I am currently reading in Chapter 25 in the Text. I know I’ve said this before, and I realize I am preaching to the choir, but I am going to say it again: I can’t get over what a massive and recurring focus there is in the Course on seeing something pure, valuable, beautiful, holy, and generally wonderful in other people.
This morning I was reading in the final paragraphs of “Justice Returned to Love” (T-25.VIII). In these paragraphs, there is a running theme of being a witness “who looks on innocence,” and sees the beautiful sinlessness in our brothers. Because of this sinlessness, loving them is the only true justice—the only thing they deserve. We are told that “just one witness is enough,” and that “Of each one does the Holy Spirit ask if he will be that one.” And then we are told that we can be that one: “You can be perfect witness to the power of love and justice, if you understand it is impossible the Son of God could merit vengeance.” That is our special function, this section says; the essence of each and every special function, no matter what form it takes. And when just one of us carries out that function, “the Holy Spirit’s special function has been fulfilled. God’s Son has found a witness unto his sinlessness and not his sins.”
Do you ever think something like this: “My whole function here is to be that one witness, who sees and testifies to the beauty and worth that shine unchanged in each Son of God”? Wouldn’t it be remarkable of that was our actual purpose on earth?
It seems like every section I am reading these days has some variation on that focus. The Course is a continual song of praise to the sight of holiness/worth/purity/beauty in our brothers.
How did we miss this? Sampling what I hear from Course students, you’d think that the only issue is whether or not my brothers can upset me. They upset me now, but that is good, because that can flush my ego to the surface, where I can see it and let it go. And then they will no longer have the power to upset me. The end.
I desperately wish we could get beyond that negative focus (negating their ability to upset us) and grasp the all-important positive focus that is on nearly every page in the Course.
While I don’t have an argument with that positive focus theoretically—I love it—I must admit I have a daily argument with it on a practical level. I keep having to convince myself, over and over again, that it’s true, that it really is true, that in spite of everything, it’s true.
So today I am practicing this line: “I can be perfect witness to the sinlessness of God’s Son.” And then sometimes I am adding, “For just one witness is enough.” I wish to God I could end that argument. Maybe today will be the day.