“The ego is ‘suspicious at best and vicious at worst.’ And we should not underestimate its vengeance. If we wish a genuine healing of our hearts—not just fixing things, not just bandaging the broken aorta of the spirit—we must question the ego’s most fundamental assumptions. For only when we reject the ego’s account of who we are, can we begin to discover who we really are. And who we really are, is holy.
The word ego here means what it meant to the ancient Greeks: a small and separated self. When we identify with the ego, it’s like looking at a hangnail and thinking, “That’s who I am.” The ego is an impostor self, masquerading as who we really are yet in reality the embodiment of our own self-hatred. It is the power of our own minds turned against us, pretending to be our champion yet in reality undermining all our hopes an dreams. The ego is a delusional splinter that has cut itself off from our larger spiritual reality. It sets up a parallel mental kingdom in which it sees itself as different and special, always justified in keeping the rest of the world at bay.
Our holiness is both the opposite of and the antidote to the ego. It is a state of being in which we have reconnected with our Source, remembering that in fact we never left. We were created by God in a state of holiness, we were born onto the earth in a state of holiness, and we will return to this state upon our death.
When we remember who we are, when we stand firm in the light of our own true being as children of God, then the ego begins, however, gradually, to recede. Darkness cannot stand when we truly embrace the light—when we consciously foster it and devote ourselves to it. That is why recognizing who we are—that we are love, that we are as God created us—is the most important thing we can do in any instant. Love is our spiritual reality, untarnished by anything that has happened in the material world. When we forget this, thoughts of at least subtle attack and defense become a mental backdrop to our entire existence.”