Thought

The key to every man is his thought. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is amazing when you recognize that the truth is all around you, and always has been. Someone is always trying to tell you something, if you are willing to listen. Ralph Waldo Emerson is a 19th century philosopher and poet whose writings come from an awakening experience of God. It’s good to stretch your mind a little, to read something and let it reveal itself to you.

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

There is never a moment where you can lean back and lazily and arrogantly say: “I know it all.” God is constant revelation, there is nothing static about knowledge. It moves and reveals itself in moments quite unexpected. There is always the tendency to become settled,  but only in the willingness to be unsettled is there any hope for you. Let your mind be changed. Stretch yourself a little and travel to the universe. Your mind is limitless.

Salvation comes from my one Self.
It’s thoughts are mine to use.

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There is another way of looking at the world

Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner aspects.

Everything is an idea. This much you have been told in A Course In Miracles. Everything you see, you experience, is the result of a thought in your mind. That makes it really simple, but that is also where your fear lies.

You think salvation lies in the idea that you are separate from God and everything around you. If you would look honestly at this idea, you would see immediately that it makes no sense. If all things are separate from you, you are in utter chaos, and you do believe that God throws dice with the universe, that your fate depends on things you have no control over, that your Creator is not all loving. Your salvation lies in the knowledge that everything that happens to you is what you receive as you have asked. What you see ‘out there’ is what is caused ‘in here’, in your mind and in your mind only. It’s very singular. There is only one mind. And that mind is you.

Merely glance casually around the world you perceive as outside yourself, then close your eyes and survey your inner thoughts with equal casualness. Try to remain equally uninvolved in both, and to maintain this detachment as you repeat the idea throughout the day.

There is another way of looking at the world.

Today you are practicing that what you perceive as outside yourself is the same as what is happening inside of you. You literally relieve yourself of any attachment to anything. You are in an active practice of freedom, every instant, and you can apply it specifically as well if you become disturbed by anything inside or outside.

There is another way of looking at this.

All the help you need is given to you right here and right now. Every request you make goes out to the universe, but the request has to be made by you. The mind training is the recognition that your mind is always active, but that you have a new purpose. In that purpose all things are given you. If you desire to meet those who are in an active experience of the Course, check out the events at www.acimi.com. Advents are happening all over the world and you are invited. Your active participation is required. Beyond simply practicing the lesson, you are asked to give away what you have received, so you can stay in the active experience of the receiving. What you give to your brother, you receive. What you keep from your brother, you keep from yourself. Stay active in this, reach out, step up. It is up to you to take the first step, God will take the final step Himself. And of that we cannot speak.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind

The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you.

It’s so beautifully expressed: today’s idea is the springboard for vision. You can see yourself on the springboard, jumping right into Heaven. Notice how it doesn’t say ‘a springboard’, it is ‘the springboard’. Today’s lesson is the thought that returns the memory of your Self to you.

Today we are trying to use a new kind of “projection.” We are not attempting to get rid of what we do not like by seeing it outside. Instead, we are trying to see in the world what is in our minds, and what we want to recognize is there.  Thus, we are trying to join with what we see, rather than keeping it apart from us. That is the fundamental difference between vision and the way you see.

It starts with the recognition that what you are doing now, how you are seeing now, is not giving you the result that you want. Somewhere you are tired of the reflection that you are getting of pain, sickness and death. And the only way to see things differently is by taking full responsibility for what you are seeing and by changing your mind about it. This is an inward happening, it has nothing to do with the images you see. Decide what you want to see, decide the result you want, and everything shifts accordingly. Cause and effect are not apart. It starts in you, the cause, and reflects to the world, the effect. You can see the purpose of the universe in everything that catches your eye, and that is still the best thing that you have ever been told. Your eyes don’t truly see, it is your decision beyond the eyes that makes up your perception.

Real vision is not only unlimited by space and distance, but it does not depend on the body’s eyes at all. The mind is its only source.

These are incredible sentences in and of themselves. A Course In Miracles is full of great zingers like these. Real vision has nothing to do with time and space, and so today you apply the lesson to what you see and what is beyond your sight. This gives you a glimpse of the power of  your mind, the power of your thoughts to affect everything that you even think of. You can indeed move mountains, if you only believe. It starts with vision and it ends with vision.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.

Above all else I want to see

Today’s lesson is fantastic. Say the words and you can feel the strength of God in you.

Above all else I want to see.

Above all else, more than anything, the only thing I want: I want to see.

Today’s idea expresses something stronger than mere determination. It gives vision priority among your desires.  You may feel hesitant about using the idea, on the grounds that you are not sure you really mean it. This does not matter.  The purpose of today’s exercises is to bring the time when the idea will be wholly true a little nearer.

