As you look at the world around you, A Course In Miracles encourages you to open your mind and be almost childlike in your vision. You can stop assigning meaning to things according to your perceptions based on the past. As you become teachable and more open to new and enlightened ideas and perceptions, new possibilities arise in your experience. As you experience a new way to think, your mind can perceive love-based thoughts.
Approach Lesson 12 with a childlike mind.
I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
The importance of this idea lies in the fact that it contains a correction for a major perceptual distortion. You think that what upsets you is a frightening world, or a sad world, or a violent world, or an insane world. All these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in itself.
These exercises are done with eyes open. Look around you, this time quite slowly. Try to pace yourself so that the slow shifting of your glance from one thing to another involves a fairly constant time interval. Do not allow the time of the shift to become markedly longer or shorter, but try, instead, to keep a measured, even tempo throughout. What you see does not matter. You teach yourself this as you give whatever your glance rests on equal attention and equal time. This is a beginning step in learning to give them all equal value.
As you look about you, say to yourself:
Be sure that you do not alter the time intervals between applying today's idea to what you think is pleasant and what you think is unpleasant. For the purposes of these exercises, there is no difference between them. At the end of the practice period, add:
Three or four times are enough for practicing the idea for today. Nor should the practice periods exceed a minute. You may find even this too long. Terminate the exercises whenever you experience a sense of strain.
Quote of the Day
Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven.
Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.
A shift in how we think about life produces a shift in how we experience it.
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Published on January 01, 2008