Any time you attack another, in any way, you are attacking the whole. We have said before that we are all related, we are all part of the whole.
Fear and love are both creators, Spirit creates through love, ego creates through fear. We have already learned that fear and love cannot coexist in the same space and therefore, we either operate out of fear, or we operate out of love, there cannot be both. When we operate out of fear, we cannot appreciate the value of another.
So, if we attack anyone, verbally, physically, we are attacking creation itself, because we are all a microcosm of the whole. This tell us that if we hate one, we are hating ourselves, because we are all part of the whole.
Love cannot be destroyed, it is of spirit and is therefore eternal and perfect. Since we cannot have both fear and love at the same time, it shows us that we must relinquish fear all together. Once we do this, we allow love to grow.
We already learned in this chapter that we must be ever vigilant of our thoughts. (Mindfulness is vigilance)
“your ability to direct your thinking as you choose is part of your power. If you do not believe you can do this you have denied the power of your thought, and thus rendered it powerless in your belief.”
You must be vigilant for thoughts of fear, judgment and hatred. We know these are aligned with the ego, not the spirit. You must believe in your power. We learned early in the first chapter that everything begins in the mind and it is the mind that must be healed.
We have also learned previously that the ego will believe and try to convince you of many things in order to protect itself, yet, the ego is also the very thing which we must let go. The ego protects itself by denying the very power of the mind it uses to do this. Remember, the mind is very, very powerful, it has the power within itself to perform miracles. But in order to access this part of the mind, we must let go of the ego.
In order for the ego to exist, it must be part of the separation. The ego thinks your body is you, it does not recognize the soul. The soul however (interchangeable with spirit) is eternal and perfect and one with every other part of creation.
We have said before that wisdom (Known as knowledge in ACIM) is innate, it is the part of is which knows all of the secrets of the universe and recognizes our connection with everyone and everything. Since the ego does not recognize itself as part of the whole, it cannot afford the wisdom of totality, because it is perceived as a threat to the ego.
We have heard that the heart has a mind of its own. It is here that I introduce you to that very concept. Your very essence in the Kingdom of God is of Love. You are nothing more than love. Like a child created by the union of two loving parents, God created each of us in this way. But you are more than the totality of your bodily existence and your heart is where this secret lies. You are love and Love is your power.
The ego cannot comprehend this, and it opposes appreciation and recognition of this wisdom. In order to detach itself from the whole, the ego can and will attach itself to anything in order to protect itself. You have seen those whose entire existence lies externally. Their existence lies in their job, or their car, or their home, or their sport, or their addiction. They live for it. This is the work of the ego attaching itself to something other than the truth, for the truth can only be found within.