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The relationship of anger to attack is obvious, but the relationship of anger to fear is not always so apparent. Anger always involves projection of separation, which must ultimately be accepted as one’s own responsibility, rather than being blamed on others. Anger cannot occur unless you believe that you have been attacked, that your attack is justified in return, and that you are in no way responsible for it. Given these three wholly irrational premises, the equally irrational conclusion that a brother is worthy of attack rather than of love must follow. What can be expected from insane premises except an insane conclusion? The way to undo an insane conclusion is to consider the sanity of the premises on which it rests. You cannot be attacked, attack has no justification, and you are responsible for what you believe.

You have been asked to take me as your model for learning, since an extreme example is a particularly helpful learning device. Everyone teaches, and teaches all the time. This is a responsibility you inevitably assume the moment you accept any premise at all, and no one can organize his life without some thought system. Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. Your capacity for allegiance to a thought system may be misplaced, but it is still a form of faith and can be redirected. (A Course in Miracles,T-6.in.1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

In truth we cannot be attacked because our true Self is only Love and Love has no real opposite. But if we believe in the premise that we are separate in a world of separation, everything we perceive conforms to our belief. We see what we believe because our “seeing” is a projection of our belief.

Fortunately beliefs can be changed. Our belief in being separate must be let go and the recognition that we are Love and nothing else must be accepted if we would receive the peace and happiness God wills for us. We cannot look to our perceptions based on separation to find our way out of our mistaken belief. We need to be willing to turn to the Guide given us by our Creator to learn the truth of What we are.

Our inner Teacher sees our mistaken beliefs and projections, but does not believe them. He uses our perceptions to teach us that these perceptions are not real. Through His guidance, we journey on a path of awakening that leads us out of the forest of confusion into the simplicity of Love’s oneness. We need only be willing to consider that our perceptions may be mistaken and open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s reinterpretation. He will show us the changeless Love behind the perceptions of separation. As our beliefs change, the world we perceive changes.

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