Some are willing to entertain the thought that the self they think they are is a puppet. But how many would be willing to admit that puppet is evil?

The self (the puppet) you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless.” (W-93.6:1-7)

The ego’s “creation” story is a repeat of “our” “creation” story. We were created by God. We then attempted to usurp His authority. We attacked Him and tried to kill Him. We tried to make ourselves God. We tried to make of Him something other than He is. We tried to make Him into a guilty, unworthy of love and deserving of punishment, wrathful unreal God.

Very simply, the attempt to make guilty is always directed against God. For the ego would have you see Him, and Him alone, as guilty, leaving the Sonship open to attack and unprotected from it. (T-16.V.2:1-2)

We, as wrong mind, made the ego. The ego attempted to usurp mind’s authority. The ego attacked us, as mind, and tried to kill us, as mind. The ego tried to make itself God. The ego tried to make of us something other than we are. The ego tried to make us into a guilty, unworthy of love and deserving of punishment, wrathful unreal selves.

The ego wants you (as mind) dead, but not itself.” (T-15.I.3:3)

The ego is evil and full of sin covered by a face of innocence. The puppet self is a spawn of the ego and shares its beliefs and attributes. If we identify as the puppet, we identify as the ego. Identifying as the ego, the puppet, has serious ramifications. Notice all the different yous.

You (as mind) who identify with your ego cannot believe God loves you. You (as mind) do not love what you made (the ego), and what you made does not love you. Being made out of the denial of the Father, the ego has no allegiance to its maker (you as mind). You (as mind, more specifically wrong mind) cannot conceive of the real relationship that exists between God and His creations because of your hatred for the self (ego) you (wrong mind) made. You (wrong mind) project onto the ego the decision to separate, and this conflicts with the love you (wrong mind) feel for the ego because you made it. No love in this world is without this ambivalence, and since no ego has experienced love without ambivalence the concept is beyond its understanding.” (T-4.III.4:1-6)

This is the insanity of a delusional thought system. We, as mind, hate the ego and love the ego. And because we identify with the ego, no relationship in the world that the puppet thinks it has can experience love without ambivalence. That is why the puppet you think you are both hates and loves people it has relationships with. This is not love but the ego’s facsimile of love.

The ego believes that this (attacked God) is what you did because it believes that it is you. If you identify with the ego, you must perceive yourself as guilty. Whenever you respond to your ego you will experience guilt, and you will fear punishment.” (T-5.V.3:4-7)

Not only do we (as mind) believe we are the ego (at some level) but the ego, we made, (at some level) believes it is us (as mind).

Listening to the ego’s voice means that you (as mind) believe it is possible to attack God, and that a part of Him has been torn away by you (as mind). Fear of retaliation from without follows, because the severity of the guilt is so acute that it must be projected.” (T-5.V.3:10-11)

We have to tie ourselves into knots to follow the ego’s logic.

To identify with the ego is to attack yourself (as mind) and make yourself poor. That is why everyone who identifies with the ego feels deprived. What he experiences then is depression or anger, because what he did was to exchange Self-love for self-hate, making him afraid of himself. He does not realize this.” (T-12.III.6:1-5)

Guilt is the only need the ego has, and as long as you identify with it, guilt will remain attractive to you.” (T-15.VII.10:4-5)

We can listen to the voice of the ego and we will identify as the selves of the ego, the puppet self, the self, the ego self and the wrong-minded self. (These errors are all on different levels and must be corrected on their own level. More about that later.) Or we can listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and identify as the right mind and the Son of God.

In this world the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices.” (C-1.7:1)

Voice choice determines our identification which in turn determines our actions.

Miracles, on the other hand, induce (bring about) action.” (T-1.II.2:4-5)

Consciousness is the state that induces (brings about) action, though it does not inspire it.” (T-1.II.1:8)

Both consciousness and miracles induce action. But only one induces inspired action. If you listen to the ego you will identify as the ego (the puppet, the self) and you will engage in uninspired or dead action. If you listen to the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit you will identify as the right mind, the Son of God and will engage in inspired action.

This is why it is imperative that we give up our denial about and valuing of the puppet self and its “life” if we are to save the world. We have to correct the error of identifying with the ego from the bottom up. The bottom level of ego identification is the puppet level.

Three concepts that play an important role in the correction process are “levels” and “bottom up” and “horizontal and vertical” which will all be discussed shortly.

Next time – The Atheist Martyr Construct 9