As Jesus says, unfairness and attack are one mistake (T-26.X.3:1), just two aspects intertwined at every point. We must beware of the temptation to see ourselves unfairly treated, for the secret is this: We are doing this unto ourselves. Nothing happens without our permission being granted at some level of our being. Always we are trying to effect our salvation. We may be misguided in the choices that we make, but remember that it is our dream we are dreaming. When we perceive ourselves to be deprived, we are the culprit. We need only turn to the Christ within, the presence of God within, to set aright again our little world, to give up our sick little games. Of course, just to turn to the Christ within is the first step. We must still retrace all our steps and have the ladder toward egoism withdrawn for us, and this the Holy Spirit does well, being the function for which He was created.
The world’s purpose is not to play sick little games of blame and victimization. As the Holy Spirit sees the world, its only purpose is to make known to us the presence of our Guests within–the Christ and God Himself, the Son (or Daughter) and the Father (or Mother). Playing the “blame game” will obscure their presence, and the sparkle that the world could have will grow dim and even dark. We must not seek to add our purpose to the world, thereby confusing the issue and taking away from its singleness of purpose as viewed by our Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Instead, let us let Son and Father be shown to us, and know that in this revealing will the purpose of the world be completely fulfilled.
We are not “special,” different, or unique in that what we are can in any way be better (or less) than our brother. We will all walk Home together, or none of us, and Jesus assures that all of us will find our way back to God, though the time will be far distant unless we pull together. Because each needs his brother, the way will be shorter (the time more compacted) if we hold our brother’s hand as we walk. If we realize this shared destiny fully, we will never wish to be considered more “special” than another. We will be friends one to another because we have a shared purpose. (T-24.I.6:4) We will protect one another along the way, aware that our failure is his, and just as clearly, his failure is ours.
There is a brighter side because the victories belong to both of us as well. There can be no solitary purpose when we are all joined as One in the eyes of God. Look closely at whatever divides one from another. Is it not that each of us harbors a secret belief that we are more special, better than the other to whom we have been in relationship? This is what causes broken bonds, an egotistical desire to be separate in order to preserve one’s specialness.
–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.
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Amen. I soooo enjoy your posts. Thank you.
Very true! I struggle to remember this in the moment sometimes!