We must honor the brothers who have been given us as special learning partners. Knowing that they have indeed been chosen by God and left in our care for a little while puts a cloud of holiness around each one. Surely we owe our gratitude to God and to our brothers given unto our charge. Never forget that it is these brothers who light our pathway Home.
A Course in Miracles says, “Forgiveness is the end of specialness.” (T-24.III.1:1) Can this be? I pray frequently, “Help me to forgive others and help me to forgive myself.” This seems such a “right” prayer, I think, because of the Course’s contention that projection makes perception. We see in others what we have not yet recognized in ourselves. When we feel ourselves to be special, we are holding something still against our brother; we are “better” than he, he who does not merit forgiveness for black “sins” that we would not do. But this is all illusion. We too could make these same mistakes, and we too must forgive such tendencies within ourselves, even as we forgive the perpetrator of the “evil” of which we now recognize, on some level, we are capable. We are all One, and that is the understanding that, as has been frequently said, “We are all brothers under the skin.”
–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.