“Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated.” I picked up this saying in my childhood. I don’t even know where. But it had such deep wisdom and rhymed so well that I could easily remember it.
There are variants of this golden rule in all world religions. In Hinduism one finds e.g. B. in the Mahabharata (XIII, 114.8):
“You shouldn’t behave towards others in a way that is uncomfortable for yourself; that is the essence of morality. ”
In the Bible the Gospels (Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31) state:
“Everything you want people to do to you, you do the same to them.”
This is a more active formulation than just the avoidance form I had learned. This rule is further deepened in the Course. In Chapter 1:
“The Golden Rule asks you to behave towards others as you would like them to treat you. This means that the perception of both must be correct. The golden rule is the rule of appropriate behavior. You cannot act appropriately without realizing it. (…) Because you and your neighbor are equal members of the same family, you will behave towards both of them exactly as you perceive them both. In order to perceive according to the Golden Rule, you should perceive the holiness of others from the perception of your own holiness. ”
We always behave according to our interpretation, how could it be otherwise? If we interpret a situation as if we were under attack, we will defend ourselves or maybe even initiate a counterattack. But do we really want that?
Perhaps we should pause for a moment and consider how we can perceive the situation differently? What perspective can I find that will not lead me to injury, attack, or defense? How can I respond in a way that I would like others to experience this reaction to me? How would I react if I were sure that the other person could only be my Redeemer? How do I want to treat my Redeemer, who is calling from every member of the Sonship?
I would like to pass on to you these thoughts during the Christmas season. In the time with your family, with the people who have committed to you for a whole life. What do you want to give them, what would you like to experience? Because giving IS receiving.
Love and blessings for you and all your loved ones!
Manuela Tornow

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