“. . .[Y]ou would not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize it is your dream. (T588)”
1 – An Insane World
This is the solution to individuals who, in our opinion, treat us badly. It leads easily to forgiveness. It suggests to me that we can call these lamentable actions “insanity,” and then let it go at that. Over time, we may find that calling bad words or actions from another just “insanity” will help to initiate our own sanity, our own living in the real world. At such times of forgiveness, when we are truly living ACIM, we recognize that there is really nothing to forgive. But most of us have not reached this pinnacle yet. We still need to have the gesture of forgiveness, as much for ourselves as for the other(s) involved.
2 – An Illusion
Of course, there are times that we will react first, and then, maybe much later, remember this passage from A Course in Miracles. It is hard to recognize that the “reality” that we see all around us is not really real, especially if things happen in that reality that hurt us.
3 – Patience
May we have patience with ourselves when we fail. There will be times when we do not handle an attack from another in the best way. We will retaliate, only to recognize later that we have acted amiss. Then we need to retrace our steps, and make amends. But first we need to recognize our own frailty, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide our minds ever more carefully.
4 – Resist Attack
ACIM suggests the remedy in these two sentences in the passage, above. May we incorporate this passage so firmly in our minds that we are able to resist striking out verbally (or any other way).
5 – It Is Our Own Dream
We are in a dream that we ourselves made up.
I would remember today that I live in a dream, and so if someone attacks me for any reason, I can know that I had something to do with finding myself in that situation. Attack can be forgiven as a call for help. Help me to have the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” today. I would thank You repeatedly through the day for the gift of the Holy Spirit, Who will take me back home to You.
May I resist responding in attack. Give me the forbearance to refrain from retaliating. May my emotions remain calm, as well as joyous, and may Your presence keep me serene.
I love this life that You have immersed me in, and I thank You everyday for my many blessings. Even though it is a dream, it is a good dream, and only with Awakening will I progress farther along the pathway to You. May Awakening come sooner rather than later.