Day Twenty five
Love your supposed enemies
“Miracles are associated with fear only because of the belief that darkness can hide. You believe that what your physical eyes cannot see does not exist. This leads to a denial of spiritual sight.” ACIM.T-1.1.22:1-3
What is it that we try to hide? We try to hide our fear of inner defectiveness, inadequacy, and guilt. Some psychologists call this “shame.”
So we put our best foot forward. We pretend we are one way when deep down we live in terror that we are another. And then we start to play the game of “What about them?” the game the Course calls “one or the other.” We blame other people for what we think they are doing to us and attribute the guilt of making us unhappy to another. We play the role of the victim and it is this darkness which hides our deep seated shame.
We lose sight of the fact that at our core we are the beloved creation of God which is the manifestation of Love in the universe. At our core we are a precious diamond encrusted in the dirt and slag of our social conditioning. Understanding this and accepting it are two different things. Dropping our defenses and accepting our preciousness makes us fearful because life as we know it in the world of the ego is over. Giving up the social conditioning of the ego leaves us confused, anxious, perplexed, maybe a little sad. We’d rather dance with the devil we know than the devil we don’t know.
Today, I will try to accept that at my core I am an extension of God’s love in the world and as such I no longer need to defend myself to anyone. I will pass this love on to everyone I meet even my supposed enemies.