It’s’ been almost three months since I posted some thoughts about every-day help from A Course in Miracles. I will excuse myself because we made several improvements to our Hobbit House, plus we had wonderful visits from our family. Nevertheless, during these many weeks I wrote a 14 page paper, “Kindness and The Course. I will send that to anyone free as an e-file. Just request it via a comment.
For many years I kept my copy of ACIM on the bedside cabinet so I could open the Course randomly and use whatever I turned to as a thought before I slept. Just now I opened the Course to review I – Lesson 51, which reviews Lessons 1-5; Nothing I see means anything, I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me, I do not understand anything I see, These thoughts do not mean anything and I am never upset for the reason I think.
The fifth one is always useful to counteract annoyances which bring about the thoughts following number five; which we all use when irritated.
I justify my thoughts,
I make them true,
I make everything an enemy to justify my attacks,
I do not realize I’ve misused what I see,
I defend the worldview which hurts me, which I really don’t want.
The last sentence in the paragraph is, “I am willing to let it go.” Let go of all of the above by what is often taught in the Text;: treat every situation with a little willingness. Then when a driver cuts us off, when someone “disses” us, a TV pundit bloviates, or someone we live with behaves in a way that upsets us – let it go.
The first five lessons build on a central teaching from the Text: this world is an illusion we make in order to keep us from remembering that we are always part of God in Heaven. Lesson 52 – 1, “I am upset because I see what is not there,” reinforces that Course teaching. The world we see is not there – it’s an illusion.
In the Introduction to the Work book Jesus tells us, “Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them.” It doesn’t matter, don’t dismiss them, monitor your reactions… “and use them. Nothing more than that is required.”
We will feel better by being a little willing to let go of things that upset us,
and like any good pony – trot on.