The ego tries to exploit all situations into forms of praise for itself in order to overcome its doubts. It will remain doubtful as long as you believe in its existence. You who made it cannot trust it, because in your right mind you realize it is not real. T-4.I.8:1-3
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
The ego loves praise, what psychologists call “stroking,” because it reinforces the ego’s belief that it is real. And yet no amount of stroking no matter how flattering is ever enough because the ego only craves more. When is enough, enough? There is never enough praise because the illusion of the ego is insatiable as long as one chooses to believe in it.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we turn our willfulness over to the will of God. We come to realize that the willfulness of our ego leads to suffering. We come to understand that we have a choice between the suffering of the ego or the peace of God. We can choose.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. A person’s inherent worth and dignity does not arise from their ego but from their Transcendent Source of which they are a manifestation.
Today, it is suggested that we recognize and acknowledge our choice between the suffering of the ego and the peace of God. We can clean away the things of the ego so that the peace of God can arise which is our natural inheritance.