“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: “From henceforth I will put no value in attack.”
1 – Leave Attack Behind Forever
The Course would have us leave attack behind forever. If we do attack, we may feel better momentarily, thinking that we have gotten the guilt out (from 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.
2 – Let the Holy Spirit Be the Judge
These words 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.
3 – Thinking Unconsciously
I think that we attack another when we are thinking unconsciously; we just react in loud words, sometimes viciously if we are threatened. I don’t have any experience with physical attack, but I have been guilty of verbal attack (and this is not yet conquered in me, though I always try to apologize when I am, once again, thinking clearly and sanely). We need to realize that attack actually makes our way harder, not easier. Nobody is going to feel better about us when we have attacked them; just the reverse is true. And all of us actually long for the often-unexpressed love that we urgently desire from our significant others (most of all, our significant others). If we all knew how to love better, we would. This is the appeal of most religions, and love is always the theme.
4 – Love Afresh
A Course in Miracles counsels the way for us to love afresh, even when that love is not returned. We can have a settled good will toward all of our brothers and sisters. We do not have to blame others when they don’t take the roles that we have assigned to them (an ACIM tenet).
5 – The Way of Attack Never Works
We think that attack gives us something that we want. We are wrong. The way of attack can never work. The Course embodies that premise.
I would leave behind attack today, even when someone I know and love is baiting me. That individual is acting unconsciously; what is actually wanted is love, but all of us so poorly understand how to love simply and effectively. We think that attack, when we are angry, will get us something that we want. But it only alienates another. The soft word, the gentle touch, dispell attack from another. And gentle, inner thoughts will dispel the wish to attack in ourselves.
Thank You for leading me to this realization. Help me to keep in mind and make my own the intellectual understanding. Help me to go beyond the intellectual, and to put into practice the emotional that I so wish to feel.
Thank You for being there, even when I do not always act well and lovingly. I would act well and lovingly, but I will never do so until You aid me. And You will. I promise to be a willing student.