(Guidance regarding my recent struggles with someone I used to feel closer to.)
He cannot help but misperceive, out of hatred for himself and lack of ability to recognize his own brilliance– his own expression of my perfection. So everything he perceives reinforces his beliefs about himself, as incorrect as they may be.
Your gentleness will help him.
But release attachment to outcome. Know yourself that all comes to completion satisfactorily; ultimately, there is no “losing” that is possible. Your frustration is a reflection / indication of your lack of faith in me– misplaced faith in the ego. It’s part of your journey.
But you can choose to return home at any moment. “Open, says me!” and the door to the heart is thrown wide open.