“Anger is never justified. Attack has no foundation. It is here escape from fear begins, and will be made complete. (T638)”
Affirmation: “I choose neither anger nor attack.”
1 – Attack and Anger Out of Bounds
Let’s just recognize the truth of these statements, even when the withered ego rebels. Remembering that attack and anger are out of bounds is a great liberator. It will help in the tough times that we go through with our loved ones.
2 – See the Relinquishment of Fear
There is a great boon here as well: Leaving behind anger and attack leads to the relinquishment of fear. Fear has dogged our every step, even when we have not been aware of this. As the Course teaches, there are only fear and love, and, of the two, only love is real.
3 – Anger and Attack = Grievances
Anger and attack are usually present because we hold grievances. And it is only when our grievances have been left behind that we know safety (from the Workbook). It is said in ACIM that it is as though we held a dagger above our heads, and it will fall or be averted as we choose to forgive or to attack. Our brother or sister attacks us because each is calling for help. And it is our duty to rush to his/her side with assistance. Doing so keeps our rights from being removed. We recognize the truth of the situation, and we will find that we ourselves also get help when we need it. As we give, we do receive (from the Treatises of A Course of Love).
4 – Our Innocent Brother
The underlying idea here is that our brother and sister are actually, in essence, innocent. They have, like we all, been guilty of mistakes, but these can be overlooked–if we don’t at first make them real by thinking too much about them.
5 – Only Love Is Real
We are living a dream in which nothing except the love is real. That is why anger and attack are never justified.
I know that when I feel anger what I am involved in an interpretation which is not true. If I am outraged, it is even more certain that I am misperceiving. In this world, of course, we are very human, and, for most of us, our fallibility includes being embroiled from time to time in arguments. I would not let this state of affairs continue in my life, in the life that You have given to me. Help me to recognize when I am misperceiving, and help me to forgive–regardless of how great the error of my significant others actually is.
I would accept that I am seeing a bad scene because I do not want to see it. Help me to understand this paradox from A Course in Miracles. I would choose to see only those scenes that will honor You, and that will give me the peace that only You can offer to me. Be with me today if attack and anger become temptations. I would turn to my Guide at such times. I would ask to see the real truth, which is that I live in an illusion, and only the real things of peace, joy, serenity, and the like, are true. I would find truth today.
Thank You for leading me in recent time to a more peaceful pace of living. May stress not overwhelm me, because I never get angry unless I am stressed.