26. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

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My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

It is surely obvious that if you can be attacked you are not invulnerable. You see attack as a real threat. That is because you believe that you can really attack. And what would have effects through you must also have effects on you. It is this law that will ultimately save you, but you are misusing it now. You must therefore learn how it can be used for your own best interests, rather than against them.

Because your attack thoughts will be projected, you will fear attack. And if you fear attack, you must believe that you are not invulnerable. Attack thoughts therefore make you vulnerable in your own mind, which is where the attack thoughts are. Attack thoughts and invulnerability cannot be accepted together. They contradict each other.

The idea for today introduces the thought that you always attack yourself first. If attack thoughts must entail the belief that you are vulnerable, their effect is to weaken you in your own eyes. Thus they have attacked your perception of yourself. And because you believe in them, you can no longer believe in yourself. A false image of yourself has come to take the place of what you are.

Practice with today's idea will help you to understand that vulnerability or invulnerability is the result of your own thoughts. Nothing except your thoughts can attack you. Nothing except your thoughts can make you think you are vulnerable. And nothing except your thoughts can prove to you this is not so.

Six practice periods are required in applying today's idea. A full two minutes should be attempted for each of them, although the time may be reduced to a minute if the discomfort is too great. Do not reduce it further.

The practice period should begin with repeating the idea for today, then closing your eyes and reviewing the unresolved questions whose outcomes are causing you concern. The concern may take the form of depression, worry, anger, a sense of imposition, fear, foreboding or preoccupation. Any problem as yet unsettled that tends to recur in your thoughts during the day is a suitable subject. You will not be able to use very many for any one practice period, because a longer time than usual should be spent with each one. Today's idea should be applied as follows:

First, name the situation:

I am concerned about ______.

Then go over every possible outcome that has occurred to you in that connection and which has caused you concern, referring to each one quite specifically, saying:

I am afraid ______ will happen.

If you are doing the exercises properly, you should have some five or six distressing possibilities available for each situation you use, and quite possibly more. It is much more helpful to cover a few situations thoroughly than to touch on a larger number. As the list of anticipated outcomes for each situation continues, you will probably find some of them, especially those that occur to you toward the end, less acceptable to you. Try, however, to treat them all alike to whatever extent you can.

After you have named each outcome of which you are afraid, tell yourself:

That thought is an attack upon myself.

Conclude each practice period by repeating today's idea to yourself once more.

Comments

It is amazing how much

It is amazing how much garbage the mind and allows us to carry on down the road. I am so pleased to have this opportunity to have my thoughts and behavior to these thoughts dissected and brought to the light. Some of these thoughts are just terrifying in the dark but shine some light on them and the darkness goes away. ACIM I am concerned that I never expected something so powerful. I am afraid I do not feel worthy of this kind of love. This is an attack thought upon myself.

Love Wins!
Anthony

We are living in a timeless

We are living in a timeless universe where time is merely a measure of our experience. St. Augustine said, “Time is a sense of recollection and anticipation.” Therefore to wait for that time in which we have changed, or have become enlightened, is actually impossible. Give consideration to the fact that NOW we are the sons of God . . . when we wake up from our nightmare of vulnerability we shall “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Now we willingly lay aside everything in our past that hurt us or that we may have hurt. Now we reread our lesson and do our practice and know that God is overall, in all and through all. Nothing can disturb our invulnerability. revj

Thank you. The lessons are

Thank you. The lessons are not always easy to follow. Its nice to get a little something extra to help it...sit.

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