“The world but demonstrates an ancient truth; you will believe that others do to you exactly what you think you did to them. But once deluded into blaming them you will not see the cause of what they do, because you want the guilt to rest on them. (T587)”
Affirmation: “I think that others do to me what I think I did to them.”
1 – Blaming
This passage sounds hard to understand at first glance. Do we, we ask ourselves, really want the guilt to rest on others? If we reflect a moment, we will realize that we do. This is what “blaming” is all about.
2 – Projections Makes Perception
The philosophical basis of the Course is hinted at in this passage. Our perceptions determine what we see, because what we see is a projected dream.
3 – The World Prompts Us
We believe that others do not always wish kindness upon us, and therefore we see that. And we think that we have been guilty of unkindness. The “we” comes first. We project the dream that we are bad people, guilty of much “sin,” and then we see others doing bad things to us. This is the way that we learn. This is a reason for the world’s existence in its present form.
I would see only kindness today. I would not blame another if, during the day, I am feeling down. This is just a continuation of the dream, the illusion. I would escape from fantasies of attack by not attacking myself, not attacking myself or others at all.
Guide me today to the way of right living in this world. I long to be at home in You, hour by hour and even minute by minute.