In the article on, “A Course in Miracles is Brotherhood,” we discussed the key metaphysical ideas used by the ego portion of the split mind for separation. By viewing others as separate, and using the ego to replace the love of God, we end up in special love or hate relationships. Ultimately, to see another as a brother means we must give up all judgments because we now choose to see the truth about them and ourselves. You can only see who your brothers are, and by default who you are, acim through relinquishing what you judged and made true through error. Error hides truth. Seeing is knowing which reveals truth.
The ego uses a variety of predictable patterns because the basis of its thought system is judgment whose origin stems from sin, fear and guilt. Judgment is always one or the other. As you perceive a brother through judgment, you will project and judge on that brother until you perceive the results back. Once those results are perceived, you will use perception repeatedly to project and judge them even more.
Unfortunately, this uses both sides of the ego wrong mind and compounds the original error until the truth is well hidden. Handing over judgments for correction (forgiveness) stops the cycle.
The ego uses special love and hate relationships, as well as specialness (being different), to keep the illusion of separation going. Use of these types of relationships as cause, is also the ego mind as cause; and the effect is to continue separation between brothers because they are based on the original separation. Remember cause and effect: The mind you choose from, as cause, will result in the corresponding consequences (effect).
This is not about you having to be alone or avoid relationships in life. It is, however, all about how you enter and use them within the mind.
The choice that will set you free is to choose to have your relationships be Holy Relationships. You must be the person practicing forgiveness in all of your relationships, even if you are the only one. It is “special” until you turn it “Holy.” To see another as a brother, a prerequisite to going home, is True Perception which shines a light of truth on you both. The ego cannot prevail against Oneness because it is not real.
Form and Content:
A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very clear that form does not matter. There is nothing in ACIM about behavior and when you judge a brother on his or her behavior, that is the same side of the ego mind. They may be acting from the ego “wrong” mind; but you are judging from the ego “right” mind. To the ego, one judgment is the same as any other.
What the Course says is that content matters. Content is the mind. ACIM concerns itself with you understanding that you can choose the Holy Spirit Right Mind as your internal Teacher thereby producing a different cause and effect.
What you or another does in form (behavior) does not matter. However here are two questions to ask yourself:
When I acted, did I act from the Holy Spirit Right Mind? (Content)
Is my interpretation of my brother from the Holy Spirit Right Mind? (Content)
You won’t have peace unless you can answer “yes” to both. Choose again if you need to. It is never too late.
There is Only One of Us:
When you judge a brother, you are using the ego mind as cause for that judgment to become a real effect. This is why we emphasize that what you see in another needs to be forgiven in yourself first. Here’s why: (1) You cannot see fault (judgment) in another unless you chose from that portion of the split mind to begin with; (2) You cannot judge what you don’t already believe to be true as it is based on the mind you chose from; and (3) Judgment about another is a statement of the guilt retained in your mind from the original separation because you are choosing to use the ego mind. It is where you are still holding onto fear and guilt instead of choosing correction (forgiveness) for the truth.
Absolutely anyone who shows up and provides you with a chance to heal your mind is a gift you can use. Turn it into a Holy Relationship. This is how you will return your own mind to God, and how others eventually see it for themselves. Hold the light of forgiveness which gives all minds an opportunity to make a different choice. Judge and they run and hide further into darkness and error.
A Call for Love:
Attack is a conscious mind behavior based on projection, judgment and perception. The ego’s point is to protect separate identity and therefore, all attack is really a call for love, or forgiveness, which is joining. The more determined you are to know the truth about yourself and a brother, the more you will choose against the ego’s attacks in favor of correction (forgiveness) from the Right Mind.
Responding with love can mean many things and sometimes, it can even mean no response. Other times, you might need a boundary or to take some action. To respond with love, you absolutely must be practicing forgiveness and using the Right Mind to turn over all attack and judgment. The Holy Spirit will give you a solution if you completely turn to that Right Mind for help. “Completely” is the key word.
Eventually you see no attack (error) occurred and that is to know the truth about you and your brother. There is no defense necessary (“defenselessness” on the Split Mind diagram). When you share your willingness not to see error, you have shared what you want to keep and learn for yourself. What you share you find you have.
Sharing means to allow yourself to give to another what you want them to have. Your only reason for doing this is because it is what you want to have for yourself. You are teaching them what you want to be yours. Teaching is instruction of ideas and principles. Do that and you will find you have it because you’ve literally said, “Give back to me what I’ve taught you.”
The metaphysics are simple:
Judge – and that is what you are sharing and expecting to have back.
Love – and that is what you are sharing and expecting to have back.
Another way to consider the idea of sharing is this: (1) Sharing is your decision (choice) on who you believe yourself to be by the content mind you choose as cause; (2) What you share as cause replies as the effect; (3) You teach a brother to give you that cause as your effect; and (4) You find you have it, and keep it, because it originated from the split mind as cause and is now returned as effect.
Ideas do not leave their source. Your choice as the content mind as cause is always: (A) The Holy Spirit Right Mind for correction; or, (B) the error of the ego mind.
It’s as simple as that. Sharing is a choice of mind with corresponding results and is based entirely on what you think you have as being true within that chosen mind. Ego mind has limits. God mind is knowledge which is heaven and oneness.
Seeing a Brother:
By now you’ve hopefully begun to realize that you must be the one to change your mind about your brothers to see them as brothers. Relinquishing judgment ends separation and reveals the light of the truth about us all: Your brother is you.
When you make all your relationships become Holy Relationships, you have entered through the keyhole of a doorway to freedom, love, peace, joy and happiness. Abundance lies here in sharing Holy interpretations from the Holy Spirit, God’s solution in the mind. Choosing this as cause, you share with your Holy Relationships those effects so that all minds can be healed and return to their rightful place with God.
Let me ask you to consider this: Through a brother, you see your own guilt (judgments) and what needs to be forgiven in yourself because therein lies the mind you chose as cause. Sharing means giving and teaching what you want to keep for yourself and expect returned to you from your brother as effect. Then, who exactly would you be doing all this with? We perceive, judge and project and as we do, it is returned through our brothers as they are perceived in the mind.