ACIM Workbook Lesson 192 – for Wednesday, July 11, 2012
“Therefore, hold no one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free. The way is simple. Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head. And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free. Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death. And so you owe him thanks instead of pain. (WB366)”
1 – See the Sword Averted
A very important passage, this lesson for today is telling us what we must do when we feel a stab of anger. And who among us does not still feel anger, even if one believes himself/herself to be enlightened?
2 – Stress and the “Pain Body”
We are likely to be stressed at the time that we seem most out of control. As Eckhart Tolle would say, our “pain body” is in the ascendancy, and we want pain at any and all costs. We are not in our right mind; we are even more insane than the usual.
3 – The Ego = Strong in Conflict
If we can realize that averting the sword above one’s head actually makes us free, we might be more inclined to follow this passage when the daily pathway turns grim. We want to be free, but we cannot be free if we are caught by anger and attack, for the ego is strong in conflict (paraphrase from ACIM).
4 – Temptations to Anger
Our brothers and sisters who tempt us to anger are actually doing us a favor, for without their input, we would not be inclined to choose the good more often than the bad. They, in turn, are merely asking for help at such times. A brother or sister who attacks is calling for help, and the only sane response is to rush to his/her side with that help. We must be reasonable, and ACIM does not counsel doing anything that will escalate the conflict. If we are in danger, bodily or mentally, it would be wise to act later on, when the heat is out of the moment. (These are interpretations, not stated in ACIM.)
5 – Venting and Our Anger
Do we really owe our brother or sister thanks for the stab of anger that his/her venting has elicited? According to ACIM, we do. We can recognize that we will not likely ever be free of moments of being tempted into anger, but we can fly into a great calm rather than into a great fury.
6 – This Lesson for Today
Making that choice is what today’s Workbook lesson is all about.
I would choose today to be free of stabs of anger. If my brother or sister tempts me to anger, help me to turn aside from attacking verbally. Help me to realize that in all likelihood, this brother or sister is stressed, and I have been there, throughout my lifetime, many times. I would want someone to forgive me when I am letting Eckhart’s “pain body” rise to ascendancy. May we all pray today that our pain bodies will be released, and that we will enjoy the peace and harmony that You want for us above all else.
Be with me as I walk the pathway to You today.
May I take a timeout, leaving the room temporarily, if my temper is threatening to get the best of me. It is actually the “worst” of me. And I would not indulge my ego today by venting when I am stressed. And I don’t get angry unless I am stressed.
May my brothers and sisters adopt what coping mechanisms they find most useful in avoiding anger and attack.