I could see peace instead of this

Great lesson for today. Practice it and feel it working in you.

Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

Whatever thought arises in you, you can use it for the lesson.

I could see peace instead of this.

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.

These lessons do work. Jesus says in the Urtext, ‘Ask me first.’ Before you do anything, you just check in with Jesus, He is with you always. Applying the lesson is the same thing. Before you respond to anything, repeat the lesson. Before you undertake any action, repeat the lesson. You know now not to count on anything that you have taught yourself, because you have taught yourself badly. Your good intentions avail you nothing, your good ideas bind you to the world you see. It is enough to know that this world has no reality, it is a reflection of your mind and you see in it what you want to see. The only good advice you can give your brother is to do the lesson for today, to direct him towards the peace of God that is inside him. Because by reminding him you are reminding yourself.

I could see peace instead of this.

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God is in everything I see

The idea for today explains why you can see all purpose in everything. It explains why nothing is separate, by itself or in itself. And it explains why nothing you see means anything. In fact, it explains every idea we have used thus far, and all subsequent ones as well. Today’s idea is the whole basis for vision.

Imagine that: walking around and seeing God in everything. That’s a whole new use of your eyes. In fact, it goes beyond your eyes altogether. It is vision and it is of God.

When you stop telling things what they are, they can tell you of themselves. They literally reveal themselves to you. This has nothing to do with a past reference or with an anticipation of the future. It is in one moment that all things are revealed to you. It’s not a secret, it is available to you right now.

Try then, today, to begin to learn how to look on all things with love, appreciation and open-mindedness. You do not see them now. Would you know what is in them? Nothing is as it appears to you. Its holy purpose stands beyond your little range. When vision has shown you the holiness that lights up the world, you will understand today’s idea perfectly. And you will not understand how you could ever have found it difficult.

You just needed a little reminder, and it is given you today. You forgot for a moment that vision starts in you, with the simple decision that you want to see things differently. It is in letting go of your ideas about everything that all things become new and yet ancient. You recognize in everyone your dearest friend, you see the universe in whatever your eye sees.

God is in this coat hanger.
God is in this magazine.
God is in this finger.
God is in this lamp.
God is in that body.
God is in that door.
God is in that waste basket.

God is everywhere, if you are only open to seeing Him. Isn’t that a better vision than you had before? What you saw previously had nothing to do with vision, it was a reflection of thoughts of depression, sadness, anger or any emotion that has nothing to do with God. Now you see things differently, because you are willing to recognize that God is in everything you see.

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing

In practicing and applying the lessons that you are given in the workbook, you suddenly stand smack-dab in the middle of the actual experience that there is nothing outside of you. Minds are joined. This is something that Jesus tells you over and over in A Course In Miracles and you like it as a concept, but the fact of the matter is that you are not alone in experiencing the effects of your seeing.

The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. It also emphasizes the idea that minds are joined, which will be given increasing stress later on.

It really is an amazing and revelatory moment when you recognize that everything changes constantly through the change of your mind. It is the quiet recognition, between you and God only, that everything changes all the time because you take full responsibility and are allowing your mind be undone. Transformation is not a doing, it is an undoing.

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of how I see ___.

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

How you see something or someone affects everyone and everything. There is nothing outside of you. It’s all happening in your mind: joy, sadness, pain, worry or whatever emotion. Because the cause is in you, it is there that the change needs to happen, if you are to awaken from your dream of sadness and depression, from your belief in sin and guilt, from your determination that sickness and death are real. Today’s lesson offers you everything you need, if you will only apply it. It is in the application and the trust, in the simple willingness to do as you are asked, that you experience that this course really works. Because it is working in you.