21. I am determined to see things differently.

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I am determined to see things differently.

The idea for today is obviously a continuation and extension of the preceding one. This time, however, specific mind-searching periods are necessary, in addition to applying the idea to particular situations as they may arise. Five practice periods are urged, allowing a full minute for each.

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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I am determined to see

I am determined to see differently is a much awaited challenge.

Some issues I have with my ego are; it wants to blame me for everything. Ego wants to hold me prisoner to my past, by constantly reminding me that things could of been different if, I would of only did this or that differently.

For instant, I have a strained relationship with my family we only talk when some kind of drama is happening or someone dies etc....

I do understand that much of this strain is a result of my living an illusion filled life. Although it is understandable that people need time to build trust and love again the ego wants to take that time and turn it into guilt and shame.

This is not the way; I choose to approach life, nothing to be guilty about, nothing to be shameful about. I am determined to see differently, whom would I be with out that past? Maybe, I would not be a person who is about to explode onto the greatest truths of the universe.

I know it is just as it should be now, but ego is having a time accepting that truth. My ego wants compensation for my love it wants a return phone call an email an I love you a conversation, anything. Ego even asks for an argument at least we get a response to sit with. LOL

I think without that past I may have been stuck just getting by accepting the mundane duties of a worldly life. That is not why I am here!

This morning I heard one of my favorite’s say Adam and Eve were hiding in the Garden of Eden after eating the fruit. Well God came looking for them and ask why they were hiding and they replied, “We are naked” and to which God quickly ask them, "who told you that, who filled your head with those lies, I made you perfect as you are."

That is what gets me, I listened to the lies for so long they became my truth and the undoing of them is hard but it is my reward my right of passage.

I am determined to see differently! (ACIM) lesson#21

Anthony

Today's lesson was very

Today's lesson was very upsetting to me. I found I get a bit of power out of blaming others. But if I say I am determined to see blank differently, I am acknowledging the error is mine. I can feel ego screaming out.

I feel the same way today.

I feel the same way today. Sometimes my ego is attached to one way of seeing a situation and often my perceptions are misinformed, as is my consciousness at the time.

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