Post by Rogier van Vlissingen on Oct 25, 2006 6:37:48 GMT -5
quote You see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but you do not see the log that is in your own eye. When you take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly enough to take the speck out of your brother's eye. unquote
quote Jesus said, "You see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but you do not see the beam that is in your own eye. When you take the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. unquote
Form: Minor word choices, log in lieu of beam.
Content: Any form of "helping" which the ego comes up with is always an attack, for it involves projection of our own fault onto our brother, and only when we accept the Atonement for ourselves i.e. fully and experientially realize that nothing ever happened and the tiny mad idea (the separation) was just a momentary illusion and a silly mistake, can we be helpful.
This is why the Course says: The sole responsibility of God's teacher is to accept the Atonement for himself. (ACIM:M-18.4:5)
but also: For this alone I need; that you will hear the words I speak, and give them to the world. You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands through which I save the world. The Self from which I call to you is but your own. To Him we go together. Take your brother's hand, for this is not a way we walk alone. In him I walk with you, and you with me. Our Father wills His Son be one with Him. What lives but must not then be one with you? (ACIM:W.rV.in.9:2-9)
Post by Rogier van Vlissingen on Oct 29, 2006 20:25:47 GMT -5
Originally posted as 14364 of June 13th, 2005 26. Jesus said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye."
DU, besides listing the above logion on page 79 as being authentic, offers no specific comment.
A lot could be said about this saying, but one obvious association in the context of the Course's teaching of forgiveness is that it seems to be a reminder that we cannot possibly be of help to our brother unless we first accept the atonement for ourselves. Or to put it differently, if we do not choose healing we'll continue to choose the ego, and therefore we will continue in the cycle of projection and attack, and not be a healing presence to our brothers.
Also the following passage from lesson 154 speaks to the same issue:
quote There is one major difference in the role of Heaven's messengers, which sets them off from those the world appoints. 2 The messages that they deliver are intended first for them. 3 And it is only as they can accept them for themselves that they become able to bring them further, and to give them everywhere that they were meant to be. 4 Like earthly messengers, they did not write the messages they bear, but they become their first receivers in the truest sense, receiving to prepare themselves to give. unquote (ACIM:T-154.6)