We must honor our brother, for in him God has given a part of Himself for us to love and cherish. The Christ in us sees our brother truly, in the holiness that is his own; would we allow the egoistic false self to see otherwise?
Remember that it is much easier to see one’s brother as holy than to see him (or one’s self) as special. We taught ourselves specialness with much effort, because we wished it to be true. It takes much effort to assimilate a lie, and no effort at all to let the truth be shown to us. And with this, effortless accomplishment comes to us and we are at rest.
The Attraction of “Sin”
There is an attraction to “sin” that is not found in what is recognized as merely as a mistake. The Course says that our way to sin is lit only by “fireflies” that would hurl us over precipices. (T-24.V.4:2) The attraction to sin exists because in our debased self-image, we still long for specialness. And specialness carries with it the seeds of destruction and decay. Be glad that this is true, for the decay is the decay of the ego, and with the ego’s demise goes all our pain and suffering. With Christ’s vision we know a perfect lack of specialness as we hold our brother’s hand and walk Home together.
If we can see our brother as holy, we will have come a long way toward seeing ourselves in the same light. “In him is your assurance God is here, and with you now.” (T-24.VI.1:4) If we see our brother as sinful, it is sure that we perceive ourselves the same. Do not be variable in private assessments of our brother, for such variability will permeate the whole of the world as we see it.
I have frequently recognized that I never get angry unless I am stressed, and this is possibly true for most of us. It is thus very likely that the variability we have been discussing arises out of stress, which is really fear causing us to feel threatened. If we can so clear our minds that we are calm and at peace, we will not be tempted to think ill of our brother. It behooves us so to organize our daily lives to maximize the calm and minimize the myriad frustrations. This we owe to ourselves and to our brother.