There can be no conflict between sanity and insanity. Only one is true, and so only one is real. (A Course in Miracles)
To believe in two separate thought systems is to be conflicted. The world teaches us the egoic thought system, which is supposed to make us happy when put into practice. But belief in the ego ultimately brings feelings of emptiness, dissatisfaction, overwhelming fear and depression—a sinking feeling that there must be something more to life than this.
So, in private, we instinctually break free. We seek beautiful escape in love relationships, forbidden sexuality, travel, natural beauty, art and other forms of release from the tortured state taught by those who claim authority. It is here, even with no teaching at all, we remember another thought system—an instinctual one that the world is against. This is where we find excitement, peace, fulfillment—everything we want.
Now life gets confusing because we try to straddle both thought systems. We try to find space for brief moments of beauty and bliss, then are immediately pulled back by the world’s calls of fear and duty. We attempt to refine an individual thought system comprised of bits and pieces of each—which results in dishonesty, utter confusion, stagnation, and paralysis. It is impossible to serve two masters. One must be made real—which scares us because deep down we know which one is real and which one must be left behind.
To live in knowledge and truth means to follow one unconfused system of thought, which is only this: love. The other, which is ego, offers only false promises and illusion. We move forward in only love today, tomorrow, and each day after that.