Among the prominent themes in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is about others being your brother. In theory, this sounds excellent but it can be difficult to put into practice. It is something to love your brother when they are being lovable; but it’s quite another to love them when they’re not. Once you make a judgment they’ve done something wrong or harmed you in a way, you won’t be willing to talk about love with them. The ego will judge them not worth love because they have caused you harm. This comes from the first separation and not being worth God’s love. You cannot give another everything you think you may not have.
ACIM is clear: No error has occurred. No separation has happened. As you visually see another body, you assume (judgment) that person is significantly diffent, 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 create a God who’ll “give” you the special love one other vengeful God denied throughout the sin of the first separation. Specialness also also includes 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 come down 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 may be love or hate relationships, but in any event, they are based on the “wrong” or “right” mind of the ego. Should you one little thing an ego judges wrong, it goes from love to hate faster compared to the blink of an eye. To trust God would do that is to think the lie of the ego that God is vengeful and He attacks acim video You’d only attack others because you imagine exactly the same lie about yourself. They are judgments you need to be ready 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 make them Holy. You cannot see others as your brother if you are involved in judgment and projection. The darkness blinds you for their light in addition to your own. Holy Relationships are used by the Holy Spirit for correction of the mind (forgiveness). This makes the option to see another as a brother an experience which becomes real.
The only method any relationship becomes a Holy Relationship is, for one or more of you, to be practicing forgiveness. Seeing someone as a brother means carrying this out even if you are the only person in the relationship ready to relinquish judgment. Everything you do as cause will soon be your effect.
Another favorite employed by the ego to stop you from seeing another as your brother is by using your own specialness as a way to improve separation. So long as you see yourself as better, or different, you are considered special. God’s special love will shine you as you stick out by being unique.
Examples: Taller versus shorter. College degree(s) versus uneducated. Beautiful versus ugly. Wealthy versus poor. Healthy versus sick.
The list continues and on and understand that either side is a trick as both continue to be the ego mind. You can be unique because of one’s 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’ve to give up all judgments of others and everything in this world if you wish to go home. As long as you judge yourself or others as being special, as well as different, you won’t see everyone as being a brother. Specialness, by definition, is separation because it allows 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 everything you see in another is a projection of your personal guilt and therefore, what you need to forgive in yourself. Judgment of a brother keeps you from knowing yourself directly since it distracts you from making use of your decision maker capabilities for correction. The tirade of judgments is just showing you everything you think you are: A judgmental ego. Each time you judge, this is exactly what you are saying you are. You deny your own truth.
It is really very easy: Look at your judgments of a brother. Your light and theirs are hidden in judgment. You do not see everything you keep hidden in judgment. Be ready to withdraw from projection and judgment and hand them to the Holy Spirit for correction (forgiveness). That is doing the work and utilising the decision maker to choose the other side of the split mind.
Hand over all judgments until you receive correction (forgiveness) and you will discover this to be true. You’ll see another as a brother when judgment about them is gone. At that point, separation doesn’t exist as they are viewed as the same. Heaven is sameness and oneness.
We’re all Brothers:
The decision maker is a neutral observer whose mechanism is based on action. The concept is not enough. You can talk all you need; but putting it into practice is the thing that produces a difference. Choosing to let go of judgments of a brother , especially during the occasions that you don’t want to, is the manner in which you can come to see them as brothers.
The only true form of difference you can make is to alter your perceptions of others back again to True Perception. You have to try 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 ought to return to the sections on forgiveness and guilt, and specialness. Start from there with your own judgments about them not doing everything you think they should on the path. Hand the judgments over for correction (forgiveness) so you may be the total light of God that shows them the way. To judge them for not putting the ideas into practice is the manner in which you feel about yourself. Be sure you relinquished all judgment towards others.
To judge a brother and project blame, anger and attack means you ought to just start from that place. Withdraw from conscious attack and return to your choice maker. If you prefer peace, be ready 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 as you are showing yours once you judge. Work on turning over judgments from the degree of mind where you will find yourself. That’s presence of mind.
No matter where you are, if you wish to see others as your brother , it all begins with you making your choice to see the truth. Do it sometimes, and you see it sometimes. Take action always, and you see it in all ways. Right now, you imagine in separation so 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 is not hurt by a brother ; and you’ve not hurt them. Only the ego claims to be injured and pours salt on the wound. It’s called guilt.
We all have exactly 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 will 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.