Nothing can reach spirit from the ego, and nothing can reach the ego from spirit. Spirit can neither strengthen the ego nor reduce the conflict within it. The ego is a contradiction. Your self and God’s Self are in opposition. They are opposed in source, in direction and in outcome. They are fundamentally irreconcilable, because spirit cannot perceive and the ego cannot know. They are therefore not in communication and can never be in communication. Nevertheless, the ego can learn, even though its maker can be misguided. He cannot, however, make the totally lifeless out of the life-given. T-4:1.2:6 - 14
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
A Course In Miracles teaches that the ego is an illusion. Our self is not real. It is not who we are. When we separated ourselves from our Transcendent Source, we set off on a path thinking we could author a self. It is like cosplay. The Spirit knows nothing of what we have created and think is real. We are merely watching shadows on the wall in Plato’s cave.
However, in our disappointment, frustration, resentment, fear, and guilt, it dawns on us that what we have created may not be authentic. And we begin a search for our Transcendent Source. As it says in the introduction to ACIM, “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
In Alcoholics Anonymous, it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our willfulness over to the will of God, and in Unitarian Universalism we affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which will ultimately take us from the unreal to the real.
Today, it is suggested that we recognize and acknowledge that the things of the ego will never satisfy our yearning and that we have been looking for love in all the wrong places. It is time to turn our attention from the things of the ego to the things of spirit.