If a Magic Thought Arouses Anger in Any Form, God’s Teacher Can Be Sure that He Is Strengthening His Own Belief in Sin and Has Condemned Himself.

1 – Major Lesson

“How to deal with magic thus becomes a major lesson for the teacher of God to master. His first responsibility in this is not to attack it. (M44)”

2 – Jesus’s Definition of “Magic”

As mentioned previously in this blog, Jesus gives the term “magic” a very specific interpretation. It is the form given magic by psychology, which is to equate magical thinking with irrationality. We need to set aside our airy, fairy ideas about “magic” being something good, at least for the moment.

3 – Irrational Thinking

We don’t want to attack irrational thoughts of another, even when this irrationality is an attack on us. If we are doing what is right, we will get quiet within, maybe distance ourselves for the moment from the perpetrator, and talk to God. His Holy Spirit will guide us. And we will feel more compassionate, for our significant other is suffering, even in the attack.

4 – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh has a wonderful book called simply Anger, in which he describes the best way to be mindful and to respond to attack with compassion. He says that we ought to speak out when we are suffering from attack, but certainly not from an attack of our own. We need to realize that the ego has taken control of us in those moments of confusion and disarray, those moments of anger. If we tell the other that we are suffering, that we are trying to be mindful and to heal, then the way may very well be open to better communication.

5 – Courage

Of course, sometimes to speak out takes great courage, for we don’t want to do anything that will exacerbate the conflict. Soft words do a lot to unhinge anger, though. Slow and quiet words of compassion are healing, and our significant other will recognize this—unless the ego has a very, very strong hold. Sometimes the only thing that we can do if the ego in another is very strong is to pray for a miracle. The miracle will come. Healing will arrive. Only believe this, try to make yourself believe this, and the blessing will arrive right on schedule.

6 – Ego

We ourselves have to have to right attitude, though, and we cannot have the right attitude if we have not mindfully rid ourselves of the ego’s hold on us. If our suffering is overwhelming, we may still blame the other, though this is not the right way to think. In such cases, a little time apart, but in the same house, may be necessary.

There is always a way.

7 – Anger

“If a magic thought arouses anger in any form, God’s teacher can be sure that he is strengthening his own belief in sin and has condemned himself. He can be sure as well that he has asked for depression, pain, fear and disaster to come to him. (M44)”

8 – Heal

This is when the attacks of another really get to us; we fail to regroup and heal, something that God only can do for us. If we get angry, we are not offering compassion. And it is compassion that will eliminate the anger.

9 – God Only?

Is it only God who can do this for ourselves? Are we really that helpless? Perhaps not. Perhaps I overstated. But it is sure that if we don’t go within and heal quietly, we will not heal at all. Venting, as Thich Nhat Hanh makes clear, is not ultimately healing. We are making the seed of the anger grow. We may think that we get rid of our anger, because after beating a pillow we are tired, but when the tiredness has dissipated, and another occasion of anger arises, we will find our anger that much accentuated. Nothing works other than to go within, quietly, where God resides.

10 – Outcome

“Nor should it be forgotten that the outcome that results will always come to teacher and to pupil alike. (M44)”

11 – Rhonda Byrne

Teacher and pupil are equals. So we experience the same. Rhonda Byrne’s books (The Secret; The Magic; The Power) say the same. What we give, we receive, and there are no exceptions to this rule. It is unclear from Rhonda’s writings if she has been influenced by A Course in Miracles.

12 – The Good

If we want something good to come to us, we must give our good things. It is that simple.

13 – Attack

“Attack can enter only if perception of separate goals has entered. And this must indeed have been the case if the result is anything but joy. (M44)”

14 – Anger

This is an important passage because it is about attack, am emphasis in ACIM. Under what conditions do we feel anger rising? Under what conditions do we attack others (and ourselves)? If we perceive that we want something different from the other, then we are prone to attack to preserve what WE want. While this is not self-evident upon first reading, if we reflect on it, we will realize that it is true. We think that we have separate goals from our brother, that we are at odds with him. And if we are not joyous, then we have perceived that he/she and we want different things.

15 – Joy

If joy is our canary in the mine, then we know when we are diving off the deep end. If we know unhappiness, we are diving off the deep end.

16 – God’s Wish

See how often Jesus mentions joy as a harbinger of better times ahead? He says that God wants only happiness for us, that happiness is our function (one of several, including salvation and forgiveness as well). Happiness is not a minor goal. We can do for others much better when we ourselves are happy. We fell like reaching out, something that doesn’t happen when we are in the throes of our neurosis.

17 – Single Aim

“The single aim of the teacher turns the divided goal of the pupil into one direction, with the call for help becoming his one appeal. This then is easily responded to with just one answer, and this answer will enter the teacher’s mind unfailingly. From there it shines into his pupil’s mind, making it one with his. (M44)”

18 – Guidance

This passage echoes the reflections in this blog, so often recurring, of the primacy of following guidance from the Holy Spirit. This passage indicates that the answer will enter the teacher’s mind (that’s our minds) unfailingly. So we do get responses from the Holy Spirit when we engaged in his business, our function of salvation.

