Sunday, October 12, 2008

About correcting errors in your fellow human being

T-9.III.1. The alertness of the ego to the errors of other egos is not the kind of vigilance the Holy Spirit would have you maintain. 2 Egos are critical in terms of the kind of "sense" they stand for. 3 They understand this kind of sense, because it is sensible to them. 4 To the Holy Spirit it makes no sense at all.

T-9.III.2. To the ego it is kind and right and good to point out errors and "correct" them. 2 This makes perfect sense to the ego, which is unaware of what errors are and what correction is. 3 Errors are of the ego, and correction of errors lies in the relinquishment of the ego. 4 When you correct a brother, you are telling him that he is wrong. 5 He may be making no sense at the time, and it is certain that, if he is speaking from the ego, he will not be making sense. 6 But your task is still to tell him he is right. 7 You do not tell him this verbally, if he is speaking foolishly. 8 He needs correction at another level, because his error is at another level. 9 He is still right, because he is a Son of God. 10 His ego is always wrong, no matter what it says or does. p166

T-9.III.3. If you point out the errors of your brother's ego you must be seeing through yours, because the Holy Spirit does not perceive his errors. 2 This must be true, since there is no communication between the ego and the Holy Spirit. 3 The ego makes no sense, and the Holy Spirit does not attempt to understand anything that arises from it. 4 Since He does not understand it, He does not judge it, knowing that nothing the ego makes means anything.

T-9.III.4. When you react at all to errors, you are not listening to the Holy Spirit. 2 He has merely disregarded them, and if you attend to them you are not hearing Him. 3 If you do not hear Him, you are listening to your ego and making as little sense as the brother whose errors you perceive. 4 This cannot be correction. 5 Yet it is more than merely a lack of correction for him. 6 It is the giving up of correction in yourself.

T-9.III.5. When a brother behaves insanely, you can heal him only by perceiving the sanity in him. 2 If you perceive his errors and accept them, you are accepting yours. 3 If you want to give yours over to the Holy Spirit, you must do this with his. 4 Unless this becomes the one way in which you handle all errors, you cannot understand how all errors are undone. 5 How is this different from telling you that what you teach you learn? 6 Your brother is as right as you are, and if you think he is wrong you are condemning yourself. -- (from A Course in Miracles)

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