A Course In Miracles Lesson 52
A Course In Miracles Lesson 52
6. I am upset because I see what is not there.
Illusions are what cause fear. Reality is always a state of peace and joy. Reality is not what is upsetting me. Illusions are upsetting me and illusions, by definition, are not real. I have given authority to the unreal by simply believing the illusions are real. My believing illusions of the physical world to be real does not ever make illusions real in Reality. Reality is never affected by my belief in the unreal. Nothing unreal can ever be made real. Nothing unreal can ever have any real effect on Reality. This is why we are safe and have nothing to fear. What we fear is not real.
7. I see only the past.
I am fixated on thinking about all that has happened to me. I find it nearly impossible to stop thinking about what happened. When I relate to people, I also bring memories about them or about myself to the dynamic which causes me to hold myself and others in situations that are no longer happening. I bring the past into the present dynamics and I bring my resentments and trepidation. Everything I see triggers thoughts about the past. Those thoughts happen faster than the speed of light and completely define my worldview. I do not know yet how to think any other kind of thoughts. When I reconnect to the non-physical Field of peace and joy that I am from and always in, I not only feel better, I remind others by my example how to connect to the spiritual dimension. Connecting to this field is not something I “do.” It is something I allow in. Forgiveness is not something we do. If we could do it, we would have done it by now. Letting go of past pain and injury is something I ask to be done for me. Who do I ask? The Field that never sees there is anything to forgive. When met with anger, ask the Presence, “Please lift this from me. I do not know how to let this go. Please help me out of how I am thinking.”
8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
It feels like the Creative Field, (the God Field) is not real because it does not have physical shape, weight, or texture. Spirit is not perceivable through the 5 senses. It is a knowing and a state of being. But through the lens of logic and thinking, the God Field is a concept. We can not go to the God Field as we can go to a cafe. It is not “real” in that way. It is Real in a way we can not see because we are focused on past events. Seeing that we are preoccupied with the past begins the shift towards Real thoughts.
9. I see nothing as it is now.
Now is where all that is real resides. Now is always here. If I am thinking of the past I am not seeing anything that is here now. I am therefore not seeing anything real. Does this mean I am being asked to think of my body as not “real?” I wake up into it very consistently and it feels quite real. I will, however, at some point not wake up into it. I will be without it. What is it that will be without it? Me. Even the things that I feel quite certain are real in this physical world will fade. Recognizing the temporary nature of this world is not an insane activity. It is the most sane observation we could possibly make.
10. My thoughts do not mean anything.
In the field of love that is true reality, everything is connected in a unified system. All parts have awareness of all parts. All is shared and known and held in full acceptance. We are always in the Unified Field even if we believe we are isolated from it in a single body. Our thoughts are felt by others just as we feel other people’s states of mind. We see each other as we are. When someone believes something that is inaccurate, that error is nothing compared to the Field of Reality. Inaccurate thinking is smaller than the tiniest specks of microcosmic dust and has no influence whatsoever upon the Truth. Inaccurate thoughts do not mean anything. And all my thoughts are inaccurate so long as I am preoccupied with the past.