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The ego uses a selection of predictable patterns as the basis of its thought system is judgment whose origin is due to sin, fear and guilt. Judgment is always one or the other. As you perceive a brother through judgment, you’ll project and judge on that brother until you perceive the outcomes back. Once those results are perceived, you will use perception repeatedly to project and judge them a lot more.
Unfortunately, this uses both sides of the ego wrong mind and compounds the original error until the truth is well hidden. Handing over judgments for correction (forgiveness) stops the cycle.
The ego uses special love and hate relationships, as well as specialness (being different), to help keep the illusion of separation going. Use of these kind of relationships as cause, is also the ego mind as cause; and the effect would be to continue separation between brothers because they are using the original separation. Remember cause and effect: The mind you choose from, as cause, will result in the corresponding consequences (effect).
This is simply not about you having to be alone or avoid relationships in life. It is, however, all about how you enter and utilize them within the mind.
The choice which will set you free is to choose to have your relationships be Holy Relationships. You must function as person practicing forgiveness in all of your relationships, even if you are the only 1. It is “special” and soon you transform it “Holy.” To see another as a brother, a prerequisite to going home, holds true Perception which shines a light of truth you both. The ego cannot prevail against Oneness because it is not real.
Form and Content:
A TRAINING COURSE in Miracles (ACIM) is quite clear that form does not matter. There is nothing in ACIM about behavior so when you judge a brother on his / her behavior, this is the same side of the ego mind. They may be acting from the ego “wrong” mind; nevertheless, you are judging from the ego “right” mind. To the ego, one judgment is the same as any other.
What the Course says is that content matters. Content is the mind. ACIM concerns itself with you knowing that you can choose the Holy Spirit Right Mind as your internal Teacher thereby creating a different cause and effect.
What you or another does in form (behavior) does not matter. However here are two questions to consider:
When I acted, did I act from the Holy Spirit Right Mind? (Content)
Is my interpretation of my buddy from the Holy Spirit Right Mind? (Content)
You won’t have peace unless you can answer “yes” to both. Choose again if you need to. It is never too late.
There is Only One of Us:
Once you judge a brother, you are using the ego mind as cause for that judgment to become a real effect. That is why we emphasize that what you see in another has to be forgiven in yourself first. Here’s why: (1) You cannot see fault (judgment) in another unless you chose from that part of the split mind to begin with; (2) You cannot judge everything you don’t already believe to be true since it is using the actually chose from; and (3) Judgment about another is a statement of the guilt retained in your thoughts from the initial separation because you opting for to utilize the ego mind. It is where you are still holding onto fear and guilt instead of choosing correction (forgiveness) for the reality.
Absolutely anyone who shows up and provides you with to be able to heal your mind is really a gift you should use. Turn it right into a Holy Relationship. This is one way you will return your personal mind to God, and how others eventually view it for themselves. Hold the light of forgiveness which gives all minds an opportunity to make a different choice. Judge plus they run and hide further into darkness and error.
A Call for Love:
Attack is really a conscious mind behavior based on projection, judgment and perception. The ego’s point would be to protect separate identity and for that reason, all attack is often a demand love, or forgiveness, which is joining. The more determined you’re to know the reality about yourself and a brother, the more you will choose against the ego’s attacks in favor of correction (forgiveness) from the Right Mind.
Responding with love often means a lot of things and sometimes, it could even mean no response. Other times, you might need a boundary or to take some action. To respond with love, you absolutely should be practicing forgiveness and utilizing the Right Mind to turn over-all attack and judgment. The Holy Spirit will give you a solution if you completely turn to that Right Mind for help. “Completely” may be the key word.
Eventually you see no attack (error) occurred which is to know the reality about you and your brother. There is no defense necessary (“defenselessness” on the Split Mind diagram). Once you share your willingness not to see error, you have shared what you need to help keep and learn for yourself. What you share you find you have.
Sharing means to allow yourself to give to another what you want them to possess. Your only reason behind doing this is basically because it is what you want to have for yourself. You are teaching them what you want to be yours. Teaching is instruction of ideas and principles. Do this and you may find you have it because you’ve literally said, “Surrender if you ask me what I’ve taught you.” a course in miracles