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November 29, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 333
November 29, 2015 Blog
A Course in Miracles: Lesson 333
A sign of higher consciousness is the ability to hold two or more conflicting ideas at once and know the truth of each. What resolves conflict is not intellectual prowess but wisdom born of love.
Wisdom knows conflict cannot be avoided, evaded, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it is to be escaped. Wisdom does not fear conflict in the least. It knows each opposing view must be seen “exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted.”
Conflict is always born in defense of fear – usually fear of scarcity. “If you win, I must lose something.” “Your gain puts my survival at risk.” “You do not deserve.” “Your freedom will imprison me.” “Your will expressed means mine must be contained.” “I cannot trust.” “I will regret it later if I give up now.”
These are the kind of thoughts that must be brought to light. But shame and guilt too often keep them hidden away, evaded, obscured, called by another name, or seen somewhere else. This is how conflict is avoided only to return again and again in different form because its root cause is not exposed. Fear keeps fear from coming to the light.
“Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.”
Who must be forgiven to end the dream of conflict? Always it begins with the self. I cannot take my seat at the bargaining table without first claiming my own fears. Once claimed in truth and forgiven, I am free to see yours and hold both at once.
Even the most conflicting desires can be resolved when all parties accept a fundamental lesson: The end of conflict requires no sacrifice except the sacrifice of fear. Giving and receiving are one in truth. Until this world understands it cannot take and not be taken from, it cannot grasp without losing, it cannot withhold and not experience deficit – conflicts will arise and need tending to. The end of all conflict is the end of the dream of separate interests, separate wills and separate needs.
In truth all conflict is a dream. We are only arguing with our self, projected as the “other.” There is no “other”! There is nothing to win or lose and there is no sacrifice except the belief that sacrifice is real. The miracle of forgiveness is the instant I simply let go of fear and experience the certainty of safety, freedom, and the truth of what I am, which cannot be in conflict with its self.