“Learn this, and learn it well, for it is here delay of happiness is shortened by a span of time you cannot realize. You never hate your brother for his sins, but only for your own. Whatever form his sins appear to take, it but obscures the fact that you believe them to be yours, and therefore meriting a ‘just’ attack. (T651)”
Affirmation: “I would not hate my brother for my ‘sins.'”
1 – “Only for Your Own”
“. . .[O]nly for your own.” This statement will go a very long way toward eliminating judging in our little world. If we can believe that we are looking within (unconsciously), and then looking outward, seeing that same secret sin in others that we think is within ourselves, we will have a moment of recognition that will be illuminating. It is always ourselves that we are seeing. We blame our brothers and sisters for the thoughts or actions that we ourselves would be prone to have or make.
2 – Especially Helpful Truth
This truth is especially helpful within the family, our significant other (our “brother,” in the terminology of the A Course in Miracles), or “brothers” in our circle of friends.
3 – Avoid Judging
Avoiding judgment is very important to learning the ACIM. If we fail at this juncture, we are likely to fall away from the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings, (WB270)” and darkness will close upon us once again.
4 – Judgment Does Not Keep Us Safe
How do we avoid judgment when we have been taught in this world that judgment keeps us safe? We think that we made a place of safety for ourselves, but it is not so. We think that defending ourselves against presumed attacks will help us to walk a smoother pathway. It is not so. We cannot know all the facts in any given situation, and that is why ACIM counsels leaving all judgment to the Holy Spirit (who does know all the facts). We avoid judgment by a concerted decision to do so, recognizing that we will not always refrain, and knowing that forgiveness is called for when we have judged without considering the full ramifications of what we are doing. We go within, perhaps by distancing ourselves from the source of trouble, and we seek God’s solace. Then we are in a much better position to reenter the world with a clear conscience, one that has reaffirmed that judgment is not the way that we wish to go.
I would join with my brother today, my most significant other, and I would not judge him in any way. I would long for the time that we live harmoniously, just as harmoniously as, blessedly, we are living today. May I forgive myself when I misstep. And may I forgive him. Thank You for being there for me as I find my way through the maze of relationship in our insane world. I would live in the real world more and more, and I would ask You to help me do the things that are up to me to do. But I would lean on the Holy Spirit as my Guide, until the time that Christ-consciousness as enveloped me on a sustained basis.
Be with us in safety today. So often I have longed to be safe. And, even though this world is insane, I know now that I can be safe in it, for I have You in me. May the dream that I project not turn nasty. May my innermost feelings reflect the best that You would choose for me.
Thank You for this good day. I choose intimacy and happiness over being right all the time. I choose to be happy rather than right, as A Course in Miracles implies that I should.