This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. Today, we are beginning with Chapter 6, The Lessons of Love.
“Anger cannot occur unless you believe that you have been attached, that your attack is justified in return, and that you are in no way responsible for it.”
That single sentence is powerful. Anger, as we have learned is a function of the ego. When we are angry, as the sentence above from ACIM states, we believe we have been wronged and we believe we are justified in our anger and subsequent retaliation. The text tells us that anger always involves separation and of course, the idea of separation is a creation of the ego. Anger is the exact opposite of Love and Love is the Universal Lesson. Anger, the idea of being attacked and retaliation are all considered insanity. When ACIM uses insanity, I like to think of it as simply being lost in the ego-mind. When we are lost in the ego-mind, we are not thinking clearly, because we think of ego as self and we neglect the part of us that is spirit and the part of us that is universal consciousness and interconnected with every one and every thing – This is the separation.
Fear leads to anger. When we fear losing something of the ego, we become angry at those who threaten the ego.
Finally, we are asked to see Jesus Christ as the model for our spiritual journey. Extreme examples help us grasp complicated examples. Who is a more demonstration of how to love than Jesus himself?
As soon as we grasp a concept and decide to adopt it as our own, we become a teacher of that idea. This is evidenced by how we attempt to explain our ideas to others. We teach our ideas in order for them to gain credence, for the goal of others’ adopting our ideas as their own. This again, is how ideas spread. We all become teachers in order to communicate.
“Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. Your capacity for allegiance to a thought system may be misplaced, but it is still a form of faith and can be redirected”
We each have our own filing system called the mind. We group and categorize things together, this is our thought system. While our thought systems may be incorrect (we may believe incorrectly, for example that God is going to punish us for our mistakes, but this is a misdirected, misinterpretation of the Religious text known as the Bible) A thought system in and of itself is the starting point for learning correctly, to think with our spiritual, Universal mind rather than the ego.