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33. No one attacks from their right mind

Those who are sane do not attack, are not sick, cannot hurt or be hurt, are immortal and invulnerable, recognize their oneness with others, have no interest in murder, cannot suffer or be unhappy, can only will with God, and can only heal. Nothing harmful or hurtful can come from a person in their right mind. When a person is. . .

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32. A call for love - how do you forgive murderous people?

"What is not love is murder. "If to love oneself is to HEAL oneself, those who are sick do NOT love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are DENYING TO THEMSELVES. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. " We are either loving ourselves and others or. . .

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31. The world is a fake attack hole

Nothing real can be threatened. It should not possible to threaten anything, anywhere. Yet here there is seemingly a world, which is filled with things which can seemingly be threatened. Somehow it has been arranged that there are objects which can collide, obstacles to hit, explosions to damage things, and all manner of weapons to attack with. But how can. . .

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29. The ego is the idea of selfishness

"The ego is the idea of selfishness. The soul is the idea of self-fullness. " Within me there is an ego aspect which is very selfish. This aspect rears its head if I see myself as having to do something I don't want to do, being caused to do something because of someone else, or that my condition or situation is. . .

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28. Being needy and overcoming neediness

When you see yourself as lacking in some way, whether it be that you're tired and spent, nothing left to give, stressed out, overwhelmed or whatever, you'll see yourself as "in need". The world will now start to appear to you as being needy. It will seem other people are being needy and trying to take from you. That they. . .

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27. Dealing with those who accuse you of sins

Sometimes people try to put you down, condemn you, make you wrong, call you names, claim you sinned etc. They may have a strong opinion, be domineering or power hungry. They may even say something quite vicious designed to push you away, shut you up, or shut you off.   This is always evidence of someone who does not love. . .

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24. My complaints aren't working, damn it!

Complaining is victimhood. And it doesn't work. Anything that happens, you choose. If you are conscious, you make a conscious choice, with deliberate intent to produce an effect. You cause it, implement it, make it happen and put it in place, because you want to. "God's teachers choose . . . It is a conscious choice. For they have learned that all choices. . .

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23. Overcoming fearful attack thoughts

Yesterday was quite a breakthrough. After making a video about immortality and writing a long post about how fear is self attack, Holy Spirit invited me to "practice" the ideas during a visit to a doctor. Usually at these visits (for another person) I pick up all kinds of anxiety and have reactions and fear thoughts. So what I did. . .

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22. You cannot sin and you cannot die

In the Kingdom of God, His creations and all of their creations are fully open to each other and share everything lovingly. Each of these beings is made of love and it is through love the they have full access to each other, to join and commune intimately. In this way, communication is sharing and joining and oneness or kinship,. . .

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21. You are either fully loving or you are hating

You really have only this choice. A) LoveB) HateJust as Jesus says that what is not love is murder, and that even the slightest grievance is murderous, so too it is true that if you are not being FULLY loving you are not really being loving (at all) and therefore are in a state of HATE. Now, it does not seem to. . .

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20. Projection vs Perception

There is a huge amount of focus on "correcting perception". But perception is the SECOND step in our process. It is PROJECTION that comes first. What about correcting projection? Jesus describes our perception as a selective mechanism, in which we choose what we want to perceive IN what has been projected, to focus on some parts and ignore others. That. . .

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19. Fear of judgement is self-inflicted suffering

I used to attack myself pretty severely through the fear of being judged by others. I was painfully shy and perceived a need to withdraw in an effort to protect myself, but all this did was hurt myself deeply. My shyness was a coping mechanism for protecting my sensitivity. I had failed to learn how to express myself fully, and. . .

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18. Be passer by

A good question to ask is, it is any of my god-dam business? In various ACIM groups, a majority of statements made are attempts to evaluate what someone else is doing and to judge whether or not they are supposed to be doing it. It's kind of like the behavior police, making it one's own business to require that other. . .

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17. Anger is never justified, forgiveness is always justified

"Anger is never justified. Attack has no foundation. " "Perhaps it will be helpful to remember that no one can be angry at a fact. It is always an interpretation that gives rise to negative emotions, regardless of their seeming justification by what appears as facts. . . " ". . . All of these reactions are the same. They obscure the truth, and this can never. . .

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16. Miracles are spectacles to induce belief? No, it is only a warning not a mandate

I keep hearing various people say things like "using miracles as spectacles is wrong" and various other statements which make it sound like we should not be performing miracles. These are all based in fear! Jesus's statement (from an earlier version) is: "(A miracle is misunderstood when it is regarded as a spectacle. ) 11. The use of miracles as a. . .

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