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I find it hard to understand hatred. In order to hold onto any kind of anger or condemnation, it requires a real commitment, and it’s also a sacrifice. In order to hold onto these attack thoughts, we must also be deeply committed to a life of either stagnation, torment or degradation.
No one can hold onto that intense negativity and not sacrifice their happiness and their Peace. And yet, I know that there have been times when I felt it was worth it, and I see that others do, too, although it’s definitely on it’s way out – despite what we see in the world.
In my spiritual practice, I find that all disturbances are caused by my judgments. As long as there is no judgment, there is Peace in my mind. And still, when so many are feeling distraught, my empathic nature comes in, and I relate. It feels so sad.
And yet, I have to say that I do believe what Jesus tells us in A Course in Miracles. I find His teachings helpful and comforting.
“I do not know what anything is for.” Lesson 25
“I’m never upset for the reason I think.” Lesson 5
“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?” Lesson 135
“It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful.” M-4.I.A.4.
“Fear arises from lack of love.
The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love.
Perfect love is the atonement.” T-2.VI.7.
How could it be that such insanity as what’s transpired at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the neglect of the good people in Puerto Rico could ever be for good?
I don’t claim to understand it, but here’s what I can feel: I can feel that there is a good that is coming out of it all, and I’m holding that in my mind.
I believe it’s possible that this massacre could lead to different gun laws and less murder.
I believe that exposure of the racism that is being revealed and brought to our attention is bringing forth a healing.
I hold in my mind that the good is being revealed now.
I hold in my mind that healing is happening now.
I hold in my heart that we are all one and that Peace begins with me, and this is the moment now.
I choose Love.
I choose Peace.
I invite you to join with me today and practice:
“Love holds no grievances.” Lesson 68
I’ve held onto grievances for many years, and I no longer wish to do that. Now is a time for committing to Peace with a deep devotion and being the message we’d like to see in the world.
Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me next Wednesday:
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