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From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles

In this part of the song, one person wants to restore the relationship. The “fortress
around your heart” represents the walls between people. The “battlements” are the
defenses that people build to protect themselves from each other. “Let me build a
bridge” is an attempt to cross the field of mines and rebuild the lost relationship.
In this world, we are strangers to most people, and we are close to very few, if any,
people. What if you found out that you could not find happiness unless you made peace
with everyone in the world? Would happiness be worth the effort? Would you be willing
to forgive your enemies, that is, would you be willing to overlook or ignore all of the
perceived wrongs that you think have been committed against you? The book A Course
in Miracles asks, “Do you prefer that you be right or happy?” If we claim that we must be
right about how others have hurt us, and that others deserve to be punished or
shunned, then we will never find happiness. However, happiness is possible once we
release all of our resentment and hold nothing against other people. (By the way, the
author of this essay is not completely happy yet, either.) Happiness is within our power,
but are we willing to do what happiness requires?
As in the game “Minesweeper,” we can play the game over and over again until we
“win” it. We cannot fail, in the long run, to clear all of the mines of hurt and resentment
that we have placed in the world. It is too painful to keep resentment or hold grudges
forever, and we will eventually give them up. In the present, we fear retribution or
repayment for what we think we have done wrong. This fear is merely the fear of our
own shadow. We fear that what we have done to others will be done to us, and this is
true because there is no “other” person and what we do to “others” we do to ourselves.
Imagine how we would feel if we forgave everyone completely and thus received
complete, unconditional forgiveness for ourselves!
We Are the Same
These words are from the song “Kiss Me,” by Tom Waits:
You look at me
I look at you
There’s only one thing
I want you to do
Kiss me like a stranger once again
I want to believe that our love’s a mystery
I want to believe that our love’s a sin
I want you to kiss me like a stranger once again
What is Mr. Waits really saying in this song? Isn’t he singing the praises of what A
Course in Miracles calls the “special relationship”? The special relationship is,