I’ll probably say this a million more times about other quotes, but this is one of my favourites. It’s such a MUST remember line because it instantly eliminates all the ego excuses we can come up with about why we are the victim in any situation, no matter how justified (on the level of the world) we appear to be. It’s impossible to maintain the facade that we are victims- that our feelings and thoughts of anger, annoyance, upset, overwhelm, frustration, pain, or any other negative emotion- has anything to do with anyone or anything other us when we read this. It can’t help but snap us out of our delusion that we are this body identity we’re so tempted to believe we are.
If I’m solely, AND always only, responsible for what I experience, then I can’t possibly be this person I think I am. It must mean that I’m actually something else. As the Course teaches, I am Spirit and my split mind is what has made this entire illusory world up. And it’s at THIS level that I take full responsibility- at the level of the mind, where I can recognise who I really am, and the enormous power inherent in accepting that if my choice for the ego is the real problem here (and in any situation), then the solution is also within me. The solution is to change my choice for pain (aka the ego), for believing that I could be separate from God, to choosing to remember God- His love, peace and joy- and his eternal presence which is ALWAYS, right here, right now, awaiting my recognition.
For your extra enjoyment, I’ve included the rest if this brilliant quote, which in itself, totally deserves to be included with the image, but for design simplicity purposes, I left out. Anyway, here it is below with the reference notation if you’d like to read more:
“The secret of salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth. Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering you feel, this is still true. For you would not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming.” T-27.VIII.10:1-5