“Only those who give over all desire to reject can know that their own rejection is impossible. (T48)”
1 – Give Up the Ego and Rejection – Both!
Rejection is of the ego, and once we relinquish the desire to reject our brother, we too know that our Self cannot be rejected by God. Knowing this is a great release. We cannot be rejected by God! What a glorious incentive to give up the ego.
2 – Personal Experience
We sometimes see rejection when there has been none. I think back over some of my actions, and I realize that the people involved may have read rejection when I was actually being shy. Introversion can seem like rejection. We cannot always see into our own motivations, and certainly others cannot see into our motivations either. All of us need to realize that personalities differ, and what we thought that we meant may have been totally misunderstood. We may have been calling for love in the only way that, at the moment, we knew. And our own diffidence may have masked that call.
3 – All Have Known Rejection
All of us have known rejection. We may remember these incidents as among the worst of our life. But we do not have to be wounded irreparably. There is a way out. Once we have started to turn away from the ego, our perceptions are cleansed, and we at that time know less rejection from others. This is a principal motivator of the Course. And once motivation has been increased, we are well on our way to the Atonement.
4 – Rejection Always Starts with Ourselves
If we want Atonement, we must realize that nobody is actually rejecting us. It always starts with ourselves. We are projecting a perception of rejection, and so it becomes true for us. This is the pain of living in an illusion. We make what we see outside of ourselves; we are participating in the mass hallucination (an interpretation of ACIM, not stated therein).
5 – We Are Healed
Rejection from others, or our own personal rejection of self or others, can be one of the main disappointments in life. Once we truly realize that it is ourselves who have initiated any rejection, even when it seems to come from others, we are healed.
May we realize that in rejection, we are in the driver’s seat. We have made this situation, however much we may try to blame others. Help us especially not to blame You.
May we cease to contemplate rejection in any form. When this is accomplished, we will be well on our way to Atonement, a lasting Atonement.