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Lesson 52, February 21

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6. I am upset because I see something that is not there.

7. I see only the past.

8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

9. I see nothing as it is now.

10. My thoughts do not mean anything.

We are continuing the review of the first fifty lessons in A Course in Miracles.

Remember, we do not need to understand these lessons, but we must practice them.

Saying them out loud and as often as I can is my favorite way to practice.

6. I am upset because I see something that is not there.

Yes, I am very upset and angry to be looking at a world that I have forgotten at some point in time was of my choosing. Illusions aren’t real, illusions aren’t the truth, but I see illusions because I made the choice to make them real, regardless of whether that choice was made consciously or unconsciously. Clearly, I am upsetting and attacking myself whenever I continue to think that the illusions I am seeing are real.

7. I see only the past.

I see only the thoughts and feelings that I continue to give my faith to. They replay over and over in my mind, victimizing me and controlling me with nightmares that need no longer be true. But in my mind they live on, covering up God’s true reality that at present remains unreal to me and offers me only very blurry vision through my physical eyes. In the present, I see almost nothing clearly on my own.

The blurriness I see, however, is a gift begging me to bring what little I see to the Holy Spirit in my mind, to ask for correction, and for a new interpretation of what I see as seen through God’s eyes.

8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

The images in my mind replay endless thoughts and feelings about what should and should not have happened in the past. It is all of this baggage of unforgiveness that I hold on to that is now blocking true Vision from my sight.

9. I see nothing as it is now.

Currently there is much darkness of disappointment clouding my sight. This darkness of unforgiveness is being projected outwards. It is these projections of unforgiveness that weigh me down. I fail to recognize them as only effects of the thoughts of unforgiveness about the past that I keep in my mind. Unforgiveness is blocking the truth of love from my vision.

10. My thoughts do not mean anything.

My thoughts dwell on illusion, separation, struggle, suffering, judging, comparing, conflict, loneliness, lack, and limitation.

These unforgiving thoughts are draining me with their painful images of victimhood, attack, powerlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness.

None of this is real. It is only adding to my feelings of misery.

The misery I feel is created by holding on to meaningless thoughts.

Why not say, “No” to them?

Just let them go.

Quit believing what either my thoughts or my feelings are saying to me!

Give them to the Holy Spirit a hundred times a day if that is what it takes.

Keep saying “No” to my meaningless thoughts and feelings.

Nothing is Real except God’s Love.