FAQ Tag Archives: ego

Will transcending the ego mean losing my personal identity?

Q. I can’t help feeling a little apprehension about waking up or transcending the ego, because I feel like I will be losing my personal identity. I will probably gain more than I lose, but I’m not clear on what that will be. A. The fear of loss of identity, of course, is at the […]

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Why does the Course say “life is thought” when some enlightened teachers say that thought is of the ego?

Q. In Lesson 54, it says “If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.” Some enlightened teachers like Eckhart Tolle or Sri Nisargadatta Maharash say that thought is of the ego and that our Self exists in a state of pure being. They claim to not think except when they […]

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What does Jesus mean when he says “I am the teacher of the ego”?

Q. I’ve been studying the Urtext and am fascinated by the notion that Jesus is the “teacher of the ego.” I’m just wondering if you could direct me to something you’ve already written or give me some of your thoughts that perhaps you haven’t yet written about this most intriguing idea of Jesus teaching our […]

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When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will not have a body or be in this world?

Q. When we have transcended the ego, does that mean we will no longer have a body, no longer be in this world, and no longer see this world? A. Basically, yes. The ego is the belief that we are a separate being, living in a world of other separate beings and contending with them; […]

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When the body dies, is that the end of the ego?

Q. When the body dies, is that the end of the ego? A. That’s actually one of those rare questions that the Course gives conflicting answers about. In Chapter 4 of the Text, we find these passages: The so-called “battle for survival” [in myths] is only the ego’s struggle to preserve itself, and its interpretation […]

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Isn’t it true that there is only one ego, not “your ego” or “my ego”?

Q. I keep hearing students talk about “my ego,” as opposed to “your ego.” But isn’t that a mistake, because isn’t there only one ego? A. I’ve heard people say that there is only one ego, but the Course itself does not talk that way. Rather, it talks in terms of individual egos. Note these […]

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Should We Forgive the Ego?

It seems to me that Course students are constantly condemning the ego and fighting against it. This seems to contradict the Course's teaching on forgiveness. Since the Course says we should forgive everyone, shouldn't we forgive the ego as well?

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Will taking medicine reinforce the ego?

I have an illness, and am concerned about taking physical medicine. I know the Course does not forbid this, but since physical medicine is magic, won't taking it reinforce my ego?

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Problems and the ego

In my Course group, people seem to blame all of their problems on the ego—almost a "devil made me do it" kind of attitude. What attitude would the Course have us hold toward the ego?

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Ego fights back

I find that when I get closer to God, my ego fights back, bringing painful experiences into my life. My fear of this has slowed my progress to God. How would the Course have us deal with this problem?

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