One of the prominent themes in a Course in Miracles (ACIM) is about others being your brother. Theoretically, this sounds really good but it can be difficult to apply. It is one thing to love your brother when they are increasingly being loving; but it's quite another to love them when they're not. When you make a judgment they've done something wrong or harmed you in some way, you won't be happy to share love with them. The ego will judge them not worthy of love because they have caused you harm. This comes from the original splitting up and not being worthy of God's love. You cannot tell another what you think you don't have.
ACIM is clear: No error has occurred. No splitting up has happened. Because you successfully see another body, you assume (judgment) that this person differs from the others, and difference means splitting up to the ego mind. The illusion of a separate identity is thus made real. acim app
Specialness now exists freeing the ego to manufacture a God that will "give" you the special love the other vengeful God refused during the sin of the original splitting up. Specialness also reaches to your inlaws whom the ego uses replace the love of the vengeful God.
What does it take to see another as your brother? Let's break down the components but remember that even with these understandings, it is going to come down to your readiness to ignore judgment and doing the actual work of undoing the ego.
These special relationships replace the love of God. They can be love or hate relationships, but either way, they use the "wrong" or "right" mind of the ego. If you do one little thing an ego family court judges wrong, it goes from adore 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 would only attack others because you believe the same lie about yourself. These are judgments you must be happy to pay for a static correction (forgiveness). Only the ego family court judges and attacks. You are not your ego.
Absolutely all relationships are special until you determine to make them Holy. You cannot see others as your brother if you are involved in judgment and projection. The darkness shades you to their light as well as your own. Holy Relationships are used by the Holy Spirit for a static 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 at least one of you, to be practicing forgiveness. Seeing someone as a brother means doing this even if you are the only person in the relationship happy to give up judgment. What you do as cause will be your effect.
Another favorite employed by the ego to keep you from seeing another as your brother is with your own specialness as a way to increase splitting up. If you see yourself as better, or different, you are considered special. God's special love will shine giving you because you stand out when you are unique.
Examples: Tall versus shorter. College degree(s) versus uneducated. Beautiful versus ugly. Wealthy versus poor. Healthy versus sick. The list goes on and on and remember that either side is a trick as both are still the ego mind. You can be unique because of your illness the maximum amount of as having your health. Remember, the ego's judgments are one or the other. It knows no other way.
ACIM clearly points out that you have to give up all judgments of others and everything on earth if you want to go home. As long as you judge yourself or others as being special, or even different, you won't see everyone else as being a brother. Specialness, by definition, is splitting up because it enables you to unique. Only sameness and oneness exist in Heaven and your inlaws are all the same. Judgment hides this from you.
Forgiveness and Guiltiness:
The Course also makes clear that what you see in another is a projection of your guiltiness and therefore, what you ought to eliminate in yourself. Judgment of a brother keeps you from knowing yourself directly as it distracts you from using your decision maker capabilities for a static correction. The tirade of judgments is actually showing you what you think you are: A judgmental ego. Every time you judge, it’s this that you are saying you are. You refute your own truth.
It is really fairly simple: Look at your judgments of a brother. Your light and theirs are hidden in judgment. You don't see what you keep hidden in judgment. Be happy to withdraw from projection and judgment and hand them over to the Holy Spirit for a static correction (forgiveness). That is doing the work and using the decision maker to choose the other side of the split mind.
Pay all judgments unless you receive a static correction (forgiveness) and you will find this to be true. You'll see another as a brother when judgment about them is gone. When this occurs, splitting up doesn't exist because they are viewed as the same. Heaven is sameness and oneness.
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