When we think of attack, it always brings to mind images of war or some kind of physical assault. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), attack means far more than causing bodily harm. We’ve all been the victim of less obvious attacks where we come away feeling all alone, angry and victimized by others; and in return, we victimize them by retaliating. All attack is known as a demand love because the individual is experiencing a condition of the notion of separation. We never attack another unless we already agreed (chose) to think ourselves separate and different.
Something that is part of the teachings in the Course, but not widely understood as a core teaching, is that anyone who is suffering, in pain, sick, ill, upset, feeling alone, desperate, has problems, needs, lack, etc., is experiencing the belief in separation. What they do not need is anyone to attack them and increase their feeling of separation and guilt. This doesn’t heal and only serves to further the ego errors for both victim and victimizer. The catch could be the victimizer (attacker) is also experiencing the separation because they would not attack another when they understood it to be themselves (not separate). Victim and victimizer are the two sides of exactly the same coin of error.
We don’t join with brothers until we remove all traces of attack from the mind. Attack could be the behavior from choosing with the ego to help keep guilt projected on another, versus looking within, and it denies the Truth. Withdrawal from attack and correcting our personal mind, no real matter what, is the main element to freedom. If we genuinely wish to grasp the Course by practicing forgiveness, we have to understand to catch ourselves in the ego trick of utilizing the Course for attack. It is extremely covert (hidden and not obvious) until you realize how it works and so it follows ab muscles principles the Course is training your head to stop as ego judgments.
As Course students, we could be some of the very most awful victimizers and very unkind towards others beneath the guise of knowing the Course teachings. We forget that our primary focus is on watching how we experience what we’re perceiving in another. We never attack, and are never upset, for the reason why we think.
It is never, ever about each other with the exception of the gift you’ll get in reflecting back to you where you need to correct your brain because of how you’re judging them. Those judgments to them (projections) are really your own personal self-condemnation judgments. If we don’t correct our mind, we repress and hide our personal guilt and end up attacking another. Being Course students, the weapon of choice could be the Course itself.
An uncorrected mind (ego) throws the book at someone. We cite everything we could remember and will search the Course for more just to create our point. The target is to be sure the offending person knows everything they are not doing to correct their mind, i.e., what they’re still doing wrong and yes (judge and jury), what they only don’t get. Nothing gets left out. They really need to get all of the principles and they really need to get it now.
We deny that people don’t “obtain it” as well which will be apparent by us not correcting our mind first. Ignoring our personal anxiety and fear, our concern is for ourselves and what another’s problems or insufficient Course understanding says about us. Should they can’t obtain it, then maybe we can’t. We’re wanting them to prove the Course functions hitting them with it a class in miracles lesson 1.If we repeat the attack often, and to numerous people, then a few of it is likely to sink in and prove us right.
Remember, we just attack in this fashion because we’re still perceiving ourselves separate; and we’re trying to create someone deep in feeling the separation prove to us that we’re not separated. Any kind of insisting, demanding or attempting to force Course comprehension and correction on another is no more than ourselves and what we’re denying. If our mind is corrected, we’re at peace and have trust. If we’ve really accepted the Atonement, we have faith and no reason to push Course stuff on anyone.
Joining a Brother
What it means to join a brother is clear in the Course but it will take the practice of forgiveness (correcting the mind) to learn how to join. We have a fear to check in your mind because of the belief that people might see sin. Getting enough correction of your head (forgiveness) eventually raises the question about sin not really being there.
Of all the times we forgive worries and guilt and the associated judgments, never do we end up seeing, perceiving or looking upon sin. We cannot as it’s only an idea and not real. Once this realization is apparent, the Course points out that our freedom is just partial. We’re on the way to salvation (right-mindedness). Now we ought to join with this brothers. It’s how you can remember God.
Ending the Idea of Separation
Joining is just done in your head and if you wish to end the notion of separation so you’re completely right-minded (salvation), the next step involves your brothers. You may not understand that they are fragments of your brain; but to keep in mind who they are, you should get back to the 1st step in the Course and restore your projections off another and correct your brain no real matter what the situation. Attacking with the Course continues to be maintaining your projections in place. You’ve to put what the Course says into practice in all ways, and all the time, to obtain complete correction of the mind.
Minds are sick that think (believe) they’re separate regardless of the way it shows up in form. Being an attacker, your brain can be as “sick” as the individual you’re attacking even if you are utilizing the Course for the attack. Judgment is judgment.
The sweetness of the Course is in the forgiveness process. When we correct our mind first, we change the interior Teacher to the One who is kind and loving and knows everything for anyone equally. Consider the Course. Even when conveying a few of the darkest messages, it features a very kind and loving tone. Nowhere does it ever say that people should use the book as a tool to be sure everyone gets it. Therefore, our job is to return our mind to the Teacher and take Him with us to participate another who is experiencing the separation and not subscribe to it seeming worse.
People always let’s know what’ll make them feel better. With the proper Teacher, we could comply with what they’re asking (in form) because we see that worries and guilt behind their request is exactly the same fear and guilt inside our mind as well. That recognition ends the illusion of separation and joins the mind. We all want to do it with each and every person inside our lives. If we’re not willing to accomplish this, we’re unhealed healers because we’re judging another and condemning the shape request they’re making for comfort.
Our job isn’t to correct someone, force the Course teachings or shove the language at them. Thus, it could be appropriate to not use the Course teachings (or even its words). With the proper Teacher, our words and actions would naturally be kind, loving and compassionate. What heals could be the light in your head shining with the effectiveness of God. Another’s mind recognizes itself and will ask different questions to create different choices. You might not even say a word. Healing is by using the True Healer which will be extended through you in the joined mind. Minds that are perceiving separation (sick) don’t heal. They attack.