January 2

ACIM Self-Study: The Ego-Body Illusion

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²Thoughts of God are unacceptable to the ego, because they clearly point to the nonexistence of the ego itself. ³The ego therefore either distorts them or refuses to accept them. ⁴It cannot, however, make them cease to be. ⁵It therefore tries to conceal not only “unacceptable” body impulses, but also the Thoughts of God, because both are threatening to it. (ACIM, T-4.V.2:2-5)

Yung Thoughts of God ay mga thoughts base sa love, kabaliktaran ng thoughts of ego na base sa fear.

Kaya unacceptable talaga sa ego yung Thoughts of God. In denial of truth ang ego. Pero kahit i-deny ang truth, hindi tumitigil ang truth sa pagiging totoo.

Yung body ay messenger of the soul. Pinapadala ng body yung message through feelings. Eto yung tinatawag na “intuition,” or “kutob” sa Filipino. Lahat tayo merong intuition, hindi lang tayo laging aware.

At ang humahadlang sa awareness na yun ay yung ego. Kaya ‘di ba madalas tama yung kutob mo, pero binabalewala mo lang kasi hindi nag-me-make sense. Tapos, pag binalikan mo yung mga pangyayari, mare-realize mo na lang, “sabi ko na nga ba eh!”

Remember: your soul knows what your mind cannot understand.

Any thought system that confuses God and the body must be insane. ²Yet this confusion is essential to the ego, which judges only in terms of threat or non-threat to itself. (ACIM, T-4.V.3:1-2)

Yung thought system ng ego identifies with the body, kaya confusing pag sinabing hindi ka separate from God.

Fear and conflict – eto nga yung mga qualities ng ego na napag-usapan natin nung nakaraan.

So pag may conflicting na bagay, fear ang basehan ng judgment ng ego.

And since threat yung Thoughts of God, logical lang yung “fear of God.”

The body is the ego’s home by its own election. ²It is the only identification with which the ego feels safe, since the body’s vulnerability is its own best argument that you cannot be of God. (ACIM, T-4.V.4:1-2)

Dahil yung ego ay hindi at home with God, yung body ang kino-consider niyang home.

Ginagamit rin ng ego yung vulnerability ng body to provide a false sense of safety from fear of God. Eto yung version of “peace” ng ego.

⁴Yet the ego hates the body, because it cannot accept it as good enough to be its home. ⁵Here is where the mind becomes actually dazed. ⁶Being told by the ego that it is really part of the body and that the body is its protector, the mind is also told that the body cannot protect it. (ACIM, T-4.V.4:4-6)

Biruin mo yang confusion na yan ng ego, kahit ako nalito eh!

Identified yung ego sa body, pero hate rin ng ego yung body. Anong resulta? Self-hatred.

Kasi yung body is not enough for the ego. Nothing is good enough for the ego.

Para sa ego, the mind is part of the body. Pero actually, the body is part of the mind.

²“Seek and ye shall find” does not mean that you should seek blindly and desperately for something you would not recognize. ³Meaningful seeking is consciously undertaken, consciously organized and consciously directed. (ACIM, T-4.V.5:2-3)

Sa ego iba, “Seek and ye shall NOT find.” Bulag kasi ang ego sa mga bagay na hinahanap niya.

Nandito na’t lahat yung peace, love, at joy pero hindi ma-recognize ng ego kasi hindi niya yun alam.

Unconscious ang ego. So para matagpuan yung peace, love, at joy, kailangan lang maging conscious ka sa kanila.

The ego thinks it is an advantage not to commit itself to anything that is eternal, because the eternal must come from God. (ACIM, T-4.V.6:1)

Ah, kaya naman pala. Yung peace, love, at joy kasi are eternal attributes of God.

So kung may fear of God, makes sense lang rin yung fear of peace, fear of love, at fear of joy.

⁴By becoming involved with tangential issues, it hopes to hide the real question and keep it out of mind. ⁵The ego’s characteristic busyness with nonessentials is for precisely that purpose. ⁶Preoccupations with problems set up to be incapable of solution are favorite ego devices for impeding learning progress. (ACIM, T-4.V.6:4-6)

Pero ang gagawin ng ego, hahanapin niya sa ibang bagay yung peace, love, at joy, basta not from God.

So super busy ang ego sa paghahanap nun. Kaso dun rin nagkaka-problema: hindi makita ng ego yung hinahanap niya. “Seek and ye shall NOT find.”

Tapos, hahanapan rin ng solution ng ego yung problemang yun.

Dun umiikot yung busyness ng ego: gagawa siya ng sarili niyang problema tapos hahanapan ng solution na hindi matatagpuan.

Kung pagninilayan natin ‘to nang taimtim, ma-re-realize natin na ganito ang nature ng lahat ng problem sa mundo: “Seek and ye shall NOT find.”

⁷In all these diversionary tactics, however, the one question that is never asked by those who pursue them is, “What for?” ⁸This is the question that you must learn to ask in connection with everything. ⁹What is the purpose? ¹⁰Whatever it is, it will direct your efforts automatically. (ACIM, T-4.V.6:7-10)

Sa pagninilay natin, ang magandang tanungin sa ating sarili ay “Para saan?”

Ang purpose nung tanong ay para maging conscious tayo sa mga bagay na ginagawa natin sa lahat ng aspeto ng buhay.

Sabi ni Jesus, “Ang para kay Cesar ay kay Cesar, at sa Diyos ang sa Diyos.”

Nire-represent ni Cesar yung mga makamundong bagay. Walang mali sa kanila. Nandiyan sila para ma-enjoy natin.

Nagiging mali lang kung hahanapin yung sa Diyos – yung peace, love, at joy – sa mundo, kasi hindi sila dun matatagpuan.

Matatagpuan mo sila sa’yong sarili. Dahil ikaw ay sa Diyos.


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