“The customer is always right.” What does this mean? If a person is just a critic and not participating as a customer then it makes no different what they want. However, if one wants to keep a person as a customer then business should try, or at least take into consideration, and try do as they have requested.
The same principle applies to the definition of a ‘student’ There is no such thing as a bad student, just a bad teacher. If a person is there pretending to learn and not following the directions of the teacher then that person is really not a student but merely a critic. However if that person is actually there to learn then it is the teacher’s duty to present the material is such a way that the student does learn. If they cannot then they are a poor teacher or none at all.
“Errors ARE the ego, and CORRECTION of errors of ANY
kind lies solely in the RELINQUISHMENT of the ego. When you CORRECT a brother, you are telling him that he is WRONG. He may be making no sense at the time, and it is certain that if he is speaking from the ego, he WILL be making no sense, but your task is still to tell him HE IS RIGHT. You do not tell him this verbally if he is SPEAKING foolishly, because he needs correction AT ANOTHER LEVEL, since his error IS at another level. HE is still right, because he is a Son of God. His ego is ALWAYS wrong, no matter WHAT it says or does. If you point out the errors of HIS ego, you MUST be seeing him through yours, because the Holy Spirit DOES NOT PERCEIVE HIS ERRORS.
When a brother behaves insanely, you can heal him ONLY by perceiving the SANITY in him. If you perceive his errors and ACCEPT them, you are accepting YOURS. If you want to give YOURS over to the Holy Spirit, you must do this with HIS. Unless this becomes the ONE way in which you handle ALL errors, you cannot understand HOW ALL ERRORS ARE UNDONE.
YOU cannot correct YOURSELF. Is it possible, then, for you to correct another? But you CAN see him truly, because it IS possible for you to see YOURSELF truly. It is not up to you to CHANGE him, but merely to accept him AS HE IS. His errors do not come from the truth that is in him, and ONLY this truth is yours. His errors cannot change this, and can have no effect at all on the truth in YOU.” (ACIM Ch. 9 Intro)
The greatest example of seeing a brother correctly is Jesus’s response on the cross. “Father, forgive them they know not what they do.” What does it mean to ‘forgive’ ?
“Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in this view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin except a false idea about God’s Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.
An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt, although it is untrue. The mind is closed, and will not be released. The thought protects projection, tightening its chains, so that distortions are more veiled and more obscure; less easily accessible to doubt, and further kept from reason. What can come between a fixed projection and the aim that it has chosen as its needed goal? “ (ACIM workbook pg. 220)
“Salvation is my only function here. My function here is to forgive the world for all the errors I have made. For thus am I released from them with all the world. My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation. “ (ACIM lesson 99)
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