One of many prominent themes in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is approximately others being your brother. In theory, this sounds great but it could be difficult to place into practice. It is one thing 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 very wrong or harmed you in a way, you won’t be willing to generally share love with them. The ego will judge them not worth love because they’ve caused you harm. This originates from the first separation and not being worth God’s love. You can’t give another everything you think you may not have.
ACIM is clear: No error has occurred. No separation has happened. When you visually see another body, you assume (judgment) that person is different, 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 will “give” you the special love one other vengeful God denied during the sin of the first separation. Specialness also extends to 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 remember that even with these understandings, it is going to fall to your willingness to forget about judgment and doing the particular 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 on the basis of 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 than the blink of an eye. To think God would do this is to believe the lie of the ego that God is vengeful and He attacks. You’d only attack others because you imagine the exact same lie about yourself. They’re judgments you need to be ready 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 can’t see others as your brother if you should be involved in judgment and projection acim audio The darkness blinds you to their light as well as your own. Holy Relationships are employed 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 way any relationship becomes a Holy Relationship is, for one or more of you, to be practicing forgiveness. Seeing someone as a brother means achieving this even though you are alone in the connection ready 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 personal specialness as a way to boost separation. So long as you see yourself as better, or different, you’re considered special. God’s special love will shine you when you stand out by being unique.
Examples: Taller versus shorter. College degree(s) versus uneducated. Good looking versus ugly. Wealthy versus poor. Healthy versus sick.
The list continues and on and understand that each side is a trick as both continue to be the ego mind. You may be unique because of your 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 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, or even different, you won’t see everybody else as being a brother. Specialness, by definition, is separation as 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 everything you see in another is a projection of your 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 making use of your decision maker capabilities for correction. The tirade of judgments is merely showing you everything you think you’re: A judgmental ego. Everytime you judge, this is exactly what you say you are. You deny your personal truth.
It is really quite simple: Look at your judgments of a brother. Your light and theirs are hidden in judgment. That you do not see everything you keep hidden in judgment. Be ready to withdraw from projection and judgment and hand them over 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 see this to be true. You’ll see another as a brother when judgment about them is gone. At that time, separation doesn’t exist because they are viewed as the same. Heaven is sameness and oneness.
We are all Brothers:
Your choice maker is a neutral observer whose mechanism is dependant on action. The theory isn’t enough. You can talk all you would like; but putting it into practice is the only thing that produces a difference. Choosing to forget about judgments of a brother , especially during the changing times you do not want to, is the method that you will come to see them as brothers.
The only true form of difference you can make is to change your perceptions of others back once again to True Perception. You must do this while in a body. Here’s some criteria to help keep in mind:
To judge a brother for not putting into practice spiritual principles means you must return to the sections on forgiveness and guilt, and specialness. Start from there with your personal judgments about them not doing everything you think they will on the path. Hand the judgments over for correction (forgiveness) so you may be the full light of God that shows them the way. To judge them for not putting the ideas into practice is the method that you feel about yourself. Make sure you relinquished all judgment towards others.
To judge a brother and project blame, anger and attack means you must just begin from that place. Withdraw from conscious attack and return to your decision maker. If you would like 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 whenever you judge. Focus on turning over judgments from the level of mind where you will find yourself. That’s presence of mind.
Irrespective of what your location is, if you wish to see others as your brother , it all begins with you making your decision to see the truth. Do it sometimes, and you see it sometimes. Do it always, and you see it in all ways. At this time, you imagine 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 path is you handing over every judgment about a brother all the time.