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Extending Love’s Unity

I do not know what anything is for. Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything.

You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned to the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

Another way of describing the goals you now perceive is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” [separate, ego] interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing [ego goals], therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.

It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless, rather than “good” or “bad,” is the only way to accomplish this. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 25, W-pI.25.1:1-2;2;3;5:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 25 Insights.)


A central teaching of A Course in Miracles is that we are not an ego [separate, personal identity]. The ego is the belief in being separate, the opposite of the reality of Love’s oneness. What we truly are is Love and nothing else. Only the extension of Love is in our best interests because this is how we know that we are Love.

It is time to disown the ego as our identity. This means that we no longer want or believe in ego-based goals. The practice of reminding ourselves that we do not know what anything is for helps us step back from attempting to give meaning to the ego’s illusions.

By withdrawing the meaning we have given to the world, we make way for Love’s sole purpose — to extend Itself. Thus the illusions of the world made by the ego can be used for our best interests when they are used to extend Love. Only Love’s extension is meaningful. Through extending Love we learn of our oneness with our brother and our Creator. Everything used to extend Love’s Unity is in our best interest.

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