Course in Miracles
- I am determined to see things differently
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 arise.
(5) practice periods are urged, allowing a full minute for each.
In the practice periods, begin by
repeating the idea to yourself.
am determined to see things differently.
Then close your eyes and search your mind carefully for situations
past, present or anticipated, which 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.
will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance
is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury.
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 than on others on the fallacious grounds
that they are more "obvious." This is not so.
is merely an example of the belief that some forms of attack
are more justified
As you search your mind for all the forms in which attack
thoughts present themselves, hold each one in mind and tell yourself:
am determined to see _____ [name of person] differently.
am determined to see _____ [specify the situation] differently.
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 of
the person is suffering from this form of distortion, say:
am determined to see _____ [specify the attribute] in _____ [name
of person] differently.