“To know reality is not to see the ego and its thoughts, its works, its acts, its laws and its beliefs, its dreams, its hopes, its plans for its salvation, and the cost belief in it entails.” (ACIM, W-12. What Is the Ego?)
When we know true reality, we have left the ego behind. Jesus says in A Course of Love that we have, during the point of reading, left the ego behind, though bits and pieces of its thinking may still engulf us.
We don’t have to be engulfed. The ego has many facets, all of which lead us to a dead end. And its manner of thinking is completely insane. With such a guide, is it any wonder that we wander in pain and suffering? The ego, made by us, does not wish us well, for it was made in hate. And nothing made in hate would wish his maker well.
The Holy Spirit (ACIM) and the inner Christ Self (ACOL) are our way out of this morass. We have at our disposal the way to remove the blocks to love’s awareness. We need simply call on the Holy Spirit or listen to our Self to know the way home. We don’t have to live like this any longer. There is a way out.
The ego will entrap as long as we seek for material pleasures with the rejection of the intangible joys of spirit. Most of us now know that material blessings do not satisfy for long; we always want more and different. But in a materialistic society, we are apt to forget this as we journey along the way.
The ego takes a big toll on us; there is a big cost. Don’t be fooled anymore by the glittering aspects of illusion that dangle from the ego’s entrapment of us. Look to true reality to find the real blessings in life.