It’s all about the collapse of time, the speed up. Jesus will tell you in A Course In Miracles that through the practice of the lesson you are shortening more time than you could possibly realize. That is because time is not sequential, it doesn’t move in the slow pace that you bind it to. Right now is the only time there is.

There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you say you want to see above all else. If you become uneasy about the lack of reservation involved, add:

Vision has no cost to anyone.

It can only bless.

It’s uncompromising, that’s for sure. You can’t do this half-way, and that is your biggest fear. You are terrified of God taking over, of losing control. But when you look at what your control has offered you, you have to wonder if it is worth holding on to. There is a vision available to you right here and now that has nothing to do with the world, nothing to do with any drama of pain or sickness, it is an experience of the absolute peace of God. It is the recognition of your oneness with your Creator, it is what you are.

The real question is, how often will you remember? How much do you want today’s idea to be true? Answer one of these questions, and you have answered the other.

It is totally and completely up to you. If you want to see a different world, you will apply the lesson. What you want, you will do. It has nothing to do with circumstances, you can repeat the lesson to yourself in the middle of a conversation, during your yoga class, while you are eating dinner or whatever. If you can, say it out loud, but if that is not possible, simply repeat it to yourself. The message is for you anyway. It’s just a simple reminder.

Above all else I want to see.

What I see is a form of vengeance

Today’s idea accurately describes the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at him. His own attack is thus perceived as self defense. This becomes an increasingly vicious circle until he is willing to change how he sees. Otherwise, thoughts of attack and counter-attack will preoccupy him and people his entire world. What peace of mind is possible to him then?

In today’s lesson you are shown that you see a form of vengeance because you hold thoughts of vengeance and attack in your mind. What you see ‘out there’ is literally the result of what is happening in your mind. This revelation changes everything you have believed until now. A Course In Miracles tells you that minds are joined, that everything you see is a result of what you think, that there is nothing outside of you. You don’t believe this, but it is nonetheless true. You will only consider this message when you are put into a corner, with no way out. The Master Teacher says it beautifully, “You will use up every road that you believe will lead you to God. Only when you have used them all up will you be open to another alternative.” The fact that you are reading this Course, that you are doing the lesson, means that you have somewhere, somehow asked for help. The words of your prayer don’t matter, it is the intensity that rings a bell. It is heard. The key to salvation is given you. It is in the book in your hands, it is in the blog that you are reading now. Your mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of attack and responses to attack. It was only your imagination. You can see things differently.

It is from this savage fantasy that you want to escape. Is it not joyous news to hear that it is not real? Is it not a happy discovery to find that you can escape? You made what you would destroy; everything that you hate and would attack and kill. All that you fear does not exist.

This Course is not for the faint of heart. Many have run from the light and energy that it provides, but only because they have felt it and longed for yet another moment of ‘personal freedom’ from God. The thing you dread the most is the recognition that you are totally out of control, that you are connected to everything and are affecting everything,  and that the key to your salvation lies in you. Your oneness with your Father has remained unaffected by your belief in separation, and it is the undoing of your mind as you use it now that will reveal to you the truth that has been hidden underneath all your thoughts of anger and attack.

I see only the perishable.
I see nothing that will last.
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.

This is the practice for today, and it ends with a simple question.

Is this the world I really want to see?

Surely not. But the change of the world happens with the change of your mind. You no longer deal with the reflections, you no longer try to change the effects of your mind, but you go inward and take full responsibility for what you think and therefore see. It’s simple, maybe too simple. But ask yourself the question in the lesson and the answer will surely be obvious.

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts

The idea for today is obviously the reason why your seeing does not affect you alone. You will notice that at times the ideas related to thinking precede those related to perceiving, while at other times the order is reversed. The reason is that the order does not matter. Thinking and its results are really simultaneous, for cause and effect are never separate.

Thinking and its results are simultaneous, what you see is an effect of what you think. It is amazing when it is revealed to you that there is really nothing outside of you, that you get the result of your own mind. You don’t really believe this, you prefer to think that there are still people and things outside of you that have nothing to do with you and what you think. But why hold on to this thought system that is causing you pain? If what you see is outside of you and has nothing to do with what you think, you are hopelessly lost forever. It is because your thoughts and what you see are simultaneous, that there is hope for you. It is the key to salvation.

Today we are again emphasizing the fact that minds are joined. This is rarely a wholly welcome idea at first, since it seems to carry with it an enormous sense of responsibility, and may even be regarded as an “invasion of privacy.”  Yet it is a fact that there are no private thoughts. Despite your initial resistance to this idea, you will yet understand that it must be true if salvation is possible at all. And salvation must be possible because it is the Will of God.

