“To look upon the fear of God does need some preparation. Only the sane can look on stark insanity and raving madness with pity and compassion, but not with fear. For only if they share in it does it seem fearful, and you do share in it until you look upon your brother with perfect faith and love and tenderness.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-19.IV.D.11)
Here we are encouraged to look upon our brother with forgiveness wrought of faith, love, tenderness. He deserves no less, and neither do we, for how we look upon our brother is how we look upon ourselves. There is no difference.
We see God as we see ourselves, and we are lost in insanity, and therefore we fear God, for somehow we think that He too is lost in insanity. It is not true. But we have to recognize that we need to be sane to see God clearly. And we are heading in that direction, toward sanity.
We have long been insane, lost in madness. It does not have to be so, it does not have to remain so. We can step away from madness just as much as have wallowed in it for eons. Now is our time. Now is the time to turn away from insanity. Then we will finally see God clearly as the God of Love that He truly is.
When we look on our brother with compassion, we also look upon ourselves with compassion. Nothing else is right for either of us. But as long as we are lost in egoic fear, the way will seem long and, indeed, impossible.
It is not impossible. Just let a little love into our lives, and we quickly see that this other way, the better way, is what we have been looking for all of our lives.
Seek the love tomorrow, the compassion, the sanity.
We will be richly rewarded.