Undoing the Way We see Things Now
I am upset because I see something that is not there.
The exercises with this idea are very similar to the preceding ones. Again, It is necessary to name both the form of upset (anger, fear, worry, depression and so on) and the preceived source very specifically for any application of the idea. For example:
I am angry at__________because I see something that is not there.
I am afraid of__________because I see something that is not there.
Today’s idea is useful for application to anything that seems to upset you, and can profitably be used throughout the day for that purpose. However, the three or four practice periods which are required should be preceded by a minute or so of mind searching, as before, and the application of the idea to each upsetting thought uncovered in the search.
Again, if you resist applying the idea to some upsetting thoughts more than others, remind yourself of the two cautions stated in the previous lessons:
There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go.
For the purpose of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.
Personal Notes: These lessons once again remind me of the quote on Introduction page of ACIM Complete and Annotated Edition:
Nothing real can be threatened
Nothing unreal exist
Herein lies the Peace of God
In John 16:33 and Colossians 2:15, Jesus tells us to be in Peace, He overcome the world, disarmed it’s ability to harm us. So in doing these exercises when a form of upset presents itself to me, I am reminded there is a choice here to make it real and promote negativity or say, I am angry at…., I am afraid of…., because I see something that is not there. By releasing all to forgiveness and love the blocks to Christ vision are removed, Peace and Sight are restored.