The Healing Power of Kindness —Volume 1: Releasing Judgment by Kenneth Wapnick

The Healing Power of Kindness —Volume 1: Releasing Judgment by Kenneth Wapnick

Author:Kenneth Wapnick
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: copyright 2012 by the Foundation for "A Course in Miracles
Published: 2012-04-10T14:00:00+00:00


“A Jesus Prayer” – Jesus As Our Model of Kindness

Emulating our Creator’s kindness and Love, and striving to be kind to one another here—born of our choice not to see anyone’s interest as separate from our own—we reflect our mind’s decision to be willing to learn how mistaken we were in believing that by withholding love we would be made stronger. Learning to accept Jesus’ consistent kindness to us, we would wish only to have that same kindness be extended through us. As he tells us:

… Hold out your hand, that you may have the gift of kind forgiveness which you offer one whose need for it is just the same as yours. And let the cruel concept of yourself be changed to one that brings the peace of God (T-31.VII.5:6-7).

The simple rule of the Lama of Shangri-La—Be kind—should also be the guiding principle of students of A Course in Miracles seeking to learn and practice Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness. In this way, our self-centered belief in the need for anger and judgment is undone, replaced by the loving kindness that Jesus has always held out to us. In the beautiful prose poem “The Gifts of God,” we read Jesus’ comforting words as he urges us to take his kind gifts of mercy in exchange for our cruel gifts of hate:

Give me these worthless things [things of slander] the instant that you see them through my eyes and understand their cost. Then give away these bitter dreams as you perceive them now to be but that, and nothing more than that.

I take them from you gladly, laying them beside the gifts of God that He has placed upon the altar to His Son. And these I give to you to take the place of those you give to me in mercy on yourself. These are the gifts I ask, and only these. For as you lay them by you, reach to me, and I can come as savior then to you. The gifts of God are in my hands, to give to anyone who would exchange the world for Heaven. You need only call my name and ask me to accept the gift of pain from willing hands that would be laid in mine, with thorns laid down and nails thrown away as one by one the sorry gifts of earth are joyously relinquished. In my hands is everything you want and need and hoped to find among the shabby toys of earth. I take them all from you and they are gone. And shining in the place where once they stood there is a gateway to another world through which we enter in the Name of God (The Gifts of God, pp. 118-19).

With these thoughts in our hearts and prayers on our lips, we continue our journey with Jesus, offering kindness to the Son of God who is both our brother and our Self. A Course in Miracles provides the perfect structure for this journey: Jesus the comforting hand


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