Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Ego – The Miracle – Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles discuss ACIM

Bruce Rawles - Susan Dugan

Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles read and talk about the second section from the Clarification of Terms in A Course In Miracles:The Ego – The Miracle” (C-2) in this YouTube video. As usual, this section of the Course points out the stark contrast between the thought systems of insanity (the ego) and sanity (the miracle.) The former ultimately – as we gradually release our silly investment in masochism (and its projected form, sadism) – is seen, with Holy Sprit’s help as nothing … and nothing to “get hung about” as the Beatles advised. Fortunately, the latter thought system is our neglected inheritance of everything, where we need do nothing because we see that we’re all complete. Our Inner Kindness Teacher keeps asking us (regarding the efficacy of our absurd, silly choice for ego) this rhetorical question: “How’s that (crazy belief in separation) workin’ out for ya?”

Here are the first three paragraphs of the “The Ego – The Miracle” (C-2) section:

“Illusions will not last. Their death is sure and this alone is certain in their world. It is the ego’s world because of this. What is the ego? But a dream of what you really are. A thought you are apart from your Creator and a wish to be what He created not. It is a thing of madness, not reality at all. A name for namelessness is all it is. A symbol of impossibility; a choice for options that do not exist. We name it but to help us understand that it is nothing but an ancient thought that what is made has immortality. But what could come of this except a dream which, like all dreams, can only end in death?

What is the ego? Nothingness, but in a form that seems like something. In a world of form the ego cannot be denied for it alone seems real. Yet could God’s Son as He created him abide in form or in a world of form? Who asks you to define the ego and explain how it arose can be but he who thinks it real, and seeks by definition to ensure that its illusive nature is concealed behind the words that seem to make it so.

There is no definition for a lie that serves to make it true. Nor can there be a truth that lies conceal effectively. The ego’s unreality is not denied by words nor is its meaning clear because its nature seems to have a form. Who can define the undefinable? And yet there is an answer even here.”C-2.1-3

(This video was recorded on October 2, 2020.)

If you have questions or comments about this video, prior videos in this ACIM-related video series or other Course-related topics, please email them via the contact form. Susan and Bruce will review and try to respond to questions and suggestions for future conversations. We look forward to extending the conversation with you!

Here are some prior ACIM-related conversations with Susan Dugan and Bruce Rawles.

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