My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.
The slogan in A Course In Miracles which is repeated frequently is “Projection is perception.” In other words, what we think we will see, we see. If we think we are vulnerable, we see danger everywhere and fear attack constantly by people and circumstances who we not only think are out to get us, but can actually harm us. But, who can harm our soul without our permission and agreement? No one and no thing.
When we see danger lurking around every corner we fear being harmed and it is this perception and fear that leads to a mistaken belief in our vulnerability. As St. Paul asks in his letter to the Corinthians, “If God is with you, who can be against you?”
Today, we are asked to take a couple of minutes six times during the day and say to ourselves “I am concerned about _______, and I am afraid ____________will happen.” After we have named our concerns and our fear(s) we are to remind ourselves, “That thought is an attack upon myself.” At first, naming our concerns and fears may be distressing but with practice it is a good sign when we start to laugh at the silliness of our ego mind that has led us to believe that our soul could ever be harmed without our permission and why would we ever grant that?
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. When we entertain attack thoughts on others and on ourselves we forget this principle. This exercise is a way of applying our first principle.