“Where the original Course in Miracles was a course in thought reversal and mind training, a course to point out the insanity of the identity crisis and dislodge the ego’s hold, this is a course to establish your identity and to end the reign of the ego. (A Course of Love, P.8)”
Affirmation: “Let us end the reign of the ego.”
1 – An Overview
This is a concise statement that will be amplified later on in A Course of Love. It makes a clear delineation between A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. We are led, farther on, to the understanding that we need further instruction, because with what do we replace the reign of the ego? A Course of Love is Jesus’s next step in clarification for us. To end the reign of the ego is a negative, but to live “establish your identity” is a positive. Let us add our thought to his, the thought of our heart, to try to understand and to ask for a heartfelt key to our real identity.
2 – Jesus
We are children of God, and we are brothers to Jesus. He has already walked the pathway, and in A Course of Love, later on, he says that accepting him is a necessary prelude to the pathway that we have chosen. Of course, we learned in A Course in Miracles that there are other teachers, but we who are studying together have chosen Jesus as our guide, and it behooves us to accept him fully into our heart. He can help us, even if we remained somewhat detached from him, but he can help us so much more if we truly invite him into our hearts. Then the glorious blessings are not stopped by doubt.
3 – End of the Ego
So the reign of the ego ends when we have been through the whole trilogy of A Course of Love. The first volume, which we are considering in the next several months, is still a learning experience. Later on, we will find out that there is a time for learning to cease, and for observation to be our way in this world. But I am getting ahead of ourselves. For now it is enough to know that the truths of A Course of Love give us a certainty of salvation that we may have missed until now. And A Course of Love (ACOL) gives us reassurance that our own imperfections do not truly matter. Jesus can and will step in to correct mistakes that we have not been able to change (this is also a tenet of ACIM).
My ego is what gets me in trouble. It is weakened somewhat, in that I am not nearly as overtly goal-driven, in an egoic sense, as I used to be. I no longer thrive on competition (nor feel demoralized by competition). So again today I ask that You help me to step aside from the egoic mind and to truly let the weakened ego just die. When I say this, I am thinking of the ego as a part of myself that is actually an insane part of my mind.
I would follow my spirit, informed by You, from my depths. By this I mean the Self that knows far better than my personal self what I should do next with my life. And “next” means tonight and tomorrow, as well as years down the road.
Be with me as I seek to follow the way that Jesus points out for all of us. May I be a good steward of the thoughts that we see in this coursework, and may I interpret with a clear mind and heart what my spirit understands.