I can give up but what was never real.
The idea is purification. Before we can turn to the Divine we must give up the things of the ego. We can’t have our cake and eat it too. Sorry. The things of the ego are impermanent and illusory and at their essence not real. So to give them up is to actually give up nothing. The things of the ego are like bubbles of champagne. They might tickle but they have no substance.
When we free ourselves to focus on the Divine we enter into the real, the ground of our being. It is written in the introduction to A Course In Miracles: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Here lies the peace of God.” Today’s lesson is the granting of peace.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we turn our will and lives over to the care of God which is Love which is what is real.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which will lead to giving up what is unreal in service of what is real. The search will take us beyond the things of the ego world to the Transcendent Source.
Today, it is suggested that we remind ourselves multiple times that we can give up the things of the ego because they were never real, and then remember what is real, our essence, which is Unconditional Love.