Sunday, August 16, 2020

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson # 15 - My thoughts are images I have made.

Visualization and Mental Rehearsal: Using the Movie Theater in Your Mind

Lesson #15
My thoughts are images I have made.

We project our thoughts all the time and see what we think we see. In psychology, based on research, we have come to understand what is labeled as “implicit bias” or “confirmation bias” or “prejudice” or a “self fulfilling prophecy.” What we think we are going to see, we see, and use it to make sense of our experience without realizing that we are merely making a movie. As Shakespeare writes in his play “As you like it,” “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man, in his time, plays many parts.”

When we are mindful, and get into our witness and observe objectively our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, preferences, we start to realize there is a whole world of the soul beyond the world of the ego. We start to understand the world of the ego for what it is merely an illusion which we create in our own minds having been seduced by the ego to believe in its idols.

When we begin to see the world of the soul, our spiritual life begins to open up and grow and we detach from the things of the ego and make space for a transcendent understanding.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles. The seven principles, if understood deeply, transform us from the world of the ego to the world of the soul.

The first principle affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This principle is not of the world of the ego which believes in superiority, acts unjustly, is filled with distrust, and fears helplessness. The first principle recognizes and acknowledges that we all are the beloved creations of the Higher Power and that our usual thoughts about the world of the ego are just images which we have made.

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