“Can nothing give rise to anger? Hardly so. Remember, then, teacher of God, that anger recognizes a reality that is not there; yet is the anger certain witness that you do believe in it as fact. Now is escape impossible, until you see you have responded to your own interpretation, which you have projected on an outside world. (M-17.9)”
Affirmation: “I would not believe in the things that anger shows me.”
1 – “Nothing”
The “nothing” is the illusion. And this passage for today also indicates that projection leads to perception. We project outward what we are seeing and feeling internally. We project an illusion, a dream.
2 – Anger at Interpretations
Remember that nobody can be angry at a fact. It is always an interpretation that gives rise to anger. (Paraphrases from ACIM.) And the interpretation is always false, if it brings forth any emotion akin to anger or any action akin to attack.
3 – Projection Makes Perception
“Projection makes perception” is part of the theology of A Course in Miracles, and Jesus would not have us delayed by theology. He is concerned with only what everyone can accept. Theology may only delay us. And we do so like to engage in debate! Yet, for those who are ready to accept the theology, it is there for us in ACIM. There is nothing without (from the Text). There is nothing outside of ourselves (also from the Text). When we come to see this, it will be a revelation that has shown the truth of it to us. And we cannot convey revelation from God to another, because it is intensely personal to ourselves. God knows how to speak to each of us in a manner that we can understand.
I would not be angry today. I would not be agitated today, for stress leads, for me, inexorably toward anger. Anger is not justified, because we are always interpreting, and we are interpreting illusions. Why would we get mad at an illusion?
Thank You for these statements from Jesus in A Course in Miracles. I am grateful everyday for the magnificence of ACIM, for what a blessing it is! Be with me as I seek, everyday, to understand this channeled work of Jesus all the more.