A Course
In Miracles

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What Is the Ego?

1. 1The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death. 2It is the “will” that sees the Will of God as enemy, and takes a form in which it is denied. 3The ego is the “proof” that strength is weak and love is fearful, life is really death, and what opposes God alone is true.

2. 1The ego is insane. 2In fear it stands beyond the Everywhere, apart from All, in separation from the Infinite. 3In its insanity it thinks it has become a victor over God Himself. 4And in its terrible autonomy it “sees” the Will of God has been destroyed. 5It dreams of punishment, and trembles at the figures in its dreams; its enemies, who seek to murder it before it can ensure its safety by at­tacking them.

3. 1The Son of God is egoless. 2What can he know of madness and the death of God, when he abides in Him? 3What can he know of sorrow and of suffering, when he lives in eternal joy? 4What can he know of fear and punishment, of sin and guilt, of hatred and attack, when all there is surrounding him is everlasting peace, forever conflict-free and undisturbed, in deepest silence and tran­quility?

4. 1To 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. 2In suffering, the price for faith in it is so immense that crucifixion of the Son of God is offered daily at its darkened shrine, and blood must flow before the altar where its sickly followers prepare to die.

5. 1Yet will one lily of forgiveness change the darkness into light; the altar to illusions to the shrine of Life Itself. 2And peace will be restored forever to the holy minds which God created as His Son, His dwelling place, His joy, His love, completely His, completely one with Him.