This post is part of a series entitled: Lessons from A Course in Miracles. We are currently reviewing Chapter 6, The Lessons of Love, Part V The Lessons of Holy Spirit. This is lesson two of the Holy Spirit:
“To have peace, teach peace to learn it.”
In a previous lesson, we learned that in order to learn a lesson better, we should teach it to another. In doing so, we strengthen our ideas, which in turn allows them to grow, as others adopt the lessons and ideas as their own.
We have also learned that the mind is where change must occur first. We must learn to think with a balanced mind, integrating the ideals of the ego with the wisdom of spirit to create our world.
When you do not share a thought system, it weakens. Those who believe in the separation fear attack. By not sharing this thought system, it weakens and that is perceived as attack. We each tend to identify ourselves by our beliefs.
“This is because everyone identifies himself with his thought system, and every thought system centers on what you believe you are”
If your thought system is flawed, you will then perceive yourself as flawed and project that perception onto others so that you may judge it as flawed. This is a viscous cycle that can only be stopped by changing your perceptions; changing your mind. In order to change a mind, it is necessary to first change the motivation. Increasing motivation for change, lends to change itself. When you start with your why, this should motivate you to choose a path that gets you closer to your end result or intent.
Until we grasp this first lesson, we cannot distinguish the equality of having and being. The very essence of being is having. Until we comprehend this at a fundamental level, giving feels like the opposite of having. Because we do not perceive ourselves as connected, we do not understand that in giving happiness to others, we give it to ourselves. This is a difficult one to learn, but we need only accept it as possible in our minds, in order to move forward. Just because we do not believe it, does not mean it is not true. If a tree falls in the woods and no one sees it, did it ever happen?
“Still strongly aware of the ego in yourself, and responding primarily to the ego in others, you are being taught to react to both as if what you do not believe is not true.”
Remember that the ego fears what it does not understand and seeks to attack in order to ensure its own survival. It follows then that the ego will attack an idea which it does not understand, out of fear. But the idea that one should give in order to have it all, cannot be disputed. Now that the idea has presented to the mind, the part of the mind that is spirit, recognizes it as truth, this is wisdom. In order for the ego to protect itself, it attacks the idea by perceiving it as insane. This is nothing more than judgment of the ego. Now that the idea has been recognized, it will not go away. Because we cannot hold to ideas at the same time, we remain in conflict until we let one idea go. Since creations of spirit cannot be destroyed, the idea will remain with us until we accept it as wisdom (truth), and no longer accept ideas of the ego as fact.
“The way out of conflict between two opposing thought systems is clearly to choose one and relinquish the other. If you identify with your thought systems, and you cannot escape this, and if you accept two thought systems which are in complete disagreement, peace of min is impossible.”
The ego will try to persuade you to believe what it perceives as the truth, it will persuade you to believe the choice is yours and you can choose to believe it, but the spirit will not go away. Spirit is eternal, only the ego can die.
This second lesson is one that affirms your intention of peace. In teaching peace, we learn it, in learning it, we will have it. If you live your life in conflict, you may continue to seek conflict because it is comfortable, it is all you know. When you get a taste of peace however, you know peace and then, you seek it. When you teach it, you will learn it, once you learn it, you will seek it, when you seek it, you will have it. Again, we are like satellites projecting our frequency to the world. Whatever we send out into the universe returns to us, this is the Law of Attraction again in play. If we know peace, we will want peace, in teaching it to others then, we will find it. We create our world through our intention.
“To desire wholly is to create, and creating cannot be difficult if God himself created you as a creator.”
We will create Peace through our intentions. To have it, we teach it.