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Q&A IV- Are you an independent agent?

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 VI. Questions – Are you an independent agent?

  1. Who is God? What is ego? What is the same for both God and ego? What is different?
  2. What keeps us from total surrender to God? Were we created dependent on God? Are we giving up anything in depending on God? What are we giving up in turning to God for everything?
  3. Is independence attractive? What would it take to gain independence? If we made ego in order to experience independence, did we succeed?
  4. What is ego? How does ego get us to forget who we really are? What is our identity when allied with ego? When allied with God?
  5. How does ego try to prevent us from turning to God? How does ego stay in existence? How is ego the full power of God turned against ourselves?
  6. Is ego our only problem? Is there a solution to our problem?
  7. Is God independent, autonomous? Do we need God to complete ourselves? Is dependence on God a good idea?
  8. What is the relationship between freedom and God-dependence? What is the relationship between freedom and ego-dependence?
  9.   Can you be both dependent and free? Is it possible to be independent of both God and ego? Is it possible to be completely free of ego? Is it desirable?
  10. If we think of God as the ocean and His creations as waves, where does the wave end and the ocean begin? Where does God end and His creation begin?
  11. Can a wave create the ocean? Can a creation create its creator?
  12. What prevents a wave from totally merging with the ocean? What prevents us from totally immersing ourselves in God? What does it mean to lose ourselves in God?
  13. How can two waves meet? How can you and I truly meet?
  14. What is our true relationship with God? What is our true relationship with each other? What with ego? What is the gap between our experience and our true relationships?
  15. Misapplications to guard against– Can you be both dependent on God and responsible for your actions?
  16. How can you apply these ideas in your daily life? How much do you depend on God? How does ego try to prevent you from turning to God?
  17. How would you summarize the ideas regarding dependence on God or on ego?

