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Finding happy birthday peace

This column is a reprint from about 10 years ago. Now I’m even older, but it still works because I’m still here learning my lessons.

Are we born only to die? And if so why? That was my waking thought on the morning of a recent birthday.

“What a revolting development this is,” as a character on TV used to say in disgust. Can it be that we are born, enter the body and the world only to ultimately march steady and directly toward our death? What a (bad) joke.

First we are born helpless and totally dependent on others for our care. Then, growing up you realize gradually that you have to figure out how to take care of yourself. (I’m still learning.)

Growing up is not easy but eventually you figure it out. Looking back now, I realize I’ve had it easier than many in the world simply because I was born in the U.S.

Regardless of our ethnicity or gender, we are all in the same boat no matter if we are Democrats, Republicans, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, Buddhist, Hindu or no religion. No one is getting out alive, and everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Who created this world of disaster, the ego or God? Would a God that is changeless, eternal and all love have you accumulate some knowledge, express your gifts and suffer from an illness or accident and then die — kaput — the end? Would a loving God create that kind of scenario?

This is the ego’s world, and it is a bad joke. God has had nothing to do with it. That thought: ”God has nothing to do with it” is the cool breeze on the fevered cheek. This is the ego’s world, where it alone rules. It is not true and it is not real.

The only thing in this whole world that is true and real is loving thought. The only reason you are here is to forgive and consequently remember the loving thoughts held within your powerful decision-making mind.

The ego does not want you to know you have a mind — period — let alone a decision-making one.

In coming to this world, the ultimate lesson is to find and follow your inner truth with the beautiful decision-making mind that you have. The ego will come up with ways to “seek and do not find.” There are always distractions, carrots and dilemmas that it insists will make you happy and offer up zillions of ideas.

Everyone, no matter the lessons that their soul came to learn, has entered a dream, an illusion, and in this world everyone has the same problem. We think we are separate from God, i.e. love. That is the only problem — our wrong thinking. The good news is: It is not true.

In summing up this birthday thought: The ego is a parasite attached to the mind. It’s not who we are. It made up a world and bodies that die to separate from love. If we choose it, which we all did when we came here, it will fill us with doubt, hatred, misery, littleness or specialness and grandiosity and throw in a little piece of happiness now and then to keep you going.

But it is not true. Only loving thought is true. Laugh at the ego and remember that as you go through your life’s lesson, forgive yourself for all mistakes, yours and theirs, and for coming into this illusion, and dream the best dream you can.

To know who you are, find and embrace the love within that will never die. There are thousands of paths available or create your own. It will be one that no longer identifies with guilt because you are and always have been guiltless. Then will you realize you are an invulnerable spirit self that can never die, is eternal and changeless.

And have some happy birthday peace along with your cake.

Sally McKirgan facilitates the Inner Peace column and an A Course In Miracles study group via Zoom. Email her at innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com.