With this exercise, you begin to understand the viciousness of the world that anger creates. A cycle of attack and counter-attack keeps the mind bound to suffering, yet the spirit of God sets you free.
As you practice Lesson 22, understand that your fear is mere illusion, while love alone reveals to you the world you really 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?
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.
Look at the world about you at least five times today, for at least a minute each time. As your eyes move slowly from one object to another, from one body to another, say to yourself:
Quote of the Day
Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear. Whatever energy system we find ourselves a part of, it's our job to heal it—to purify the thought forms by purifying our own. It's never really a circumstance that needs to change—it's we who need to change. The prayer isn't for God to change our lives, but rather for Him to change us.
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles