If I defend myself I am attacked.

Defend, attack; attack, defend ….. it can become a vicious cycle. It is similar to giving and receiving being as the same. What is there for me to really defend? If I am secure in all that I am, there is nothing to defend. However, I forget who I really am. Sure, there have been times in which I perceived attack and even times that I attacked back in my defense, but I do not have to stay in that state. I do not have to condemn myself for not being a “perfect” Course student or spiritual person. Situations happen, we have strong feelings and sometimes we express those strong feelings to others. We realize it was not the best response to make. We realize that there is indeed another way, as we are ready. No self-flogging necessary! Each time it does occur we can bless ourselves and the lesson it presented to us. We can remember to take the time to connect with Holy Spirit.

Excerpt from Lesson 135 in our Journey Through the Workbook for Students: Divine Messages


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