Happy Spring Equinox! In today’s edition of The Miracle Hour, I introduce a series of lessons on the theme of defensiveness. I explore three relevant sections of A Course in Miracles, which are available to view here: Lesson 26 | Lesson 135 | Lesson 153
These articles present a number of challenges to conventional wisdom on attack and defense, suggesting that we always attack ourselves first; that defensiveness is really just the operation of fear and weakness; and that peace and safety can be found in accepting vulnerability. There is some mind/body dualism evident in parts of the text, but in the main it offers some potentially liberating information.
Here is a quote from the opening of Lesson 153, after which this episode is named:
You who feel threatened by this changing world, its twists of fortune and its bitter jests, its brief relationships and all the “gifts” it merely lends to take away again; attend this lesson well. The world provides no safety. It is rooted in attack, and all its “gifts” of seeming safety are illusory deceptions. It attacks, and then attacks again. No peace of mind is possible where danger threatens thus.