“I repeat, and will do so again and again, that the ego-self is gone from you. Whether you fully realize this or not matters not. This A Course of Love has accomplished. Now the choice is before you to do one of two things. . .to proceed toward love or fear. If you proceed with fear you will assemble a new ego-self, an ego-self that perhaps will seem superior to the old, but which will nonetheless still be an ego-self. If you proceed with love, you will come to know your Christ-Self.” (A Course of Love, T3:4.8)
Yes, the ego-self is gone from us. The first book of A Course of Love accomplished this, making us The Accomplished. It is not ego that says this. It is the unparalleled good sense. Jesus says it. Can we not believe it?
If we continue to walk with fear. we are in danger, for we will be tempted to form a new ego-self. Jesus says in fact that we will form a new ego-self, if fear intrudes on our peace. We need to get rid of the fear, for our right minds depend on it.
On the other hand, if we proceed with love, we will come to know our Christ-Self, the inner essence that is our real Self.
We need to make the distinction between fear and love to make the right choices upcoming. We need to know that we are safe in this world, that nothing can harm us, that the blood that we see is merely catsup, and that illusions are not reasons to be frightened. We need to see reality, and reality will launch us toward love. We see reality when we trust, for, as A Course in Miracles affirms, trust is the bedrock of our new thought system, the thought system of love, of the Christ-Self. We give up fear when we recognize how divisive a force it has been in clogging up our minds. Our minds are precious indeed, but we have walked with an insane mind.
Now we can walk with a sane mind by listening to our heart. Our heart is our saving grace in this new reality in which we find ourselves. Only our heart can save us now. Let us proceed by listening to our heart, a part of our being that needs no proof of God. In our inner essence, we just know that we are not all alone in the universe. That we have an indwelling spirit that means us well. And that that indwelling spirit is God Himself.