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What You Believe About Your Brother and God
Speaker: [begins with a reading from ACIM]
“Accept the dream He gave instead of yours. It is not difficult to change a dream when once the dreamer has been recognized. Rest in the Holy Spirit, and allow His gentle dreams to take the place of those you dreamed in terror and in fear of death. He brings forgiving dreams, in which the choice is not who is the murderer and who shall be the victim. In the dreams He brings there is no murder and there is no death. The dream of guilt is fading from your sight, although your eyes are closed. A smile has come to lighten up your sleeping face. The sleep is peaceful now, for these are happy dreams.”
This next paragraph, we could print it out and just put it up on the wall as a motto for this house. When things start to boil up about food and laundry or cleaning or this or that or money, look to the wall and see, here it is on the wall! Whenever it is getting rough, whenever it is too hard to take…
“Dream softly of your sinless brother, who unites with you in holy innocence. And from this dream the Lord of Heaven will Himself awaken His beloved Son. Dream of your brother's kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. And do not brush aside his many gifts because he is not perfect in your dreams. He represents his Father, Whom you see as offering both life and death to you.
Brother, He gives but life. Yet what you see as gifts your brother offers represent the gifts you dream your Father gives to you. Let all your brother's gifts be seen in light of charity and kindness offered you. And let no pain disturb your dream of deep appreciation for his gifts to you.”
That is quite a different context to think in. If I think my brother is doing something irritating to me, those are the gifts that I think my Father in heaven is giving to me. That just puts it in a whole different context. If I think my brother is untrustworthy, I think my Father is untrustworthy. If I think my brother is greedy, is disrespectful, controlling; whatever the thoughts I have about my brother that go through my mind – those are the gifts that I think my Father has for me. And if you keep it in that context and you start to see the absurdity of it all. But not seen within that context; seen within ‘Here I am, I am a person stuck in this world and these are the people that are in my face everyday’ … ‘It would be much better if so-and-so would just do this differently or change’ and so on – that is the way the ego sees the world. It’s the only way it can see the world.
Just remember that when you are looking through the body’s eyes, you are looking through the image-maker. You are seeing a world of images and you are seeing through the eyes of the image-maker, the eyes of the ego.
The Holy Spirit, Jesus says, does not perceive the world the way you do. It is not like when the event or situation happens you can go off into your closet and pray and say, ‘Oh, did you see that Holy Spirit? Can you imagine that they did that to me?’. That isn’t a prayer. That is the ego’s prayer.
Participant 1: Because the Holy Spirit didn’t see it.
Speaker: He didn’t see it. [chuckling]
Participant 1: He doesn’t know what I am talking about.
Speaker: The Holy Spirit is gently reminding the mind, ‘You are looking through a darkened glass and what you see is not really happening. You believe in separation, you believe you are a person, you believe all these things that you have not questioned. Please come! Bring them to me! I will shine away these beliefs. Don’t dwell on the effects. Don’t dwell on your brother’s sins. Dream on your brothers kindness, select his thoughtfulness.’
It is funny, even the line, ‘Forgive him his illusions’. You start to see more and more that there isn’t another ‘out there’ that I have to forgive; as if there is a person and a personal ‘I’ that can be innocent while this other is guilty. But the whole construction of the world of bodies and persons and everything, that is what has to be forgiven. And where could that construction be except in the mind? That is the only place it can be overlooked.
There is a little poem here from Helen Schucman that I read from time to time. I think of some of the logistical meetings we have had and how things go round and round. Sometimes questions are raised and solutions are offered. This little poem is entitled, Before We Ask. Its from the book called, The Gifts of God. And this is how it goes. It says:
“Let us not question but be still a while. There is an Answer given us before we ask the question. A Solution to all strife and pain and turbulence. A Door to Silence and Absolution. We are free before we ask for freedom, healed before we ask for healing. Remedied for every sorrow given us and sealed within us always present always near in easy access, readily made plain thus God’s Son is answered. Wearily at last he calls upon his Father’s name again.”
It reminds me of a section in the Course called ‘The Quiet Answer’ where it says, “In quietness are all things answered, and is every problem quietly resolved.” What a beautiful idea to hold onto whenever something seems to be bubbling up. In quietness are all things answered.
You want a session? Holy Spirit says, ‘I’ll give you a session. Let’s have some of the silent treatment. That will do it for you.’
And if there is resistance until we reach that point we shall talk. We will talk again.
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