In the lesson for today Jesus asks you to use the emotion that you are feeling and He focuses on one on particular: anger.
In the practice periods, begin by repeating the idea to yourself. Then close your eyes and search your mind carefully for situations past, present or anticipated that arouse anger in you. The anger may take the form of any reaction ranging from mild irritation to rage. The degree of the emotion you experience does not matter. You will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury.
The fact is that the application of the workbook, practicing the lesson for the day every day, increases the frequency of light in you. This frequency you may identify as something that has nothing to do with the actual experience; you may identify it as anger. It can feel like the pressure is building up in you and looking for a release. You will look for anything or anyone to leash out at. Now is the time for the practice of the lesson. Now is the time to let all your ideas, all your assumptions, be undone in you. Now is the time for defenselessness.
Try, therefore, not to let the “little” thoughts of anger escape you in the practice periods. Remember that you do not really recognize what arouses anger in you, and nothing that you believe in this connection means anything. You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations or persons than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more “obvious.” This is not so. It is merely an example of the belief that some forms of attack are more justified than others.
I am determined to see ___ [name of person] differently.
I am determined to see ___ [specify the situation] differently.
Keep in mind that you really do not know anything. This is not an attack, but simply the fact of the matter. As you are using your mind you can’t know anything, because you are trying to dissociate yourself from your Creator. This world is a dream, you are looking at dream figures that are reflections of your mind. They don’t mean anything. It does take a practice, for a moment. And Jesus tells you in A Course In Miracles, “If you forget, try again.” Don’t hold the past against yourself, let go of your mistake. This is a brand new moment in which you are reborn. Practice the lesson anew and let it reveal itself to you anew.
I am determined to see things differently.