I want to focus on several passages from A Course in Miracles in which Jesus is speaking directly to us about what he can and will do for us. They are as follows:
“I will substitute for your ego if you wish, but never for your spirit. A father can safely leave a child with an elder brother who has shown himself responsible, but this involved no confusion about the child’s origin. (T56)”
“I can be entrusted with your body and your ego only because this will enable you not to be concerned with them, and lets me teach you their unimportance. (T56)”
“I need devoted teachers who share my aim of healing the mind. (T56)”
1 – Reassuring Passages
These are all reassuring passages that indicate Jesus is aware of us, and he is able to be with any number of people all at once, a cloning, if you will.
2 – Ego
Jesus will “substitute” for our ego, when we still feel the need to have an ego. Psychology often tells us that we need a well-integrated ego, but this definition of ego is different from the definition in ACIM. The definition in psychology is a center around which the personality can well assimilate. The definition in ACIM is a false belief about ourselves, a persona that doesn’t cause our personality to assimilate properly.
3 – Difference
In this sense, the definition in psychology and the definition in A Course in Miracles are at loggerheads with each other.
4 – Ego re ACIM
We need to focus on the second definition, the one from ACIM. We don’t want to enhance a false sense of self, of the personal self. We want this false sense, this persona, to just wither away, and so we seek to turn aside from it to whatever extent we can at any given moment.
5 – Jesus
Let Jesus assume control of the ego that we recognize. Then the ego is in good hands, and we don’t have to worry about reinforcing it, for Jesus will grant us a positive persona that can give us good days.
6 – Ego and Body
We will not be concerned with either the ego or the body when we let Jesus be in charge. This accepts Jesus as a very personal friend, and this is all that he seeks. This acceptance is all, for him.
7 – Healing
When we let Jesus take over the ego, the healing of our minds is underway. This is the bottom line reason that letting go of the ego is so important.
8 – Healed Mind
And all of us want a healed mind.
May this day we listen to what Jesus has told us in A Course in Miracles. May we set outside any question that we have about the origin of ACIM. May we be healed by these words. May our day be a harmonious, peaceful way to follow the way of the Holy Spirit.
Be with us as we see an end to this day, a beginning to another one. May our day go well, in harmony and peace.