IV. Answers – Are you an independent agent? NO

 
  1. Who is God? God is love, goodness, holiness, all the power in the universe, the Creator of all that is, an idea in my mind. What is ego? Ego is also an idea in my mind, an idea that I could replace God as my source. It is a false idea. What is the same for both God and ego? They are both ideas, both in my mind, both have identities. What is different? God is a true idea, while ego is a false idea. God is everything, ego is nothing. God has a true identity and ego a false one. We originated from God and ego originated from us. We were created to create like God, but we could not create our source – that ego would have us believe, since that is how it came into our minds. We have an interdependent relationship with God and ego has a parasitic relationship with us. We are one with God. Ego would have us believe separation possible. God created us innocent, while ego depends on our guilt.
  2. What keeps us from total surrender to God? Fear of loss of independence behind which is ego, needing our dependence on it in order to survive. Were we created dependent on God? Yes, God created us dependent on Him, as He is dependent on us. Are we giving up anything in depending on God? No, because we never had independence. We were created one with God, not independent of God. Independence is an illusion, a spell we are under when allied with ego. It is not possible to be independent as we were created interdependent for all eternity. What are we giving up in turning to God for everything? In our utter and total surrender to God we give up nothing and gain everything.
  3. What would be required to gain independence? We would have to push God aside. We would have to make our own source to replace God as source. If we made ego in order to experience independence, did we succeed? Nope, God is our source, irreplaceable. Nothing happened in truth. However, when we chose to depend on ego instead of God we turned the full power of God against ourselves. We gained nothing and lost everything, or so it seems. Fortunately we can choose again.
  4. What is ego? Ego is a false idea we invited into our minds and then invested with the full power of God. Ego is an idea we entertained to replace God and is sustained through the power of our belief. Though not real,   ego is both fearful and desirable because it promises independence. Ego is an idea of separation, an idea that we could be different from how God created us. Ego is an imposter, non-existent in truth because we could not be different from how God created us, we could not be independent. Ego is the cause of all suffering, lack, bondage… Once given life, ego is determined to live, and that at our expense, thus it convinces us to listen to it rather than to God within.   It is a voice in our minds attempting to replace the voice for God though God cannot be replaced. Ego always speaks loudest and first for its needs at our expense. Ego is competitive while God speaks of peace and offers only peace. Ego is an idea of conflict, limitation, separation, imperfection, independence, choice, undeservedness… all based on guilt. Ego is an idea that things could happen to us against our holy will. We are as we were created – all-powerful - nothing can happen to us except by our will. How does ego get us to forget who we really are? We made ego to make our own source. Then we convinced ourselves that ego is our source and since that is not true our premise is false, therefore we don't know who we are. What is our identity when allied with ego? We think we are our bodies. We think we are nothing since our source, ego, is nothing. We think we are guilty, limited, vulnerable, lacking… When allied with God? We know we are precious children of a holy loving creator and we know we are whole, complete, perfect and innocent because our premise is correct.
  5. How does ego try to prevent us from turning to God? By telling us that God judges, damns, condemns, punishes... Nothing could be further from God's mind. How does ego stay in existence? By distracting us away from it as the cause of all our trouble. All we have to do is look at ego and it disappears. Since ego does not want to disappear, it tries to convince us that God is the cause of our problems, or that we are victims of forces beyond our control… It tries to distract us with the things of the world. It tries to convince us to trust in our independence rather than in God who wants to give us everything. How is ego the full power of God turned against ourselves? When God created us He gave us His mind. When we made ego, we in turn gave it God's mind.
  6. Is ego our only problem? Yes.   Suffering is a symptom, not the problem. Ego is the cause of all problems therefore it is our only problem ever. Separation is a symptom of ego as well – ego wants us to think ourselves separate rather than one with everyone and everything or interdependent. Is there a solution to our problem? When we look at ego we see its nothingness, and then it disappears. If we fight, threaten, defend, make friends with, punish, embarrass or hate ego, we make it real. However, for the simple act of calmly looking, we need all the help in the universe.   The last thing ego wants us to do is look, therefore it uses every trick in the book to divert our attention away from merely looking. Once seen truly ego is exposed as the imposter it has always been, and it will be impossible for it to fool us into depending on it or believing in it. When we withdraw belief from ego, it simply vanishes without a trace.
  7. Is God independent, autonomous? No, God gave up His autonomy when He created us. He depends on us as much as we depend on Him. Our relationship with God is a healthy mutually enriching dependency. Do we need God to complete ourselves? No - God created us whole and complete within ourselves, lacking nothing, for God's creations are created perfectly in His image and likeness. However without God we are nothing for nothing can happen without God. Is dependence on God a good idea? Yes, as it is the truth anyway. No use fighting what is in our best interest.
  8. What is the relationship between freedom and God-dependence? God created us free, therefore when we depend on Him, we are free. Can you be both dependent and free? In depending on God our freedom is limited to limitless creative expression, but cannot include autonomy as we were created inseparable from God and each other for all eternity. What is the relationship between freedom and ego-dependence? Our relationship with God and each other is like that of Siamese twins – we're stuck with each other for all eternity – and ego promised to free us of this unity, this oneness, this interdependence. Perhaps it sounds good in theory, but what's so bad about loving each other forever? Sure beats killing each other, wouldn't you agree?  
  9. Is it possible to be independent of both God and ego? As Jesus said, “Of myself I am nothing.” We are of God, we are dependent on God, even if we reject that truth, don't experience it or don't believe it. We could not alter the truth. Even for ego to survive, God's power is required, but God entrusted us with His mind so that we could create like Him. We misused God's gift in making ego so now find ourselves in an experience that is different from the one God created us to have where our interdependence is a joyous dance with God and each other, loving everyone more and more deeply…Is it possible to be completely free of ego? Yes, in our total dependence on God for everything, for that is how we were created. Is it desirable? Yes, as soon as we are free of ego, we are enlightened, then we are contributing to the solution rather than the problem. However, as long as we have a body, we must continue to guard against ego taking hold again.
  10. If we think of God as the ocean and His creation as the waves, where does the wave end and the ocean begin? Where does God end and His creation begin?   There is no place where the Father ends and we begin. Creation is merely extension, not separation. Creations were not created separate from their Creator. Separation became our experience when we made ego. That idea is comparable to being a wave without the ocean – it is impossible and the impossible did not happen, however in our minds we can convince ourselves of the reality of that which is not real and then we need a miracle to be restored to sanity. We ask for a miracle by admitting that separation/independence is not really what we want.
  11. Can a wave create the ocean? Can a creation create its creator? That would be as impossible as you giving birth to your parents. It cannot happen, and it did not happen, however we are in the experience of creating our own creator because we wanted to experience autonomy. It is not a real experience, however it is very real for us. The good news is that our mistaken idea had no real effect, as we are not more powerful than God. Therefore our mistake can be undone when we no longer want autonomy. When we are willing to be totally dependent on God, totally one with our Creator, we will be restored to a true experience, not because God punishes us when we do not obey Him, but because disobedience to God means obedience to ego, and we punish ourselves when we listen to ego and follow its advice.
  12. What prevents a wave from totally merging with the ocean? What prevents us from totally immersing ourselves in God? Fear of loss of false identity. We were created by God with a true identity in God. When we donned an ego, we gave ego the status of creator in God's stead. We donned a false identity as creations of ego. As long as we have an ego, we will have a false identity and will therefore not know who we are. It is ego that causes us to fear for the loss of our false identity, while the truth is we can never lose anything, so if we lose our false identity we only become who we are. It is a false fear that ego hopes we will not see truly. What does it mean to lose ourselves in God? To be completely one with God, though still a unique creation with a true identity.
  13. How can two waves meet? How can you and I truly meet? Just as two waves meet in the ocean, so you and I can only truly meet in God. We can only meet once we both lose our false identity. We can only meet once we both accept ourselves as God created us, instead of as we wish. Till then we find our communications mixed with frequent misunderstandings, misinterpretations and misperceptions.
  14. What is our true relationship with God? Interdependence, symbiosis, oneness, unity, equality, true and joyous communication. What is our true relationship with each other? Same as with God. What with ego? No true relationship as ego does not exist. What is the gap between our experience and our true relationships? We experience communication frustrated and codependency relationships because we have not understood there is no lack either in ourselves or in others. This is due to choosing a co-dependency relationship with ego.
  15. Misapplications to guard against – Can you be both dependent on God and responsible for your actions? There are those who claim that in their total dependence on God, God is the cause of their less than perfect behavior. God created us perfect, and totally capable of choosing perfection under all circumstances, thus we are always responsible for our thoughts, words and deeds. God did not make automatons – we are responsible for every decision we make, every action we take. It is ego that would have us believe things could happen to us against our will so it can exist at our expense.
  16. How can you apply these ideas in your daily life? By constantly ask God to be our guide in every undertaking, watching that we not tell God how to do His job. He knows very well how to care for us if we let Him. How does ego try to prevent you from turning to God? It tries to convince us we can't trust God, that it is good to be independent, that to turn to God is weakness… How much do you depend on God? Sometimes I catch myself fretting about something and then I give it to God, but most of the time anymore I turn my every coming and going over to God automatically, for I have seen time and again the wisdom of doing so.
  17. How would you summarize the ideas regarding dependence on God or on ego? Total dependence on God is where true freedom lies.   We were created to create, but could not create ourselves, therefore ego is an imposter. There is no place where God ends and you begin. There is no place where you end and I begin. We are all connected and in uniting with God and each other we overcome ego for ourselves and all of humanity. There is power in unity for that is the truth.

"God depends on you to be perfect - as He created you."     ACIM