“Love is attracted only to love. Overlooking guilt completely, it sees no fear. Being wholly without attack, it could not be afraid. (T410)”
1 – Leave Anxiety Behind
To walk away from anxiety (a form of fear), turn to love. This solution, though not always easy, does always work. When we are stressed, we are more likely to get angry, and with anger, attack is frequently not far behind. And anger and attack are forbidden by A Course in Miracles. Of course, we cannot always live up to the ideals that we read. We are human. So, when we stumble, we get up and try again. As time wears on, and we study ACIM, the way does become easier.
2 – Attack Is a Call for Help
When we are beginning to get angry, we sooner rather than later recognize that there is no reason for our anger. If a brother or sister is present and a part of that anger, we try immediately to click into ACIM‘s tenet that attack is a call for help. And so our only sane response is to give that help. We may not be able to give help overtly, if feelings are running high. We may have to withdraw, temporarily, from the situation to give other people time to regain control. We may need to reread passages from ACIM to calm us down. We need never deny the emotions that we are feeling, but we do not have to drown in those emotions either.
3 – The Link between Anger and Stress
It is a hopeful sign to recognize that, for many of us, we never get angry unless we are stressed. “Being wholly without attack” does mean that we must learn to recognize and abort this behavioral tendency as it arises in ourselves. Take a time out, and contemplate the love that you really have for your brother. Think of his good deeds, and choose not to focus on any deeds that disturb. Not only will this move you from stress to love, but this type of reaction will also eliminate the guilt that always arises when we either mentally or verbally attack our brother.
I would walk in love today. I welcome the thought that fear is left behind when I love. And I know that attack is a call for help. And that stress and anger, at least in me, is linked. May I walk through this day in peace, having understood these truths, at least as I live them.
Be with me today as I seek to find You in tranquility. May I enjoy a happy day. May my patience grow today, for You have been perfect patience with me. Thank You for the gift of A Course in Miracles. May I live out its truths today.