A Course In Miracles, Lesson 33 plus Commentary by Allen Watson
There is another way of looking at the world. Today's idea is an attempt to recognize that you
can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner
aspects. A full five minutes should be devoted to the morning and
evening applications. In these practice periods, the idea should be
repeated as often as you find comfortable, though unhurried
applications are essential. Alternate between surveying your outer and
inner perceptions, but without an abrupt sense of shifting.
Merely glance casually around the world you perceive
as outside yourself, then close your eyes and survey your inner
thoughts with equal casualness. Try to remain equally uninvolved in
both, and to maintain this detachment as you repeat the idea throughout
The shorter exercise periods should be as frequent as
possible. Specific applications of today's idea should also be made
immediately, when any situation arises which tempts you to become
disturbed. For these applications, say:.
There is another way of looking at this.
Remember to apply today's idea the instant you are
aware of distress. It may be necessary to take a minute or so to sit
quietly and repeat the idea to yourself several times. Closing your
eyes will probably help in this form of application.
Commentary by Allen Watson
This lesson asserts the power of our minds to choose
how we see the world. We can shift our perception of the world! That is
not only a personally empowering concept, it is, quite literally, a
As we begin to examine our thoughts, we will be amazed
at the number of situations in which the idea of "another way" of
looking at it has simply never occurred to us. With some things, the
idea that we could see them differently may actually be offensive. Without realizing it we may be saying, "My mind is already made up;
don't confuse me with facts."
That is why following the practice instructions with
these lessons is so important. It isn't just the longer five-minute
times in the morning and evening: "The shorter exercise periods should
be as frequent as possible" (3:1). The more often we bring this idea
into our awareness during the day, the more we will become aware of
areas of thought that we are protecting from change.
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