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

My thoughts are images that I have made

It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing. You think you think them, and so you think you see them. This is how your “seeing” was made. This is the function you have given your body’s eyes. It is not seeing. It is image making. It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.

These lessons are an absolute confrontation with your thought system. Your way of thinking is so ingrained in you that you don’t recognize that you are not thinking at all. You are so used to projecting your thoughts outward that you can’t remember what seeing is. Your thoughts, your seeing, are completely off. And on this you base everything you believe. What an impossible situation.

My thoughts are images that I have made.

Everything you see is an image of what you think. And you believe it to be true. You walk around in imagery of your own making and this is exactly why Jesus tells you not to seek to change the world, but to choose to change your mind about the world. Your thoughts have the power to move mountains. You don’t believe this. Everything you see is a result of your thought. You don’t believe this. Fortunately all that is asked of you is to apply the lesson for the day, not to understand it or to even believe it. Just do it.

You will begin to understand when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.

As we go along, you may have many “light episodes” They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it.

Light episodes: that’s exciting. You have never really used your eyes before, but now you are beginning to see. Jesus is reminding you that there is nothing to fear. Let the new and unexpected happen. God is in charge here. No matter how hard you try, you are never in charge. No matter how much you try to change things, real change is of God. Now you can relax. Everything is taken care of. This world is just imagery of your own making. Your Home is in Heaven and you can experience it here and now by remembering that your thoughts are images that you have made.

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world

It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see.

It’s amazing in it’s simplicity, and yet it’s constantly overlooked. Your thoughts determine the world you see. Your thoughts determine the experience that you are having. You keep insisting that it is something outside of you that needs to change, when all you have to do is go inward and look at the thoughts that you are having.

Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it.

Your meaningless thoughts are showing you a meaningless world. Your boring thoughts are giving you a boring experience. The only shake-up that needs to happen is in your mind. What an amazing thing. You constantly try to get comfortable, to arrange things to your liking, when all you need do is change your mind about the world. Make no mistake, what you consider to be your holy thoughts are still as meaningless as what you consider to be your unholy ones. Practice the idea well today, it is here for you. It’s never too early, it’s never too late, it is simply the right time for you to hear this message.

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.

Today’s lesson, and the lesson for every day until the end of this year, is the beautiful declaration that you will follow God. You have decided to step back, to merely follow and not lead. It goes so beautifully with the DVD I was watching today ‘A Gathering Of Unchained Melody: I Will Step Back And Let Him Lead The Way‘. You can watch this DVD at http://www.themasterteacher.tv/members/videos/MMF-02.htm. If you have trouble using this link, simply login and try anew. Signing up for this website is free and it gives you unlimited access to all the DVD’s that are available on lessons from A Course In Miracles.

The incredible quote from the DVD is this:

“Walk safely now, yet carefully, because this path is new to you. And you may find that you are tempted still to walk ahead of truth, and let illusions be your guide. Your holy brothers have been given you, to follow in your footsteps as you walk with certainty of purpose to the truth. It goes before you now, that they may see something with which they can identify; something they understand to lead the way.

It goes before you right now. Ok? You are at the journey’s ending. Can you tell? If you kept stepping back, suddenly you find yourself surrounded by a light that allows you to leave the continuum in which you thought you were present. Ok? Step back, step back now:

Yet at the journey’s ending there will be no gap, no distance between truth and you. And all illusions walking in the way you traveled will be gone from you as well, with nothing left to keep the truth apart from God’s completion, holy as Himself. Step back in faith and let truth lead the way. You know not where you go. But One Who knows goes with you. Let Him lead you with the rest. Listen.

When dreams are over, time has closed the door on all the things that pass and miracles are purposeless, the holy Son of God will make no journeys. There will be no wish to be illusion rather than the truth. And we step forth toward this, as we progress along the way that truth points out to us. This is our final journey, which we make for everyone. We must not lose our way. For as truth goes before us, so it goes before our brothers who have been following us.”

You let the light guide you. You don’t try to get ahead of it and to stay ahead of it, you don’t try to do things of your own accord; you simply wait and ask and then you proceed. You let the Holy Spirit lead you, you let God take over. And what comes out of your mouth might surprise you, it may cause mayhem and uproar; let it. This is your undoing. It’s all too easy to give into this world, to concede to getting old and dying, because it seems to be the easiest way out and you have simply given up.  But the light is here, it is always with you. Don’t forget now what you have been shown. You are responsible. You owe a great debt to your brother, you owe him the truth. Give him what you have been offered, and be you uncompromising in your declaration. Let your world fall apart, it will reconfigure in a brand new continuum. Let all things be new, that you may be new. It is the time of rebirth and it is happening in you.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.