In my message about creation stories (listen here), Universal and personal, I called upon some words from A Course In Miracles. From 24.I.7 in the Teacher’s Manual we read, “Your brother is your friend because his Father created him like you. There is no difference. You have been given to your brother that love might be extended, not cut off from him. What you keep is lost to you. God gave you and your brother Himself, and to remember this is now the only purpose that you share. And so it is the only one you have.”
When we’re walking through life with people who see the world in ways similar to us, this is a comforting reading that can lead us to deepen our relationship with them. When that person we’re engaging is someone who sees the world differently, it often feels like they are not only unlike us, but that they are on the other side of a wall that separates them from us. When we’re walking a path focused on connection, it is sometimes hard to remember that each and every person we meet is more than the particular issue about which we agree or disagree. It is tempting to put a wall between ourselves and that person, or to believe that they have placed the wall there and that we are trapped on the other side of it.
To really be mindful of our own creation of the world means maintaining a disbelief in those walls. When they start to creep up, we must look for the keystone and pull it out as quickly as possible. In many instances, that keystone is the belief that any person is other than our brother or sister. The keystone is the belief that any person on this planet doesn’t deserve the love that we might extend to them. And, sometimes, that comes with a bit of remembering that people only love as best they can in that moment. Being at our own best means keeping forgiveness of this kind in mind. We forgive them and ourselves until the rightness of it all becomes clear.
I invite you to recollect a time in your recent history when someone’s version of the world felt less-than-loving to you. Consider a time when someone’s belief felt like a personal affront. Now consider the wholeness of that person and their life. Find the places where you can imagine they were caring and loving and compassionate. Let that compassionate understanding dissolve the wall that you imagined between you. Their supposed belief in the wall is not enough to keep it intact. Let it fall away. Let connection be paramount.
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