“If you let your mind harbor attack thoughts, yield to judgment or make plans against uncertainties to come, you have again misplaced yourself, and made a bodily identity which will attack the body, for the mind is sick. (WB260)”
Affirmation: “no attack thoughts, no judgment, and no unguided plans”
1 – Important Passage
This is a very important passage, but easy to overlook in all of the many important passages in the Course. If the pathway has become easier, and then suddenly or even gradually turns to darkness, here is the answer.
2 – Personal Experience
About seven years ago, I got away from A Course in Miracles. I was at the same time under a great deal of stress, as were my significant others. Getting away from ACIM was a very, very big mistake. I found myself doing all the things that this passage (above) warns against. When I, once again, after a lapse of some months, returned to ACIM, my life smoothed out, and I also discovered this passage (which I had overlooked). The passage spoke to me now. And it speaks still. It has become one of my favorite passages, along with the clear explanation of why we fall away from our pathway.
3 – When the Way Is Difficult
So if the way seems rough, here is the answer. Even times spent in happy dreams can turn to madness again if we harbor attack, if we judge, or if we make plans against uncertainties.
4 – Planning
Perhaps only the first two seem pivotal: attacking and judging. Planning is not often seen as deplorable, but it means that we are defending against the future. And defense, according to the Course, is not encouraged. It is, indeed, actively warned against.
5 – Three Prohibitions
Three prohibitions: attacking, judging, planning against uncertainties to come. The Course puts this warning in amidst many other great passages, but this one alone will go a long way toward explaining any falling away from the truth in our lives.
Today I would stay in the flow dictated by the Holy Spirit. I long to stay in the flow always, but sometimes I slip. But today I ask that You help me to stay on the pathway to You: no attacks, no judgments, no planning that is not prompted by my Guide. Be with me today as I seek to turn on a dime (as I so often say).
I sometimes plan my day in the morning, almost without thinking. And then I become overwhelmed. This is not what You would will for me. You would have me take each hour as it comes, careful of nothing, knowing that You are always there for me. And when I am stressed, I may contemplate verbal attack, even if I say nothing. This is not Your way either. Thoughts make form at some level, and I would not have thoughts that would attack my brothers and sisters. Keep me calm, if You would, and therefore less prone to be tempted to attack. And judging happens almost without awareness when I am frustrated by another’s actions, when the other does not fulfill the plan that I have set out for that individual. This too is a lamentable way to live.
And I would have none of these lamentable ways today. I would speak kindly to my brothers and sisters, I would not judge any of their words or deeds, and I would not look ahead to plan anything that does not appear in the flow that the Holy Spirit gives me.
Help me to realize that, with Your help, all in my day will be easy. Thank You.