Insights into the Journey of ACIM – January 7, 2015

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The next three lessons are Lessons 4-6

Lesson 4: These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place).

These lessons often come with a sense of “betrayal” or “resistance” to such an absurd idea. We “like” our good thoughts so how can they not mean something? We have some thought about our “bad” thoughts, how can they not mean something? They mean something to us, but again, in and of themselves they don’t mean anything.

2:2-6 of this exercise states the following:

Do not be afraid to use “good” thoughts as well as “bad.” None of them represents your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. The “good” ones are but shadows of what lies beyond, and shadows make sight difficult. The bad ones are blocks to sight, and make seeing impossible. You do not wan either.

In practicing this exercise, just experience what happens.

Lesson 5: I am never upset for the reason I think

On some level most of us know this is true. Sometimes we’re hungry or tired. Sometimes something just strikes us wrong and then “all hail the ego” that comes in to make us feel okay about it, by justifying our reactions.

4:3-4 says:

There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.

Lesson 6: I am upset because I see something that is not there.

There are two cautions to these exercises.

There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
And:
I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go For the purposes of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.

Upsets are upsets. Anything can be upsetting or disturbing. Sometimes even exceedingly good news can upset or disrupt balance. In our case today where I live weather seemed to be on most peoples mind. Some get what I heard so often about when I growing up: “cabin fever.”

I’ll use it as an example because it’s common.

“I am not angry about the snow and cold for the reason I think.”

I am not angry at the snow, it’s an inanimate object. I am not angry at the wind or cold. So what am I upset about? Many would say the inability to get out or get somewhere. So it is loss of control over a situation that would normally get to most of us. Or it’s controllable if we go out and shovel or jump start the car and warm it up for 30 minutes or if we have to leave a little earlier to drive a little slower so we don’t end up in the ditch. Maybe what we’re upset about is the fact that we have to do a little extra work when what “we” wanted was to just take our normal 15 minute drive to work that now suddenly has taken an hour. So maybe there’s a little I don’t want to work harder to get to work? Or maybe we’re upset about being upset. No matter.

” I am upset because I see something that is not there.”

I am angry at “the weather” or “snow and cold” because I see something that is not there.

In this particular instance if we have determined that we are angry at the weather because it will take extra work. We are projecting into the future we don’t like the work, we don’t want to work. Wait, we’re not in the future. We are right now. Looking at bright white and cold snow from the inside of our home. We leave now and go to the future that is not there and let it affect us now.

In this respect it’s easy to see. Snow and cold are not the object of our attack or upset. It is the fact that we have extra work to do and “we” don’t want to. “We” meaning “I” meaning the ego. We don’t look at the weather and see the weather and react to that, we react to past associations of what snow and cold “mean” to us. Ego reacts to projection which is not truth, truth is found by searching for it.

If any of you have read through the Book Ecclesiastes in the Bible you will see many similarities in A Course In Miracles. Many “truths” that Solomon, the attributed author gives us there are found here.

What is meaningful and what is meaningless? A quote attributed to Chief Seattle I believe says this, “What we do to the web we do to ourselves.” seems today even more relevant then when it was spoken. All things spiral out, whether projection or extension.

After doing these first six exercises I found myself looking back on certain events and realizing, truly things would be so different if we all lived on this level of awareness certain events would be different. I have looked back on some minimally disturbing thoughts and some bigger ones. And the result is the same. Very rarely was I upset for the reason I think. After reading and doing these exercises, I noticed that my mind reflected back on some of those teachers who were brought into my life. And forward from that point my “thinking” changed. And it changes outcomes.

It is a beautiful life if we live an honest life and a truthful one. One of honest reflection and introspection. Be blessed today! Whether it is cold and snowing or not.

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About Adrienne

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses, Lake Wobegon, and really, really cold winters. Writing, Music and Photography are my passions. My current companion is my camera though my guitars and the piano are always close by and often consulted. Inspiration is everywhere and so is beauty. I now reside in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others. www.spiritualitythinkaboutit.org www.12stepsthinkaboutit.org www.labyrinthphotos.com

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