“Injury is impossible. And yet illusion makes illusion. If you can condemn, you can be injured. For you have believed that you can injure, and the right you have established for yourself can be now used against you, till you lay it down as valueless, unwanted and unreal. Then does illusion cease to have effects, and those it seemed to have will be undone. Then are you free, for freedom is your gift, and you can now receive the gift you gave.”
This morning, I had a practical example of the above paragraph. I have a friend who is plagued by conspiracy theories. Out of curiosity, I asked her where the information she was telling me was coming from. My friend immediately started yelling that no one believes what she is saying. My first reaction was fear, since I had experienced such behavior in the past; however, I was able to take a few deep breaths and ask Holy Spirit for help. It came in the form of calm, and I said to my friend, “I’m not attacking you. I just want to know where you’re getting the information. Please tell me.” My friend also calmed down, and said that she had reacted because she felt injured in the past. Later today, she emailed me and told me the name of the site she had visited. Though I won’t go there, I will tell her that I received her message.
The lesson for me was simply that the past does not rule the present, and what happened then does not happen now.