Daily Inspiration

Seeing Love’s Reflection in Our Brothers

¹¹The voice you hear in [in your brother] is but your own. ¹²What does he ask you for? ¹³And listen well! ¹⁴For he is asking what will come to you, because you see[in him] an image of yourself and hear your voice requesting what you want.

“Before you answer, pause to think of this:

²The answer that I give my brother is what I am asking for. ³And what I learn of him is what I learn about myself.

⁴Then let us wait an instant and be still, forgetting everything we thought we heard; remembering how much we do not know. ⁵This brother neither leads nor follows us, but walks beside us on the selfsame road. ⁶He is like us, as near or far away from what we want as we will let him be. ⁷We make no gains he does not make with us, and we fall back if he does not advance. ⁸Take not his hand in anger but in love, for in his progress do you count your own. ⁹And we go separately along the way unless you keep him safely by your side.

Because he is your equal in God’s Love, you will be saved from all appearances and answer to the Christ Who calls to you.

Be very still an instant. ²Come without all thought of what you ever learned before, and put aside all images you made.

Forgive your brother all appearances, that are but ancient lessons you have taught yourself about the sinfulness in you.

An instant spent without your old ideas of who your great companion is and what he should be asking for, will be enough to let [Christ be reborn in both of you].

⁷For next to you is One Who holds the light before you, so that every step is made in certainty and sureness of the road. ⁸A blindfold can indeed obscure your sight, but cannot make the way itself grow dark. ⁹And He Who travels with you has the light. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.II.5:11–7:1;8:1-2;9:1;10:1;11:7-9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The ego uses other bodies as a target to project what we want to disown in ourselves. The guilt and anger we feel is intolerable. But if we can project it on someone else and convince ourselves that he is the cause of our guilt and anger, we have found a scapegoat. We sacrifice the truth in him to avoid the truth in us that would free us from the ego thought system of separation, guilt and fear.

It is important that we recognize what we see in our brother is our own reflection. This recognition becomes a gift when we let the Holy Spirit bring His Light to shine upon the misperception of our brother. This Light reveals the truth in our brother which reminds us of the truth of What we are.

The practice of accepting the Holy Spirit’s help is essential to our healing. In the dream we need Love’s reflection in our brother to help us remember What we are.

Let us walk with our brother by our side today. We hold his hand in union as we remember together we are one Love held eternally in the Love of God.

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