old tricks. The more we attack, the stronger the ego in us becomes. Do we really want this? I think not. We can take a timeout, a break of any kind, exiting ourselves from the irritating situation. We can say a mantra, breathe deeply, especially pray for calm–all of which are personal recommendations not cited in A Course in Miracles. We are most likely to attack when we are stressed. We are most likely to get angry when we are stressed. So, if we reduce the stress, we are well on our way to reducing the ego in ourselves. And what a joy that is! We think that egotistical thinking helps to fuel our ambition, to lead us to greater heights of achievement. But actually we are pulled down by the ego in exact ratio to how much we seem to be on a lofty plane. The ego is always being undone. We have set it up that way (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
2 – Drama Best Avoided
When we are peaceful, we may at first feel that we are not as “alive” as we would like to be. This is the longing for drama in our relationships, and it is a sick longing. Peace is actually the best thing that can happen to us. Elsewhere the Course says that we are meant to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time. This may sound extreme, but the things of heaven are obscure to us. I have a friend who does not think that drama is all bad. She indicated that she would not want to be “perfectly calm and quiet” all the time. But lately she has been taking a prescribed mild tranquillizer, and she reported to me that she doesn’t go “over the top” anymore. I plan to ask her eventually if “perfectly calm and quiet” is still not a goal that she would ever seek. We are not living when we are caught up in adrenaline-producing drama. We are riding the tide of the ego.
3 – Just Allow Peace to Be
When we allow peace to be, we reduce the size and complexity of the ego. We reduce its influence on us. Elsewhere we learn in the Course that the first obstacle that peace must flow across is the desire to get rid of it. This sounds like a paradox, but if we reflect, we will see that the statement is true. We too often want drama to make ourselves feel alive.
4 – A Better Way Shown in ACIM
The Course holds out a better way for us. Invite peace in our daily lives, and we will soon know a joy that is boundless–even if everything is not perfect in this world. We will know a mellow feeling that is close to the peace that passeth understanding. And we must not seek to get rid of this mellow feeling, even though, when unused to it, we may rush toward a drama-filled scenario again. Let’s don’t do that. It is completely counterproductive to everything that A Course in Miracles says.
May I long for peace in my life far more than I long for drama. May I realize that drama only strengthens the ego, and this I do not want.
May I have, today, the peace that passeth understanding. May I not seek to rush back to some drama-filled situation out of boredom. May I put my quiet times to good use. And may I be a blessing to my significant others as I walk through my day today.
May I have Your inner calm and quiet. This is the best way that I can come to know You, and it is this that I want.