“Anger is never justified. Attack has no foundation. It is here escape from fear begins, and will be made complete. (T638)”
Affirmation: “no anger and no attack”
1 – Attack and Anger = Out of Bounds
Let’s just recognize the truth of these statements, even when the withered ego rebels. Remembering that attack and anger are out of bounds is a great liberator. It will help in the tough times that we go through with our loved ones.
2 – Never Getting Angry?
How do we accomplish never getting angry? We may not, and I do not believe that A Course in Miracles is recommending stifling anger, suppressing or repressing it–a result that would, according to current thinking in psychology, invite disaster in our emotional bearings. I think that the anger doesn’t arise as readily when we are at peace, secure in the love that we feel is available to us, and aware of ACIM‘s tenet that we live in illusion, in maya (an Eastern term not used in ACIM). If all that we encounter in life is illusion, and we are doing this unto ourselves (another ACIM tenet), we can even come to laugh at our moments of rising ire. We can realize that our ego is rearing its head.
2 – Anger Arises = Stress
I personally have found that anger does not arise in me unless I am stressed. I do not actually how true this is for other people, or whether or not this might be true for you. But give it some thought, if you are so inclined. When anger arises, I know that I need to have a timeout. I am not yet disciplined enough never to express anger by attack, and, of course, this admission flies in the face of the truth of the passage for today. But that is my aim. And I ask for help when I am overwrought. Peace invites compassion and forgiveness. Serenity is catching. Other people will not negatively affect us nearly as much if we are not inwardly seeing something that needs “fixing” in ourselves (a paraphrase from the ACIM teacher Hugh Prather).
3 – Relinquishment of Fear
There is a great boon here as well: Leaving behind anger and attack leads to the relinquishment of fear. Fear has dogged our every step, even when we have not been aware of this. As the Course teaches, there are only fear and love, and, of the two, only love is real.
4 – Innocence
The underlying idea here is that our brother is actually, in his essence, innocent. He has, like we all, been guilty of mistakes, but these can be overlooked–if we don’t at first make them real by thinking too much about them.
5 – Dream = Nothing Real Except Love
We are living a dream in which nothing except the love is real. That is why anger and attack are never justified.
I would ask You to help me to live peaceably this day, not allowing the normal stress of the day to impact my temperament. I know that I never get angry and am then tempted to attack verbally, unless I am stressed. I do not believe that stress is Your will. I realize that some stress is even good, but all too often my stress escalates, and then I do not walk the pathway that You have laid out for me.
I would relinquish anger and attack with the assertion of my will, believing surely that it is Your will also. Be with me in my weak moments.
Thank You. You are always there; it is myself that chooses to look outward rather than within.