To separate something from awareness as a mechanism of ego defense. A “decision to forget” (T-10.II.1:2).
- The mechanism by which the separation occurred (see T-6.II.1:4-5). The separation was not a physical parting, but a mental decision to forget.
- The ego then dissociated from God’s Answer: the Holy Spirit and His thought system (see T-14.VII.4). “Dissociation is a distorted process of thinking whereby two systems of belief [the ego’s and the Holy Spirit’s] which cannot coexist are both maintained” (T-14.VII.4:3). They are maintained by keeping them in different compartments of the mind. When they are brought together, one must dispel the other (see bringing darkness to light).
- The ego even uses dissociation to keep contradictory goals in its own thought system from coming into contact with each other (see T-15.I.4:12).
See denial. See T-10.II.1.