Among the prominent themes in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is all about others being your brother. In theory, this sounds excellent but it could be difficult to put into practice. It’s a very important factor to love your brother when they’re being lovable; but it’s quite another to love them when they’re not. Once you make a judgment they’ve done something very wrong or harmed you in a way, you won’t be willing to generally share love with them. The ego will judge them not worthy of love because they have caused you harm. This arises from the original separation and not being worthy of God’s love. You can’t tell another what you think you may not have.
ACIM is clear: No error has occurred. No separation has happened. Since you visually see another body, you assume (judgment) that this person is different, and difference means separation to the ego mind. The illusion of a separate identity is thus made real. Specialness now exists freeing the ego to generate a God who will “give” you the special love the other vengeful God denied through the sin of the original separation. Specialness also reaches your brothers whom the ego uses replace the love of the vengeful God.
What does it decide to try see another as your brother ? Let’s break down the components but be aware that even with one of these understandings, it is going to fall to your willingness to let go of judgment and doing the specific work of undoing the ego.
These special relationships replace the love of God. They could be love or hate relationships, but either way, they’re on the basis of the “wrong” or “right” mind of the ego. Should you choose one little thing an ego judges wrong, it goes from love to hate faster compared to blink of an eye acim video To trust God would do this is to trust the lie of the ego that God is vengeful and He attacks. You’d only attack others because you believe the same lie about yourself. They’re judgments you must be prepared to hand over for correction (forgiveness). Only the ego judges and attacks. You are not your ego.
Absolutely all relationships are special until you choose to create them Holy. You can’t see others as your brother if you should be involved in judgment and projection. The darkness blinds you to their light along with your own. Holy Relationships are employed by the Holy Spirit for correction of your head (forgiveness). This makes the choice to see another as a brother an experience which becomes real.
The only path any relationship becomes a Holy Relationship is, for at least one of you, to be practicing forgiveness. Seeing someone as a brother means carrying this out even though you are the only person in the connection prepared to relinquish judgment. That which you do as cause will be your effect.
Another favorite employed by the ego to keep you from seeing another as your brother is to use your own specialness as a way to improve separation. Provided that you see yourself as better, or different, you’re considered special. God’s special love will shine you when you stick out by being unique.
Examples: Taller versus shorter. College degree(s) versus uneducated. Attractive versus ugly. Wealthy versus poor. Healthy versus sick.
The list continues and on and remember that each side is a trick as both remain the ego mind. You may be unique because of your illness just as much as having your health. Remember, the ego’s judgments are one or the other. It knows no other way.
ACIM clearly highlights that you have to give up all judgments of others and everything in this world if you intend to go home. So long as you judge yourself or others to be special, as well as different, you won’t see everybody else to be a brother. Specialness, by definition, is separation as it enables you to unique. Only sameness and oneness exist in Heaven and your brothers are all the same. Judgment hides this from you.
Forgiveness and Guilt:
The Course also makes clear that what you see in another is a projection of your guilt and therefore, the thing you need to forgive in yourself. Judgment of a brother keeps you from knowing yourself directly because it distracts you from making use of your decision maker capabilities for correction. The tirade of judgments is just showing you what you think you’re: A judgmental ego. Every time you judge, this is exactly what you say you are. You deny your own truth.
It’s really quite easy: Look at your judgments of a brother. Your light and theirs are hidden in judgment. You don’t see what you keep hidden in judgment. Be prepared to withdraw from projection and judgment and hand them to the Holy Spirit for correction (forgiveness). That’s carrying it out and using the decision maker to choose the other side of the split mind.
Hand over all judgments until you receive correction (forgiveness) and you will find this to be true. You’ll see another as a brother when judgment about them is gone. At that time, separation doesn’t exist as they are seen as the same. Heaven is sameness and oneness.
We are all Brothers:
The decision maker is a neutral observer whose mechanism is based on action. The theory isn’t enough. You can talk all you would like; but putting it into practice is the only thing that makes a difference. Choosing to let go of judgments of a brother , especially during the times you do not want to, is the method that you should come to see them as brothers.
The only real true form of difference you possibly can make is to alter your perceptions of others back to True Perception. You should do this while in a body. Here’s some criteria to keep in mind:
To judge a brother for not putting into practice spiritual principles means you must get back to the sections on forgiveness and guilt, and specialness. Start from there with your own personal judgments about them not doing what you think they need to on the path. Hand the judgments over for correction (forgiveness) so you may be the full light of God that shows them the way. To judge them for not putting the ideas into practice is the method that you experience yourself. Ensure you relinquished all judgment towards others.
To judge a brother and project blame, anger and attack means you must just start from that place. Withdraw from conscious attack and get back to your decision maker. If you like peace, be prepared to hand those judgments over for correction. We’re all in this together so where you begin makes no difference. Anyone judging you is showing their reality just while showing yours when you judge. Focus on turning over judgments from the degree of mind where you will find yourself. That’s presence of mind.
Regardless of where you stand, if you intend to see others as your brother , it all begins with you making your decision to see the truth. Do it often, and you see it sometimes. Take action always, and you see it in all ways. Today, you believe in separation which means you won’t be able to see through the illusion of the ego’s darkness until you take decision making action. Who you actually are isn’t hurt by a brother ; and you have not hurt them. Only the ego claims to be injured and pours salt on the wound. It’s called guilt.
We all have the same wants, needs, problems and goals and our brothers walk beside us as heavenly companions in this world. See them as judgments and they’ll behave as such. See them as Holy, and you’ll see God reflected back at you. All that stands in your way is you handing over every judgment about a brother all the time.