“The ego will not be destroyed because it is part of your thought, but because it is uncreative and therefore unsharing. (T87)”
Affirmation: “The ego is uncreative and unsharing.”
1 – When the Ego Is in Charge
The ego represents a false self, the little self–not the Self. We are asked to live as though we were not an ego. We can realize that the ego will just wither away when our false thinking is eliminated and we are living under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We will still have a personal self (from A Course of Love), but this personal self will be informed by the guidance that with gain through embodying Christ-consciousness or Awakening. Note that the use of the term “ego” in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love is not precisely what today’s psychology means by the term. Today’s psychology would believe that we need a strong sense of self, or ego, out of which successful living can result. And unless this sense of self is made strong, we will waffle and be ineffective individuals. But ACIM and ACOL mean a egoic state of mind that does not acknowledge that we are part of a whole, God, of Whom we know very little. The egoic state of mind rarely looks for guidance from the Being Who knows all factors that impinge on any decision. We need to give up judgment and acquiesce to a Higher Power, Who does know all the factors in our world–past, present, and future. And this guidance means that our egoic state will wither away, and we can be assured that the loss of “ego” in these terms is a fortunate happening.
2 – Soften the Heart
What does it mean to say that the ego is uncreative and unsharing? We isolate ourselves when we feel oncoming the hard, tough shell of the ego. It is an unloving stance, and one that we would be wise to recognize when it rears its head. Pray to leave this uncreative and unsharing aspect of ourselves behind. Soften the heart, and lean unto its counsel. Then we will feel more a part of our brothers and sisters. We will love.
3 – The Self
The ego is “uncreative.” Surely this makes sense! The ego has only “made” things (a Course concept). Creativity is of the Self, not of the little self, which is egoistic in the extreme. May we live so that we are the real Self, insofar as we can ascertain. Then we will let the ego and its unproductive part of ourselves collapse. Then we will be ever more ready for God, metaphorically, to reach down and lift us up to Awakening (or Christ-consciousness). In the meantime, before we sustain Christ-consciousness, we will very likely see glimpses of that better state of mind and spirit that will encourage and keep us going forward in God’s own Way. These glimpses may not yet last, but they will be harbingers of the way that we are to be when we have walked the complete pathway home.
May I realize that the ego will not be destroyed because I need it, but because I do not. It is uncreative and unsharing. This is the opposite of the way that I want to be.
May my creativity blossom as I let the ego wither away. May I share more with my brothers and sisters. These two blessings will enable me to realize that the ego is unneeded and undesired.