Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.
Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn’t wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.
Tao Te Ching v31
As I choose to forgive, I find peace and freedom.
I may be angry at others or at myself for past actions. But no matter the difficulty, I can choose to forgive and live in peace.
Unlimited forgiveness means I am willing to cease blaming others and myself. When I stop pointing my finger, I become ready to genuinely feel my emotions. I don’t have to weather my feelings alone—I can pray to God for help. If anger returns, I choose to forgive again, as many times as needed.
To forgive does not mean I approve of what has happened. It means I am ready to leave the past behind, and be free and joyful again. I keep my intention to forgive, and I am patient with myself. As I let go of resentment and pain, I welcome the gift of grace.
“How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”—Matthew 18:21-22
I am not the victim of the world I see.
Today’s idea is the introduction to your declaration of release. Again, the idea should be applied to both the world you see without and the world you see within. In applying the idea, we will use a form of practice which will be used more and more, with changes as indicated. Generally speaking, the form includes two aspects, one in which you apply the idea on a more sustained basis, and the other consisting of frequent applications of the idea throughout the day.
Two longer periods of practice with the idea for today are needed, one in the morning and one at night. Three to five minutes for each of these are recommended. During that time, look about you slowly while repeating the idea two or three times. Then close your eyes, and apply the same idea to your inner world. You will escape from both together, for the inner is the cause of the outer.
As you survey your inner world, merely let whatever thoughts cross your mind come into your awareness, each to be considered for a moment, and then replaced by the next. Try not to establish any kind of hierarchy among them. Watch them come and go as dispassionately as possible. Do not dwell on any one in particular, but try to let the stream move on evenly and calmly, without any special investment on your part. As you sit and quietly watch your thoughts, repeat today’s idea to yourself as often as you care to, but with no sense of hurry.
In addition, repeat the idea for today as often as possible during the day. Remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom. And in your freedom lies the freedom of the world.
The idea for today is also a particularly useful one to use as a response to any form of temptation that may arise. It is a declaration that you will not yield to it, and put yourself in bondage.
A Course In Miracles ~ 31
. . . Is Calm, Quiet And Steady
Relax Those Tensed Nerves
Be at peace, beloved child; relax those tensed nerves . . . relax just for five minutes, and concentrate on the Presence of the Lord Christ. Imagine you can see him in his golden glory. Feel his love flowing through you. Trust him for good, and only good is coming to you; but do not stop its coming by being worried and anxious.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle