Raise Your Words

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

Raise your words, not voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. — Rumi

This quote by thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Rumi is needed now more than ever before. It is often said that we in this country have become divided and tribalized in our current culture. It seems that angry and hateful words and acts have become normalized. But civility and kindness can win out if we remember our goal.

If we are here to live in harmony with each other, then we must move our thinking and words from hate to love; loud hateful rhetoric does not promote healing, just as thunder does not grow flowers. It is only when we recognize that understanding and respect promote unity that the flowers of healing will grow.

President Lincoln stated that a house divided cannot stand, even during one of the bloodiest wars in our history. After the Confederacy was defeated, Lincoln did not punish those who fought against our unity but promoted ways to bring people and the country together. We need to remember that today. After all, we are the United States of America, not the divided States of America. It is time for us to find a way to embrace all who live here and not think this is only a country for the few who agree with us.

How do we do this? In lesson 349 from A Course in Miracles, we find a very directional answer for a world in conflict.

“Today I let Christ’s vision look upon
All things for me and judge them not, but give
Each one a miracle of love instead.”

In the Course’s introduction to the text, we are told that the Course aims to remove “the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.” Therefore, we must first look at our blocks, which are any thoughts that imprison us and bring us pain, fear, or guilt. Take a moment to think about this.

You may have a lot of thoughts at this point that fall into those categories, so now what? First, good for you for looking, and second, the healing of these thoughts is not up to you. You have no idea how any of this can be healed, but there is One within you that does. He can move you to a miraculous awareness that you never thought possible, but you must become willing. We look at each block and say:

“I let Christ’s vision look upon this for me and judge it not, but give it a miracle of love instead.”

This lesson goes on to say that when you do this, you are liberating these issues so they can be moved past and allow healing to come to you. We cannot be healed while we hold anyone condemned. This does not mean that they may not have to account for their actions in this world, but we do not need to condemn them unless we want to condemn ourselves.

“So would I liberate all things I see, and give to them the freedom that I seek. For thus do I obey the law of love, and give what I would find and make my own. It will be given me, because I have chosen it as the gift I want to give. Father, Your gifts are mine. Each one that I accept gives me a miracle to give. And giving as I would receive, I learn Your healing miracles belong to me.”

This Course is not confusing but rather very straightforward. If we want to experience healing and the miracles to which we are entitled, then we cannot condemn. It really becomes our choice. Are we willing to be healed, or do we choose to stay in our blind allegiance to separation? Once we decide the answer to this question, God will do the rest.

“Our Father knows our needs. He gives us grace to meet them all. And so we trust in Him to send us miracles to bless the world, and heal our minds as we return to Him.”

Let us allow the healing to begin. Remember Rumi’s quote, remember the Course’s lesson, but most importantly, remember we are worthy of healing and have the power to accomplish it. Let us move past the hate-filled shouts of separation that we have become accustomed to hearing and awaken to our real strength in the healing kindness of joining.

“Alone we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness so intense that none of us alone can even think of it. Before the glorious radiance of the Kingdom guilt melts away, and transformed into kindness will never more be what it was.” (T-13.X.14)

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Above quotations from A Course in Miracles lesson 349 unless otherwise noted.