the thought of vengeance is not valuable

T-17.III.6. The ego seeks to “resolve” its problems, not at their source, but where they were not made. 2 And thus it seeks to guarantee there will be no solution. 3 The Holy Spirit wants only to make His resolutions complete and perfect, and so He seeks and finds the source of problems where it is, and there undoes it. 4 And with each step in His undoing is the separation more and more undone, and union brought closer. 5 He is not at all confused by any “reasons” for separation. 6 All He perceives in separation is that it must be undone. 7 Let Him uncover the hidden spark of beauty in your relationships, and show it to you. 8 Its loveliness will so attract you that you will be unwilling ever to lose the sight of it again. 9 And you will let this spark transform the relationship so you can see it more and more. 10 For you will want it more and more, and become increasingly unwilling to let it be hidden from you. 11 And you will learn to seek for and establish the conditions in which this beauty can be seen.

T-17.III.9. It is still up to you to choose to join with truth or with illusion. 2 But remember that to choose one is to let the other go. 3 Which one you choose you will endow with beauty and reality, because the choice depends on which you value more. 4 The spark of beauty or the veil of ugliness, the real world or the world of guilt and fear, truth or illusion, freedom or slavery–it is all the same. 5 For you can never choose except between God and the ego. 6 Thought systems are but true or false, and all their attributes come simply from what they are. 7 Only the Thoughts of God are true. 8 And all that follows from them comes from what they are, and is as true as is the holy Source from which they came.

T-17.III.10. My holy brother, I would enter into all your relationships, and step between you and your fantasies. 2 Let my relationship to you be real to you, and let me bring reality to your perception of your brothers. 3 They were not created to enable you to hurt yourself through them. 4 They were created to create with you. 5 This is the truth that I would interpose between you and your goal of madness. 6 Be not separate from me, and let not the holy purpose of Atonement be lost to you in dreams of vengeance. 7 Relationships in which such dreams are cherished have excluded me. 8 Let me enter in the Name of God and bring you peace, that you may offer peace to me.

As I sat reading this in the morning., I thought how much I wanted dreams of vengeance to be seen as nothing. As I opened the newspaper later, on page 2 there was a short article by a Moslem Norwgian. He told about the last time he wrote an article and suggested that forgiveness was a good thing to do. Then – he was robbed of his suitcase, cellphone and keys on a restaurant.

He shared his rage, shame, helplessness – and:

“The thought of vengeance is obviously there. But then one must ask oneself, “Is it really that valuable?” And later –

“The question is not only how I become in my relation with others, but what this does to me? This means that I must become something I do not like, or not want to be.”

He ended by saying, “…to forgive the thieves is difficult, but I can’t bear to hate.”

I was struck by the similarity to Jesus’ language in the Course.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 00:49:03

    I am always thrilled by anything that demonstrates the many routes to the loving truth. I was also reminded that God is swift to anger and quickly forgives … both.

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  2. littlesister
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 14:02:49

    Oops – that god who is swift to anger is not the God in A Course in Miracles 🙂 The anger belongs to ego. In Christianity, there certainly are images of a god of fury and wrath who wants to be feared.
    Not in the Course
    Thank God

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