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

When we attack others, we are really attacking ourselves. This world is a world broken
by fear, anger, and attack. When we see others as the same as ourselves and we stop
judging ourselves and others, healing will occur. As we heal our sense of separation, we
will realize that fear and anger are never justified. Fear and anger are just the results of
mistaken thinking. We will realize that only eternal things are real and that we do not
need to worry about things that change and disappear. As we reverse our way of
thinking—from judgment and attack to compassion and forgiveness—we will begin to
find peace. When we are drowning in the waters of pain, it is difficult to find faith in a
better type of existence, but there is a patient and strong hand reaching out for us, and
it will pull us out of the swirling nightmares that we have created for ourselves.
All mistakes will be corrected, all vision will be cleansed, and all dreams of fear and
conflict will end. In our time-dream, conflict and death seem to win. However, when we
see things from a larger perspective, when the world no longer seems broken, we will
experience the love and joy that are our eternal state. This eternal state of love and joy
is more certain than the death and decomposition of our physical bodies, and when we
shift our focus from physical dreams to eternal reality, we will find peace at last.
These words are from the song “Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting:
As I returned across the lands I'd known
I recognized the fields where I'd once played
I had to stop in my tracks for fear
Of walking on the mines I'd laid
This is a song about relationships. In relationships, we often do or say things--or fail to
do or say things--and other people can take offense or feel hurt by the things that we do
or fail to do. These things we do can cause our relationships to deteriorate so much that
we don’t want to be around each other anymore. The hurtful and selfish things we do
are like mines that we lay in the hearts and minds of others. We are often afraid to
rebuild or restore a relationship because of these mines that we have laid. The mines
could explode in our faces when the other person returns the hurt that we have given
him or her. So, because we are afraid, we build walls of silence or distance to keep
other people out.
This is from the same song:
And if I have built this fortress around your heart
Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
Then let me build a bridge
For I cannot fill the chasm
And let me set the battlements on fire