Exposing the ego
A few nights ago I was listening to a spiritual video explaining that when you make a commitment to Awaken and invite the Spirit into your life to expedite this process, He accepts the invitation.
You would think that as soon as Spirit accepts this invitation your life would become one of gentle, soft spirituality, nice thoughts, loving meditations and kindred souls being together and being really nice to one another.
I have found that as soon as you invite Spirit into your mind for real and make it very clear that the peace of God is your one and only goal, what follows is that the light of spirit lights up all the ego reactions, all the false beliefs, all the insanity, all the raw fears – so they can be looked at fully and then lovingly shined away.
When you are doing a thorough house cleaning, sometimes you have to get down on your hands and knees, crawl under the table, turn the rug over and get behind the bookshelves so that the cobwebs, dust bunnies and general debris can be fully exposed before they are sucked up in the vacuum or wiped away with a clean cloth.
When you are experiencing fear and negative reaction for any reason in your life, at any time and in any situation, it is because the ego is being exposed. In these moments of exposure it is up to us what happens from that point.
Rather than trying to get away from the fear by projecting it, ignoring it, minimizing it, sugar coating it, or distracting yourself from it (all ego tactics) – move into it, bring it to the light and ask the Higher Power to take it and shine it away. The Holy Spirit cannot take away what you’ve hidden from Him. I have developed the habit of inviting the Spirit to look at my fear with me. What I know for sure is that when I remember to do this something miraculous happens. When I do this He evaluates it, removes the falsity from it and gives it back to me purified. I am left in the release of love.
So let the dust bunnies be exposed. This is the work;
the awakening. Over time and willingness, doing this work of letting the ego become exposed brings subtle and increased peace. What triggered you before will not carry the same charge. Ego reactions fall away and become more and more meaningless, and you are left sitting in the light of love and increased peace.
Let the exposing begin, and if it has already begun fear not, you are right on time, doing the work, exercising the courage, and in the end uncovering the truth. The peace of God is in the process of being exposed.
With much love,
“Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.”
From lesson 333, ACIM
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