January 5

ACIM Self-Study: The Rewards of God

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The ego does not recognize the real source of “threat,” and if you associate yourself with the ego, you do not understand the situation as it is. (ACIM, T-4.VI.1:1)

Kapag associated or identified tayo with the ego, ang iisipin natin na source of threat ay external, or outside of us.

Pero ang totoong source of threat ay yung ego mismo. Ego yung unconscious part ng psyche natin at nag-fa-function siya sa fear. Fear OS (Operating System), sabi nga natin sa main page.

Pag hindi tayo aware sa ego, na-pro-project yung fear na yun sa lahat – sa ibang tao, sa sitwasyon, sa lahat ng bagay.

Yun kasi ang defense mechanism ng ego – projection.

²Only your allegiance to it gives the ego any power over you. ³I have spoken of the ego as if it were a separate thing, acting on its own. ⁴This was necessary to persuade you that you cannot dismiss it lightly, and must realize how much of your thinking is ego-directed. (ACIM, T-4.VI.1:2-4)

At kung hindi tayo aware, we are under the control of the ego.

Eto yung dahilan ng mga habitual reactions natin. Mga unconscious patterns of thinking (belief system) sila galing sa ego.

Kaya ‘di ba minsan (or madalas), may mga negative habits at behaviors tayo na ayaw nating gawin pero nagagawa pa rin natin? Ibig sabihin nun, the ego is running the show.

⁶The ego is nothing more than a part of your belief about yourself. ⁷Your other life has continued without interruption, and has been and always will be totally unaffected by your attempts to dissociate it. (ACIM, T-4.VI.1:6-7)

Yung ego ay belief about yourself – false identity na base sa career, sa role, sa kung anong meron ka, at kung anu-ano pang natutunan natin sa mundong ‘to.

Pero yung totoong ikaw, yung soul, ay nasa spiritual reality kasama si God sa buhay na walang hanggan.

Yung birth at death ay applicable lang sa ego. Pagkatapos ng human experience dito sa mundo, babalik tayo dun sa spiritual reality.

Sabi nga ng A Course in Miracles, this life is just a dream. Yung ego ang part ng psyche (“soul”) natin na natutulog.

You have very little trust in me as yet, but it will increase as you turn more and more often to me instead of to your ego for guidance. ²The results will convince you increasingly that this choice is the only sane one you can make. ³No one who learns from experience that one choice brings peace and joy while another brings chaos and disaster needs additional convincing. (ACIM, T-4.VI.3:1-3)

Normal part lang ng human experience yung ego. Kahit si Jesus may ego rin nung nagkatawang-tao siya.

Actually, yun yung inexample ni Jesus, kung paano ma-overcome yung ego. Kaya nga effective na guide si Jesus kasi naranasan niya ang pagiging tao.

Alam niya ang pinagkaiba ng results of the ego (pain at suffering) at rewards of God (peace, love, at joy).

Yung rewards of God ang “fruits of the spirit.” At laging available yung choice na yun sa atin.

⁴Learning through rewards is more effective than learning through pain, because pain is an ego illusion, and can never induce more than a temporary effect. ⁵The rewards of God, however, are immediately recognized as eternal. (ACIM, T-4.VI.3:4-5)

Pain is a great teacher. Natututo tayo pag nagkakamali tayo ng choice dahil masakit yung consequence ng wrong choice.

Pero love is a greater teacher than pain kasi love is the greatest lesson in life.

Pwede tayong matuto nang in love, nang masaya, nang nag-eenjoy. Hindi kailangang magdusa.

In fact, napag-alaman sa research ng mga experts na mas natututo tayo kapag nag-eenjoy tayo.

All pain is temporary, pero yung peace, love, at joy ay permanent. Kaya lagi lang silang nandiyan anytime na gusto natin silang ma-experience. Hindi sila nawawala.

Kahit nakakaranas tayo ng pain, nandiyan pa rin yung peace, love, at joy.

Kumbaga sa panahon, kapag maulan, sa likod ng mga madilim na ulap ay sumisikat pa rin ang araw – hindi lang natin nakikita.

⁷You may believe that you have already accepted this difference, but you are by no means convinced as yet. ⁸The fact that you believe you must escape from the ego shows this; but you cannot escape from the ego by humbling it or controlling it or punishing it. (ACIM, T-4.VI.3:7-8)

Kahit na kontrabida yung ego, hindi natin ‘to dapat tratuhin na masamang kalaban. Kasi pag inaway natin yung ego, parang inaaway rin natin ang ating sarili.

Hindi dapat takasan ang ego. “Spiritual bypassing” ang tawag dun pag tinatakasan ang ego. Hindi ganun ang pag-overcome ng ego.

Ang tamang way ay thru forgiveness, na possible lang thru love.

⁶Love does not conquer all things, but it does set all things right. (ACIM, T-4.VI.7:6)

Love does not conquer, kasi ang alam lang ng love ay mag-forgive. Kaya lahat ng pagkakamali ay naitatama ng pagmamahal.


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