I am a student of A Course in Miracles. The introduction to the course explains that its aim is to remove “the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.” The introduction continues with: “The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. The course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
If your immediate thought to this introduction is … What? That makes sense. Because though that concept is actually quite simple, as humans, we have over-complicated our relationship with one another by incorrectly believing that we are separate from one another. What the course teaches us is that only love is real. If only love is real, than anything that is not love is not real.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” eloquently demonstrates this concept. Darkness does not actually exist. Darkness is an absence of light. You cannot create darkness; it is simply the extinguishing of light. Similarly, hate is a separation from love. It is not possible to hate without loving. Hate is the shadow side of love. And, just as a shadow is the twisted, dark illusion of something real, hate is also a twisted and dark illusion. We do not actually hate another person. What we experience as hate is that part of our ego that has separated from love. Hate has nothing to do with another person; it is an internal expression of our separation from love.
The events occurring in Ferguson have gripped the collective heart of our nation. Michael Brown’s death, Darren Wilson’s actions, the prosecutor’s handling of the grand jury and the protests (both peaceful and violent) are all a ripple effect of the unresolved conflict that has persisted since the conception of our nation. It is tempting to take sides. It is tempting to place blame. Most people, regardless of their opinions of the events and how they have played out, are tempted to name-call, which only dehumanizes the other and moves us all further away from resolution and deeper into our separation from one another.
As a student of A Course in Miracles, I believe that all actions are either an act of love or a cry for love. In Ferguson, and almost everywhere else in the United States, we are experiencing an intense cry for love.
As a nation we have not atoned for the treatment of African Americans. And, we have not acknowledged how our treatment of our black brothers and sisters have wounded our own collective psyche. The person who causes harm to another suffers greatly as a result. Ferguson is our call for atonement. Ferguson is our call to repair the wrongdoing and injury that we have inflicted on the African American community for more than 300 years.
When we atone, we restore the wronged party back to his natural state of innocence. The spiritual component of atonement is to restore our perceptions so that we perceive the Divine, the oneness, in all of humanity. Our lack of atonement, and perhaps our lack of awareness that atonement is paramount to our nation’s healing, has kept our nation divided.
Ferguson is teaching us about the devastating impact that our separation from love has caused. We are seeing the psychic pain of our nation erupt in the form of protests. Many of those people who are most sensitive to this psychic pain are erupting violently. What Ferguson needs and what our nation needs is compassion.
Ferguson is a call for understanding.
Ferguson is a call for love.
A Prayer for America
We pray for a miracle. We all need a shift in our perceptions from fear to love.
Heal the heart and soul of America. Guide us all to becoming the embodiment of compassion and kindness that is the cornerstone of true freedom.
Heal our hearts and restore our minds so that we may truly see our divine likeness in one another and take action to lift one another from all forms of oppression. Give each of us the wisdom to advocate for and take action for initiatives that afford all people equal opportunities as well as equal rights.
Guide our thoughts, our hearts and our minds so that we choose to be of service to one another and recognize that we are all children of God.
May we all be Your light in this great country and do our parts in leading the United States of America out of the shadows of oppression and injustice and into the light of liberty and justice for all.
May we all return to love.
Robyn Short has ghostwritten numerous books and is the founder ofgoodmedia press and goodmedia communications. She is a student of A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and will graduate with a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Robyn is the author of Prayers for Peace, and the forthcoming children’s book Peace People, co-authored with Nanon Williams. Robyn is available for book signings and to speak on topics of peacebuilding and nonviolence, especially as it relates to these core issues. Contact Robyn by email.