Attack, Continued

Not until I started writing about the Course did I realize how significant attack has been in my life. I was writing over time, and it was only in retrospect, once I had written a good bit and was reading back over it, that I realized that I commented often on “attack” passages in the Course. I am one of those, prior to the Course, who would feel justified in lashing back if I had been first attacked. Jesus characterized this attitude as a “face of innocence” of the self. (T-31.V.2:6) I had difficulty forgiving because I thought that my attacker didn’t “deserve” it. After all, she had attacked me, and I wasn’t guilty! I didn’t deserve this! The Course says, “. . .every day a hundred little things make small assaults upon its [the concept of the self’s] innocence, provoking it to irritation, and at last to open insult and abuse.” (T-31.V.3:4) The latter was when I lost my temper! Yes, these were words with which I could identify as being part of my past, a big part.

But what an egocentric mess! Highly neurotic, my words (“I didn’t deserve this!) actually said little or nothing about true reality. None of us deserve this! And yet we hear the attacks because we need to hear them in order to progress. What this dynamic was saying was that as surely as I did not forgive another for his attack, just that often was I saying that I too did not deserve forgiveness.

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2 thoughts on “Attack, Continued

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  2. “I had difficulty forgiving because I thought that my attacker didn’t “deserve” it.”

    I can so relate to this. Sometimes I will do or say something I don’t feel great about, and that’s because it’s my ego talking when I do it; still I will do it anyway, against my better judgement; then I am attacked for it, and I can understand the attacker, yes, but I still want to retaliate (even if just by silently withdrawing my friendship), because I see the attacker as acting all “high and mighty” while not being any better than me in general, in the very act of their attacking; so I feel angry and resentful at them for making the same mistakes I make — which doesn’t make sense. This is a hard one for me for sure.

    “And yet we hear the attacks because we need to hear them in order to progress.” Yes, I feel that’s it exactly. Thanks for posting 💛

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