He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.
Indeed, we might go so far as to say that the Course is a course in how to have real relationships. The Course aims to bring us out of the illusion of separation and into the reality of oneness. With that emphasis, the arena of relationships, in which two or more people are learning to function together and not in isolation is a perfectly natural place for the Course to choose as its primary classroom.
When I speak of relationships in general, I mean any situation in our life that involves more than simply one person, ourselves.
The phrase refers not just to romantic relationships, but to our relationships with our parents, children, and siblings, relationships between bosses and employees, teachers and pupils regardless of the subject matteror between us and anyone we interact with, from doctors to policemen to someone we meet on the street—anyone with whom we are thrown together by the circumstances of our lives.
They include not only relationships with people for whom we have a particular love or liking, but also ones with people we especially dislike, judge, or even hate. The Importance of Relationships: The Course says that we will either find ourselves or lose ourselves in anyone we meet: When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter.
As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself T What does it mean that in our brother, or sister, we will find ourselves or lose ourselves?
Our relationships can be the most productive classroom for spiritual growth. What the Course is saying, quite plainly in this section Chapter 8, Section III is that everyone is looking for themselves—or more accurately, each of us is looking, ultimately, for our Self.
Everyone is looking for himself and for the power and glory he thinks he has lost. Whenever you are with anyone, you have another opportunity to find them. Your power and glory are in him because they are yours. The ego tries to find them in yourself alone, because it does not know where to look.
The Holy Spirit teaches you that if you look only at yourself you cannot find yourself, because that is not what you are. Whenever you are with a brother, you are learning what you are because you are teaching what you are.
The Kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the Kingdom cannot find yourself alone T You have to look at your relationships. If you want to find your Self, you will find It only by including your brother in It. Your true Self is a shared Self. It is something you share with everyone and everything.
You cannot see that if you are looking only at yourself.
You cannot see the ocean by examining a drop of water with a microscope. Every person you meet gives you another opportunity to look beyond the appearance of two separate beings, and to find the common Self you both share.
That, in one sense, is the difference between an unholy relationship and a holy one. In the unholy relationship, you have two separate beings competing with or bargaining with one another for separate personal advantage—hopefully advantage for both, but still the separate advantages of two people.
In a holy relationship, you have two individuals who are seeking to look beyond their separation to uncover their fundamental unity. Each of us is a tiny fragment of the Whole that thinks it is a separate whole. We have blinded ourselves to the larger picture. We have hidden our magnificence from ourselves, and we think we have lost our power and glory, so that is what we go looking for.
But in looking at ourselves alone, in examining that little drop of water with a microscope, we will never find it.
Each brother and sister we meet serves as a mirror to us. The ego uses the mechanism of projection to cast what we do not want to see about ourselves—both the positive things as well as the negative things—outside us. What we see in our brothers and sisters shows us beliefs about ourselves we have cast out of our minds, in order to block our awareness of them.
The Holy Spirit wants to use every relationship to reveal these hidden things to us. What I see in my brother is something I have hidden from myself, a thought about me that I have thrown away and projected out onto the world.
By looking at my brother and understanding that what I see in him, what I perceive, is only the projection of a thought about myself, I can learn about myself.If you want to keep your marriage safe from intruders you need to come up with a strong plan of action, and your own values and boundaries to ensure the safety of your most important relationship to each other!
Excerpts from "Byzantine Theology," Historical trends and doctrinal themes. By John Meyendorff (Please get the full version of this book at your bookstore). Individual interpretation of scripture is discouraged.
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