Psychologists call the phenomenon “selective perception.” What is “out there” is what you choose to look for. Did you buy a certain make and model car in a certain color and then notice how many other cars just like yours there are on the road?
This phenomenon is also called a “self fulfilling prophecy.” We tend to see what we are expecting to see. If you think you are a bad person living in a malignant world, bad things will surely happen to you. If you think you are a good person living in a loving and benevolent world, then surely good things will happen to you.
Were you born evil with original sin, or born good with the original blessing? What you believe makes a difference. Do we see ourselves as inherently defective and inadequate in some way, or as inherently worthwhile and dignified? What we believe about ourselves and the world contributes to our spiritual health or illness, and quality of life.
A Course In Miracles teaches that my mind is part of God’s and I am very holy. Unitarian Universalists teach something very similar that all people have inherent worth and dignity.
We are asked in today’s lesson to take 3, 3-5 minute periods, and just do a self and life review and say to ourselves as various things come to mind, “My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.” It is a good practice to do this several times during the day as we go about our business in the world of the ego.