We usually find in our chaotic world that it is through pain and suffering that we realize there must be a better way. Our turning point does not have to be thus, because Jesus assures us that it is not necessary to learn through pain. In our confusion, though, we have usually made the conditions that will, in fact, bring enough pain to us that we will cry out for relief, and in that crisis point, we will find out that guidance through the Holy Spirit is awaiting us. The Holy Spirit is ready to show us another way, a better way. Once we turn the corner, then, we are open to guidance from the Holy Spirit. Frequently, though, we blame God for our plight. A Course in Miracles proclaims that God could not give this specialness we craved, and so we retreated into feverish dreams. We did this; the only blame is on our own heads. And there is a way out.
Our Brother as Our Savior
By turning to our brother and freely choosing to join with him, becoming as one, we see that we would not choose to be more special than he. There is a lack of love when one perceives self to be either greater or lesser than another. Love does not thrive on competition, only in Oneness–the harmony of equals who are saviors one to another.
ACIM gives a hard but unequivocal statement of our deep need to see our brother sinless. It says, uncompromisingly, “When peace is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind, you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced at what you thought was there.” (T-24.IV.5:2) Here in a nutshell is our supreme need to be equals, one to another, in love.
–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.