“You could not recognize your ‘evil’ thoughts as long as you see value in attack. You will perceive them sometimes, but will not see them as meaningless. And so they come in fearful form, with content still concealed, to shake your sorry concept of yourself and blacken it with still another ‘crime.’ (T622)”
Affirmation: “‘Evil’ thoughts are meaningless.”
1 – Leave Attack Behind
A Course in Miracles would have us leave attack behind forever. If we do attack, we may feel better momentarily, thinking that we have gotten the guilt out (an interpretation by Ken Wapnick), the anger vented, but we will accuse ourselves of “sin,” or, as the Course says, yet another mistake. We will feel worse about ourselves, a “sorry concept,” that has been blackened by yet another crime. This will not do. We cannot live a rewarding life this way. So what do we do?
2 – Turn Anger over to the Holy Spirit
The words of the passage are deep. They suggest that the only way out of our illusions of sin are to leave attack alone. Turn over our anger to the Holy Spirit. Let him judge the severity of the deed against ourselves, done by another. It is not for us to judge; let Him. We are told in ACIM that attack and anger are never justified. But this does not mean that we repress (or try to suppress) our anger. Today’s psychology knows better, even as does ACIM. Today’s psychology would have us vent this anger, but is this really the best way? Don’t we likely hurt others in the process of venting? And do we not feel guilty that we have hurt ourselves as well as others? If we follow the way of A Course in Miracles, and turn our anger over to the Holy Spirit, He will relax us and stress will resolve (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). When we have given our hurt over to the inner Guide, we know that we are not alone. And we will live, daily, on a much better footing.
3 – Attack Never Works
We think that attack gives us something that we want. We are wrong. The way of attack can never work. ACIM embodies that premise.
One of my greatest regrets is the verbal attack that I made to someone who was actually one of my greatest friends, though we have never seen each other much at all. When someone is out of our life, it is too late to make amends. We can only try to forgive ourselves for this lamentable behavior. You have not ever condemned me for my foolishness, and so You do not need, actually, to “forgive.” But I need to feel forgiveness in my own mind and spirit, and that is what I pray for specifically today.
Be with me as I seek to walk a fresh pathway, clear of the false ways of acting that impeded my life when I was much younger. Thank You for A Course in Miracles, for the blessing of ACIM. We live in an eternity, and in eternity we are innocent. May I take this promise unto myself today.
Be with my brothers and sisters who read this blog posting. May they know forgiveness for any regrets that they still harbor for deeds that cannot be undone from the past.