Sunday, January 11, 2015
Coromandel, New Zealand
A Course in Miracles says "In my defenselessness, my safety lies." This means that our safety and security lie not in defending ourselves by arguing or attacking the other person, but by being defenseless. This seems counter-intuitive. I am speaking about verbal attacks, although I am certain that the Course is referring to physical attacks as well.
When we are being attacked by someone and we become angry and defend ourselves or attack the other person, we are confirming that what they are saying is true. We are giving energy to the attack. When we feel that there is no need to defend ourselves, we are confirming that there is no merit to the attack. The energy of the attack dissipates because we give it no credence.
When we do not defend ourselves, we are confirming to ourselves and the Universe that there is nothing to defend. Why would we be angry at someone who criticizes us if on some level we did not believe there was some truth to it? Our ego pushes us to react. It is almost as if our lives depended on it. This is because we believe we are who we think we are.
Of course, we are really far, far greater than we think we are. We are infinite beings with unlimited power. Once we recognize that, why would we ever have to defend ourselves?
Let's be defenseless.