“The impulse to struggle and defend is the impulse that moves the egoic world because the ego is only concerned with its survival.” COL bk.2, 18:II
Perhaps we can read in this quotation from Choose Only Love the implication that to struggle and defend are false issues for us. Certainly struggle is not God’s way with us. His way of speaking to us is all peace. And defending our little territory of mind and heart in this world is not the way, either. Yes, struggling in vain and defending our way as the only way are both signs of an egoic leaning.
The ego would like to continue to lead us around. But its days are numbered. In A Course of Love, as we read through it meditatively, we discover that the ego has left us. If we latch onto a new way of living, we will not build a new ego on the ashes of the first one. And we would not choose to do that, for such a futile choice would take away all our gains.
When tempted to struggle with an issue, go within and get quiet. In the silence, God will speak to us. He knows that serenity is one of our greatest blessings. And He will bring serenity to our personal issues in life. Serenity irons out the difficulties, and we will walk a smooth pathway as we go along.
Defenses do what they would defend, as A Course in Miracles tells us. So a defensive attitude in life is not the way either. Drop our defenses today. We will be the better for it.
Give up the ego and egotistical leanings as bad choices. Let the subconscious mind be cleansed as we pray for help.
This in itself will go a long way toward saying good-bye to the ego.