In a month, I will be done with the year-long study of the workbook portion of A Course in Miracles. Lesson 333 didn’t whisper or speak to me — it got out the microphone and screamed in my ear — LISTEN I’M TALKING TO YOU. The three books that comprise the independent study course — A Course in Miracles are accepted as having been channeled from the Ascended Master Jesus. This is not a religious book like the Bible. It is non-denominational — it is a guidance source to help one release the fears of the world. The main focus of the exercises is forgiveness.
I was drawn to wonder what the number 333 stood for in terms of the Angel Numbers that Doreen Virtue writes about. No surprise — it means the Ascended Masters (of which Jesus is one but not the only one) who are trying to get my attention.
Part of Lesson 333 is as follows:
“Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.
Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, nor hidden by deceit of any kind if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.”
“I’m keeping the peace.” This is my go-to form of conflict resolution that is most destructive. I walk away from a situation SAYING “I’m okay with it” when really I’m not. I might as well hit the self-destruct button.
“I know better than you.” This is the classic, I’m the great rescuer of all my friends — seriously — the entire world. Sometimes I do know better. But that doesn’t mean I should jump in and save the day. If I do jump in with the solution when does that person get to learn to save themselves.
“I stayed to long.” This could also be called Know When to Fold ’em. I recently gave advice to someone who was open to receiving it. My conflict came in when they didn’t take my advice. As most people don’t. My ego started yapping in my ear — go back maybe you didn’t explain it right — maybe they just need a nudge. Who am I to tell another person how to live their life?
“I love you, so you damn well better love me back.” Sit through a mud-sling vile divorce proceeding and I really don’t need to say more than this. When I put expectations on the behavior of another because I love them — it is a great way for me to end up in conflict. Love to me should look like the wings of a dove and not chains.
“You’re not the person I need you to be.” I often get lazy about doing my inner work — it is no fun to face my faults. So why not find a friend or lover who has the traits I am missing and that I want to possess and let them fill in the holes and complete me. This has never been successful nor will it ever be. I have to do my own work.
The most important thing that A Course in Miracles has taught me is that FEAR is the PROBLEM and FORGIVENESS AND LOVE ARE THE SOLUTIONS.
Have you named your fears — faced them for the truth they are — and forgiven them? I have been working on this the last year — I’m to the point of being able to name them for what they are.