In the last 24 hours, I have been asked by three different people if I knew the scoop on what is going on at my old church. Now, this hasn’t been my spiritual home for more than eight years, and frankly, I’ve barely stepped foot in the place during that time. I helped start the church I now attend and I’m not looking to leave any time soon. I barely know the people involved in the hoopla and I certainly am not privy to the details. Frankly, I don’t really care. I don’t mean to be hard-hearted or disrespectful, but people, only the love is real. The fact that there are stories assigning guilt flying around is crazy. It’s a church.
One of the principle reasons I so love A Course in Miracles because its goal is mind-training. It says, “Teach only love, for that is what you are.”
Ego wants to assign guilt. Ego wants to justify anger.
I don’t know any details and I don’t want to. Why would I? So that I can judge? So I can analyze and decide who I think is right and who I think is wrong? All of it is stories. All of it is a perspective on the past filtered through egos.
The Manual for Teachers says, “It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he is merely giving up what he did not have. He gives up an illusion; or better, he has an illusion of giving up. He has actually merely become more honest. Recognizing that judgment was always impossible for him, he no longer attempts it. This is no sacrifice. On the contrary, he puts himself in a position where judgment through him rather than by him can occur. And this judgment is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad.’ It is the only judgment there is, and it is only one: ‘God’s Son is guiltless, and sin does not exist.’”
Forgiveness is the answer and it requires letting go of the need to be right. Right is a perspective. Right is a judgment.
So, as this New Year begins with insanity flying about, I remember my mantra is always, “Teach only love, for that is what you are.” It is what the “other” is also.
So, I hold all parties involves in light and love and peace, knowing that they have temporarily forgotten who they are.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.