Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 21

Dear Heavenly Father and Universal Mother: If it be in accordance with your will, I pray that this new age in human history be a time of spiritual renaissance, a "second Enlightenment" that will heighten values and help everyone to realize their true purpose in life. I pray for peace and justice, and love and light. I pray for an abundance of beauty, truth and goodness in the lives of all the inhabitants of this troubled world. May there be harmony, sustainability, and evolutionary progress in the physiosphere, the biosphere, and the noosphere. Thank you for this gift of consciousness, dear God. 
Amen - steve mcintosh  

Lesson 21
I am determined to see things differently.

Think on This...
And let patience and love be thy guide. For divine love is that which makes aware to the hearts and souls of men the presence of His love, of the Father being within!
Reading 528-14

St. Agnes
Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her to the authorities for being a Christian. She was arrested and confined to a house of prostitution. The legend continues that a man who looked upon her lustfully lost his sight and had it restored by her prayer. Agnes was condemned, executed and buried near Rome in a catacomb that eventually was named after her. The daughter of Constantine built a basilica in her honor.

Course in Miracles
Lesson 21
Detailed Instructions
In the practice periods, begin by repeating the idea to yourself. Then close your eyes and search your mind carefully for situations past, present or anticipated that arouse anger in you. The anger may take the form of any reaction ranging from mild irritation to rage. The degree of the emotion you experience does not matter. You will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury. Try, therefore, not to let the "little" thoughts of anger escape you in the practice periods. Remember that you do not really recognize what arouses anger in you, and nothing that you believe in this connection means anything. You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations or persons than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more "obvious." This is not so. It is merely an example of the belief that some forms of attack are more justified than others. As you search your mind for all the forms in which attack thoughts present themselves, hold each one in mind while you tell yourself: I am determined to see ________ [name of person] differently. I am determined to see ________ [specify the situation] differently. Try to be as specific as possible. You may, for example, focus your anger on a particular attribute of a particular person, believing that the anger is limited to this aspect. If your perception is suffering from this form of distortion, say: I am determined to see ________ [specify the attribute] in ________ [name of person] differently.

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