1 – Healing
“In order to heal, it thus becomes essential for the teacher of God to let all his own mistakes be corrected. If he senses even the faintest hint of irritation in himself as he responds to anyone, let him instantly realize that he has made an interpretation that is not true. Then let him turn within to his Eternal Guide, and let Him judge what the response should be. (M48)”
2 – Negativity
This passage succinctly describes what our reaction should be when confronted with negativity. If we become even slightly irritated at a circumstance in the outer world, we are to turn within, to our internal Teacher, the Holy Spirit. He will remind us of what our response should be.
3 – Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit often guides us very specifically, because our problems seem to be specific. He will lead us out of the storm in which we sometimes find ourselves. We will speak with new authority and with wisdom that is beyond us. This is a great blessing, and one of the most important motivators to learning A Course in Miracles.
4 – Irritation
If we are feeling irritation, this is a prime time to let our mistakes be taken from us. We do not need to compound the error by turning to attack. Then the ego will have taken the upper hand. We need to be healed if we are to heal. An unhealed healer is a contradiction (a Course tenet). May we all be led to turn to the inner Guide for the best reactions in such moments of temptation.
5 – Pupils
“So is he healed, and in his healing is his pupil healed with him. The sole responsibility of God’s teacher is to accept the Atonement for himself. (M48)”
6 – Immediate Response
When we turn inward to the Holy Spirit, and, once again, ask for His assistance, then He WILL respond—and immediately. We don’t have to wallow in distress. When we turn inward, we are allowing Atonement to work in ourselves. We are accepting a new way of living, and this is constitutes the atoning value of Jesus’s place in our little world.
7 – A Clear, Grassy Path
If our significant other is healed, if we ourselves are healed, then we walk a clear, grassy path back Home. We only have to accept salvation for ourselves; this is the Atonement principle. But in our acceptance, our “pupil,” whoever he/she may be, is healed as well.
8 – Not Magic
This is not magic, though it may sound that way. This is not irrational thinking. It is the soundest good sense, as stated by Jesus in A Course in Miracles.
Irritation does not seem as bad as anger, but the Course would say that both are equal. May I turn immediately to the Holy Spirit when I sense irritation, and may I let it fall away. The Holy Spirit will guide me.
May I not flare in anger before I realize what is happening. May this be the first step on my pathway to eliminating poor thoughts and behaviors in myself.