I am upset because I see something that is not there.
W-pI.6.1. The exercises with this idea are very similar to the preceding ones. 2 Again, it is necessary to name both the form of upset (anger, fear, worry, depression and so on) and the perceived source very specifically for any application of the idea. 3 For example:
4 I am angry at _____ because I see something that is not there.
5 I am worried about _____ because I see something that is not there.
W-pI.6.2. Today’s idea is useful for application to anything that seems to upset you, and can profitably be used throughout the day for that purpose. 2 However, the three or four practice periods which are required should be preceded by a minute or so of mind searching, as before, and the application of the idea to each upsetting thought uncovered in the search.
W-pI.6.3. Again, if you resist applying the idea to some upsetting thoughts more than to others, remind yourself of the two cautions stated in the previous lesson:
2 There are no small upsets. 3 They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
5 I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go. 6 For the purposes of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.
This lesson is building on yesterday’s lesson. I’m going to use this one with the situation I talked about yesterday and see how it feels. Though I am good friends with my ex now, this was not always the case. At one time, I did feel like I was angry with him many times. So, this is what I will use and I am sure I did use it while I still held a grievance against him.
I am angry at G because I see something that is not there.
At that time, I am also sure that I didn’t believe this, and that it took a good while for me to understand why it was true. But using this practice each time I thought to was the way I was telling the Holy Spirit that I was willing to know that it was true. As I continued to do the lessons and read the Text, I soon realized why Jesus says this but understanding a concept is not the same thing as really knowing, and it was the practice and the strong desire for the peace of God that brought true understanding into my mind and that healed this relationship.
What did I see that was not there? Let’s talk about this some more tomorrow.