VI. The Rewards of God, P 7
7 I will go with you to the Holy One, and through my perception He can bridge the little gap. Your gratitude to your brother is the only gift I want. I will bring it to God for you, knowing that to know your brother is to know God. If you are grateful to your brother, you are grateful to God for what He created. Through your gratitude you come to know your brother, and one moment of real recognition makes everyone your brother because each of them is of your Father. Love does not conquer all things, but it does set all things right. Because you are the Kingdom of God I can lead you back to your own creations. You do not recognize them now, but what has been dissociated is still there.
My realization of my debt to Jesus grows daily. His perception is pure now and so he helps me reach that state. His plan of Atonement is in place and all I need to do is my little part. And as I do so, Jesus will take my gifts to God for me. The only gift that God wants from me is my gratitude to my brother because to know my brother is to know God and therefore to be grateful to my brother is to be grateful to God.
I choose to have my mind healed and thus undo the ego, and this frees me from separation. That is the process that first allows me to remember that I am one with my brothers and then to remember that we are one with God. It is very simple and with the Holy Spirit’s help, it is very easy. I don’t even have to do this with each of my brothers. One brother completely recognized makes everyone my brother because they are all part of God. All that we do to awaken revolves around our relationships as we learn to forgive our projections onto our brothers and thus remember our love and gratitude for each other.
Like every step that Jesus has asked me to take, this one is possible to do because it is broken down into easy little steps. I will meet my brother in many forms today and each time I do I will see us as joined in a single purpose, or I will see us as separate individuals with our own special interests. It is my choice. Right now seeing with the ego a separate person is my default position, but that is changing. I may start there, but often I am able to change my mind and ask for Christ’s Vision.
Well, ok, my vision is still a little blurred as I try to see my brother through the filter of my own fears and doubts, but it gets sharper and sharper as I continue to allow my mind to be healed. As I come to understand that the grievances I hold against my brother are only my own projections looking back at me, I let them be healed. My brother comes into brighter focus without my projections masking his beauty.
I begin to forget why I failed to love him and wonder how it is I forgot my gratitude toward him. For a long time, even Jesus was the target of my projections, and I was blinded to his glory and to my gratitude toward him. All of that is coming back now and when I think of my brother, Jesus, I am so filled with gratitude and love that it makes me want to cry.
Right there at the end of the paragraph, Jesus reminds of our creations. When I first saw a reference to my creations in the Course I was naturally intrigued, but could not image what he meant by that. I tried to envision my creations, but how could I? I can’t even envision my true self. Slowly, over the years, my curiosity has evolved into longing. I know that if I cannot even recognize my own brother, I will not be able to recognize our creations, but they are still there and Jesus is leading me back to them as I allow the Holy Spirit to heal my mind.