“Anger cannot occur unless you believe that you have been attacked, that your attack is justified in return, and that you are in no way responsible for it.” A Course in Miracles
Consider the sanity of these beliefs. Can the actions of another really be an attack designed to hurt you? Isn’t it more likely that the perceived offense isn’t about you at all; rather, about the other person expressing something or even just living freely? Even if you do perceive error, use the language of love—unconditional acceptance and forgiveness—to correct it.
If an attack is directed at you, might it be that the intention is to communicate something or “teach you a lesson”? Perhaps this person has errored in the belief that attack is an effective learning instrument. Respond without anger, and also teach that it is not.
Everyone has a thought system, and everyone teaches it by living it. A person who believes attack is real believes that that blame, shame, or punishment can teach a lesson. In truth, attack never teaches the intended lesson. It only teaches that anger is justified and that violence solves problems.
If you believe your attack has ever solved a problem, you believe in an illusion and you are being deceived. If attack teaches only anger or retribution, then perhaps it is time to rethink.
“You cannot be attacked, attack has no justification, and you are responsible for what you believe.” Indeed, you are spirit and spirit cannot be attacked or threatened. Identify with spirit and perceive all forms of attack as a call for love. Seen in this light, love is the appropriate response and retribution is never justified.
You are responsible for your thought system. Now we choose peace rather than anger. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.