19 – Overwrought Emotions

The guidance is never slight. If it seems slight, our emotions may be too overwrought to hear what the Holy Spirit is trying to say to us. Go within, get quiet, and see if with calm emotions you do not get guidance as to what to do.

20 – Calm

Be calm in daily life. Our days flow more smoothly, and we live the word of A Course in Miracles that has come to mean so much to us.

21 – Facts and Interpretations

“Perhaps it will be helpful to remember that no one can be angry at a fact. It is always an interpretation that gives rise to negative emotions, regardless of their seeming justification by what appears as facts. (M44 – M45)”

22 – Angry

We will learn, as we study the Course, that wrong interpretations always happen when we are angry. And vice-versus. If we become really, really angry, it is certainly a misrepresentation that we are seeing. We have made an interpretation that is false (a Course concept).

23 – Negative Emotions

When we learn the part that we play in negative emotions, that we have interpreted facts, then we are encouraged to drop this maladaptive behavior. Facts are neutral, and it is only when we judge our brothers and sisters that we become so very angry at their behavior. If we learn that everything is either an expression of love or a call for love (a Course interpretation), then we will be ready to forgive their negative behavior and to run to their side with help. Sometimes we cannot give this help overtly, because our brothers and sisters are angry, too, and would not welcome our intervention. Then we wait for a better time. In the meantime, though, we are at peace. We have forgiven.

24 – Blessings

What a blessing it is to give up negative emotions! This will not happen all at once, at least not usually, but happen it will as we progress in our study of the Course. We are not perfect, but we will become a little more evolved, which will lighten our load and give us the joy and peace and calm that we desire.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I reinterpret my anger today, knowing that I have made an interpretation that is false. I know that my brothers and sisters are innocent, that they are only calling for help–and love.

Help me always to control my temper. Help me not to fly off the handle at the slightest sign of anger. Thank you for helping me to stay calm and quiet in all circumstances.

Amen.

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8 thoughts on “If a Magic Thought Arouses Anger in Any Form, God’s Teacher Can Be Sure that He Is Strengthening His Own Belief in Sin and Has Condemned Himself.

      1. Thank you Celia. I ws able to download the audio programs of the text. I found the text and manual in text form as well. Thank you so much for blogging these wonderful posts.
        Blessings…
        ~ Eric

  1. The only time I read about magic in the course, since I left off at chapter five, is when it talks about believing in magic when a person believes medicine will cure an ailment. At first I thought this was unbelievable to think someone could heal without medicine (or diet, etc.), something like cancer, for example. But I feel I’m starting to understand this as I see that some worldly beliefs/”facts of life” are clearly untrue, such as good and bad being real when they are just judgments that drive people in mostly unconscious “life” on Earth. I do get angry sometimes at the beliefs of the world, like when people label me as crazy or if I feel like someone is saying being rich is happiness or being married or having a good sex life, etc. is happiness. I’m getting irritated just writing that, actually. I know it only bothers me because in some unconscious way I still believe these things, I still feel lied to or unsure about what I know (but don’t yet KNOW I know). This is what these passages are about in my mind because of my experiences, not because I have read lots of books. Awakening is defined in the course as the dawning on your mind of what is already in it. So awakening is really just knowing that you know, i.e. coming to trust yourself, use yourself, something we learn NOT to do in almost every aspect of life, school, family life, writers’ conferences where people tell you how to do stuff and how NOT to do stuff (argh), books that tell you everything to do… I like books, but they fall short, even the course in my opinion, even though I value it greatly. Honestly, I do. Even the power of now, which helped me a lot, couldn’t tell me what to do; it did start to alert me to “what was false within me,” which was big, but those words stood out to me as HUGE because they spoke to what is “already in my mind.”

    1. You are contemplating deeply, and, if anything, I would say to go within even further. Don’t let even the best of books distract you. Seek the inner. There the Holy Spirit will meet you.

      Thanks for writing.

      Celia

      1. It doesn’t come from just deep contemplation. I ask a lot of questions, that is my mode. Everyone has his own mode or approach to life that he doesn’t choose. Some people just think they’re irrelevant. I did, but “schizophrenia” wouldn’t allow me to keep ignoring myself as the average person does and would have to to always refer to books for making sense of things.

      2. Joseph Campbell said that the mystic is swimming in the very same waters of the subconscious that the schizophrenic is drowning in. And there are all sorts of medication nowadays that can prevent drowning, and simply allow the swimming. Good luck to you.

        Celia

      3. Only drowning because they don’t realize they can save themselves (by healing their mind). Medicine is magic. ACIM says so and so does my experience. That which nourishes you can also destroy you. Someone said something like this. And it’s true, every remedy or enjoyable thing in this false reality can also hurt you: sex, parenting, romantic “love.” You name it and it inflicts as much pain as pleasure.. ACIM says so, too, that everything here is a double-edged sword, except atonement (which I don’t yet fully understand). I do see very clearly that the only real remedy to any ailment here is transcendence, awakening, enlightenment–all the same thing. I feel like I am flexing my muscle. Not sorry. So what? I love Joseph Campbell, but he’s wrong here in viewing something I’ve experienced. I’m not drowning. I never was, just was unconscious. It’s all the same. Mean, nice, flexing your muscle, being humble, being crazy, being sane. Whatever.

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