“But remember the first principle in this course; there is no order of difficulty in miracles. In reality you are perfectly unaffected by all expressions of lack of love. These can be from yourself and others, from yourself to others, or from others to you. (T18)”
Affirmation: “unaffected by lack of love”
1 – How Affected Are We by Love?
This passage is most illuminating. We think that we are affected when others don’t love us as we wish, or when we recognize that we too don’t love as we ought.
2 – Verbal Attack
I think nobody gets through this world without both attacking and being attacked, usually only verbally. The verbal attack can be ignored when we realize that the individual is caught in madness. This must be true even if the individual is quite spiritually attuned. For the moment, he/she is lost in insanity. When the individual is blessed with sanity, however fleeting, there is a peace about that is unrivaled by any temptation to find fault.
3 – Asking for Forgiveness
So we can ask forgiveness when we have been at fault (if this is still possible, with proximity of the individual affected). If our asking for forgiveness would make the matter worse, I think that ACIM would counsel waiting. And, likewise, we can forgive an attack from without. The individual perpetrating the offense is quite likely out of control, at least for the moment, and in his/her better moments will regret the outburst.
4 – Rid of the Guilt?
Ken Wapnick notes in a lecture from long ago that we sometimes feel very good after an outburst of anger and attack. We have gotten something off our chests, and, he says, we have momentarily gotten rid of the guilt. So we feel good. But the guilt returns, for who can be unkind to another without sensing the sting of rebuke from our better selves? We calm down, and then we know that we have made a very, very serious error.
5 – The Real World Unaffected by Lack of Love
Jesus admonishes us to recognize that reality is actually unaffected by lacks of love. Our real selves have never been damaged in any way. This is reassuring, and this statement can help us to forgive ourselves of our momentary lapse into anger and attack.
6 – No Order of Difficulty in Miracles
The first principle in the Course, no order of difficulty in miracles, is a blessing that we do not understand. How can this be? But Jesus asserts that it is true, and we would be wise to take him at his word and ask for his blessing and his miracles.
Please forgive me, and help me to forgive myself and others, for the lacks of love that we show. May we replace lack with the grace to live peacefully in all situations and events.
Jesus tells us that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. So this need will be answered just as soon as we ask. Thank You.