One of many prominent themes in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is approximately others being your brother. In theory, this sounds excellent but it could be difficult to place into practice. It is a very important factor to love your brother when they are being lovable; but it’s quite another to love them when they’re not. When you make a judgment they’ve done something very wrong or harmed you in some way, you won’t be willing to fairly share love with them. The ego will judge them not worthy of love because they’ve caused you harm. This comes from the initial separation and not being worthy of God’s love. You cannot tell another that which you think you do not have.
ACIM is clear: No error has occurred. No separation has happened. As you visually see another body, you assume (judgment) that this 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 produce a God who’ll “give” you the special love another vengeful God denied during the sin of the initial 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 up the components but know that even with one of these understandings, it is going to fall to your willingness to release judgment and doing the actual work of undoing the ego.
These special relationships replace the love of God. They could be love or hate relationships, but either way, they are based on 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 the blink of an eye a course in miracles free To trust God would do that is to think the lie of the ego that God is vengeful and He attacks. You’d only attack others because you believe the exact same lie about yourself. They are judgments you have to be prepared to hand over for correction (forgiveness). Only the ego judges and attacks. You’re not your ego.
Absolutely all relationships are special and soon 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 as well as your own. Holy Relationships are employed by the Holy Spirit for correction of the mind (forgiveness). This makes the decision to see another as a brother an event which becomes real.
The only path any relationship becomes a Holy Relationship is, for one or more of you, to be practicing forgiveness. Seeing someone as a brother means doing this even although you are the only one in the relationship prepared to relinquish judgment. Everything 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 utilize your own personal specialness as a way to increase separation. As long as you see yourself as better, or different, you’re considered special. God’s special love will shine on you since you stand out by being unique.
Examples: Taller versus shorter. College degree(s) versus uneducated. Attractive versus ugly. Wealthy versus poor. Healthy versus sick.
The list goes on and on and understand that either side is a trick as both are still the ego mind. You can be unique because of one’s illness just around 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 quit all judgments of others and everything in this world if you want to go home. As long as you judge yourself or others as being special, or even different, you won’t see everyone as being a brother. Specialness, by definition, is separation because 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 that which you see in another is a projection of your own 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 utilizing your decision maker capabilities for correction. The tirade of judgments is just showing you that which you think you’re: A judgmental ego. Every time you judge, this is exactly what you assert you are. You deny your own personal truth.
It is really quite easy: Look at your judgments of a brother. Your light and theirs are hidden in judgment. That you don’t see that which you keep hidden in judgment. Be prepared to withdraw from projection and judgment and hand them to the Holy Spirit for correction (forgiveness). That is carrying it out and using the decision maker to choose the other side of the split mind.
Hand over all judgments and soon 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 point, separation doesn’t exist as they are regarded as the same. Heaven is sameness and oneness.
We’re all Brothers:
Your decision maker is a neutral observer whose mechanism is dependant on action. The concept isn’t enough. You are able to talk all you need; but putting it into practice is the thing which makes a difference. Choosing to release judgments of a brother , especially during the times that you do not wish to, is the method that you should come to see them as brothers.
The only true form of difference you may make is to change your perceptions of others back again to True Perception. You need 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 need to get back to the sections on forgiveness and guilt, and specialness. Start from there with your own personal judgments about them not doing that which you think they need to on their path. Hand the judgments over for correction (forgiveness) so you can be the entire 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 need to just start from that place. Withdraw from conscious attack and get back to the decision maker. If you want peace, be prepared to hand those judgments over for correction. We’re all in this together so where you start makes no difference. Anyone judging you is showing their reality just while 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.
Regardless of where you are, if you want to see others as your brother , it all begins with you making the decision to see the truth. Do it sometimes, and you see it sometimes. Take action always, and you see it in all ways. At this time, you believe in separation which means you won’t manage to see through the illusion of the ego’s darkness and soon you take decision making action. Who you truly are isn’t 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 the exact 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.