We live in a world where laws are constantly being created or rewritten. Each of these laws is meant to make the madness in this world conform so that we can feel safe. Most would agree it is not having that effect as we still fear what will happen. From A Course in Miracles (ACIM), there is an explanation for why this is occurring. The ego has an operating system, or a set of laws, that are judgments running the status quo. Since all decisions are based on fear and guilt, which is chaos, these laws doom everything from the start.
First, let’s discuss the basic characteristics of the ego’s operating system. No matter which brand of ego you purchase, all of them will behave within these parameters since they are locked in place by the ego’s laws. Regular maintenance is needed, and it is nothing more than repeated judgments that keep the chaos in perfect working condition. The ego has needs. God has no needs.
Students of ACIM know the Course says that the error, or separation, never occurred and was just a “tiny mad idea.” Knowing what the ego has done with that mad idea is the law of the ego, also known as the Law of Chaos. Rule #1 – Law of Ego: The ego gives to get because you need salvation, denied by God, and now it must come from others. This is a hidden agenda in everything the ego does because it denies the Law of Heaven that giving and receiving are the same.
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Rule #2 – Law of Death: The ego views sin as punishable by death. By dying, your sins are gone, and you are free from God’s vengeance. This is the ego’s solution to the Law of Creation about ideas not leaving their source. Separation means going to the head, and death is salvation from that sin.
Rule #3 – Law of Division: The ego says separation occurred, and using the above two rules, it always attacks (gives to get and death), so you don’t notice you are simply shooting yourself, and separation is a lie. This one also denies the Law of Creation that your creations are like you, a part of you; therefore, you love them as yourself.
The above ego rules are the characteristics of the operating system or The Laws of Chaos. The ego wrong mind uses this platform within its laws, beginning with the metaphysical split (“tiny mad idea” or idea of separation) completely out into conscious thoughts and behaviors. These laws perfectly describe all aspects of the split mind, and if suddenly abolished, the idea of separation would end immediately. This would be the end of this Universe, which exists only in the split mind and is held together by judgments using the Laws of Chaos.
Law of Chaos #1:
The truth is different for everyone. Because of separateness, we all have other thoughts. If I’m not you, I can have my opinion, which the ego values highly.
Specialness comes from this law. Different truths make way for another person or thing to be more valued over others. Even one idea can be truer or more believable than another. Different also means difficulty because there is no sameness. Illusions have an order of difficulty as one can be harder than the next and, therefore, needs to be treated with a different truth. This always leaves you guessing, worried, frustrated, and anxious over which fact to choose.
The ego’s “giving to get” rule is very good here. You will only give to another who you believe has the correct truth for you or what you want. If the ego doesn’t like another version of the truth, it won’t give anything.
Law of Chaos #2:
The sin of separation was committed. The ego uses guilt for having achieved this sin against God. Next is fear of Him because He’ll come after you for revenge. Your truth (Law of Chaos #1) is now different from God’s truth, i.e., in the ego’s view, your “will” is now separate from God’s Will.
“Will” is, by definition, intention, desire, wants, and how you initiate actions (creation). The ego says that you wish to (“will”) its judgment of death as salvation by separation. This violates the Law of Mind, which states that your mind is still with God, and the Law of Creation, which states that you cannot separate from what is like you.
The ego’s death and division rules are obvious: All things are considered sins, condemned, and given irrevocable sentences to die. It’s a no-win scenario. You get separation or division from God and all brothers through death, but this will save you.
Law of Chaos #3:
This law is based on the belief in the first two laws being correct (you did separate and have a different truth). This is the ego’s attempt to make the Will of God into a myth because this makes your “will” different from God’s Will. In the ego’s one or the other system, it is where the truth is hidden.
Either you or God must now be mistaken. Feeling conflicted comes from wondering who is lying. Yet if God is who He is and Is misunderstood, you must hate Him. Hating is fearing. Further conflict is inevitable because you’re backed into a corner, and anything feeling cornered will attack. You justify an attack to take back what you want because it’s beyond God’s help. Feeling alone and depressed stems from this law.
Law of Chaos #4:
The ego values only what it can take. Another person’s loss is your gain. You cannot believe in this law unless you’ve bought into the first three laws plus the rules of the ego. Truths are different, so something is more valuable. You need it for salvation, and you must get it at all costs before the punishment of death, so death will be your redemption. You have to acquire (take) many truths (things, ideas, etc.).
You keep things hidden (things, fears, agendas, etc.) because you value them and want to protect them. In one or the other system, it is only a question of when someone comes to take them from you because they place more value on yours. Lack also comes from here, as you can never have enough because someone else has something better or different that might save you. The ego has needs.
Law of Chaos #5:
There is a substitute for love. Yes, you read that correctly. This is the ego’s cure for all your pain and sacrifice and what makes the chaos seem sane. The substitute for love is the ego’s salvation as part of its death rule. You have to attack and take back what is rightfully yours (denied by God) from your brothers so that when you die, you are saved.
Chaotic judgments do not reconcile the inaccuracies of decisions. It ignores them and makes more judgments. Here’s an example: You attack brothers because (1) the fear of God from Him being mistaken in Law of Chaos #3 above, and (2) part of the mind knows brothers are also God, so it fears them from the same Law of Chaos. Attacks fragment judgments and maintain the Laws of Chaos.
As you can see, the Laws of Chaos are lawlessness or the wild, wild west in action. They have no order; they are subject to immense fragmentation, governing all illusions. That is why nothing in this world, no laws, protect or control, or will ever make you feel safe. These Laws of Chaos began with the belief in sin as being real. Sin is a judgment against sameness. It produces a system where everything is different and unpredictable (chaotic). Then, judgments fragment and hide your brother, like yourself, from you to keep you stuck.
A Course in Miracles says your brother is you and that correction of the mind (forgiveness) is all required. Seeing another as a brother reverses the Laws of Chaos. You would not attack yourself if you knew them as yourself. It all begins with your choice to see another like a brother. This is choosing to see them without sin, which ends chaos as it takes away the maintenance package of the operating system.