V. B. To Have Peace, Teach Peace to Learn It, P 7
7 You are not asked to make insane decisions, although you can think you are. It must, however, be insane to believe that it is up to you to decide what God’s creations are. The Holy Spirit perceives the conflict exactly as it is. Therefore, His second lesson is:
To have peace, teach peace to learn it.
I have been looking at attack thoughts and how they teach me I am vulnerable. Mostly I don’t attack and when I do I catch it and ask that my mind be healed in the belief in attack. I see in this section of the Text why I don’t want to attack. When I attack, myself or others (I don’t think there is any difference), I am insane. In attacking I am deciding what God’s creations are.
I don’t read the paper or watch news very much. I have an app on my phone that gives me a few headlines every day, much of it local. As I would read these apps, which often came with pictures of the miscreants, I would notice my judgmental thoughts. Sometimes it was just a passing thought and sometimes the judgment had a lot more venom.
Regardless of how strongly I felt about it, my judgment is saying that I am deciding who this one is. I am disregarding God’s decision that His creation is good, and that He is well pleased with His Son. Instead, I am declaring that this one does not live up to that Divine declaration. I am saying that he is something else. This, of course, opens the possibility (probability) that I am not what God created either.
In a single casual judgment I have, in my mind, undone what God has done. No wonder I believe in guilt and fear, and think I live a life of suffering, a life so frightening and so painful that death seems the only solution. And even in that, I am redefining reality in spite of God Who knows nothing of pain, suffering and death. I am so insane.
It is a temporary insanity, though, and there is a solution. There is within my mind a failsafe, the answer to my insanity. The Holy Spirit is placed in the mind where the confusion exists. It undoes the insane thinking, as I am ready to let it go. There are many prayers, lessons, affirmations, and mantras that I can use to help me decide that I want healing. But it is the desire to be released that allows the Holy Spirit to heal me.
Now when I read those news blurbs, especially when there is a picture, I look into their eyes and tell them the truth. I tell them that they are innocent, that nothing they have done or that has been done to them, changes that. I tell them that it is insane to believe they can undo what God has done and that, despite appearances, it cannot happen. I tell them the truth about themselves, and so I learn the truth about me. I teach peace rather than attack. I teach peace to learn peace.