ACIM states that any human interaction is either “an act of love or a cry for love.”

That is a wonderful sentiment, and when we bring it to mind it allows us to have a very different viewpoint of what is going on with someone we might be having a problem with.

There is a difficulty, however. The idea that my brother or sister is crying for love can very easily turn into a judgment or an unconscious sense of superiority. It can be quite tricky territory.

The other day a fellow traveler pointed out to me that the “act of love or cry for love” are both emanating from me, not the other person, because I do not know what is going on with the other person (I have enough trouble getting a handle on myself). This outlook allowed me to see this whole idea quiet differently.




If I perceive you as “crying for love” I need to realize it is me that is crying for love, because somehow I am not seeing you in wholeness.

If I am getting wet, it is my roof that is leaking, not yours.

I was reminded of an idea we speak of quite often regarding the healings of Jesus.

Jesus healed because he saw people as whole, not as sick people wanting to be whole, but He saw their Wholeness. His vision was so powerful it overcame the false idea of sickness or brokenness.

Now it is my turn, to always see my bother or sister as whole. If I do not, then I must realize there is a part of me that is “crying for love.” I do not judge myself, but pray that, “I might see myself as whole so that I can see my brother/sister as whole as well.”