Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #52 - Review of lessons 6 - 10 - Projection is perception

 Lesson #52
Review of lessons 6 - 10

6. I am upset because I see what is not there.
7. I see only the past.
8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
9. I see nothing as it is now.
10. My thoughts do not mean anything.

One of the most significant and fundamental memes from A Course In Miracles is “projection is perception.” Or as Geraldine, one of comedian Flip Wilson’s characters, would say as a punch line “What you see is what you get, honey!” Psychologists call it “selective perception” and a “self fulfilling prophecy.” Nowadays we call it “implicit bias” and “confirmation bias.”

In Alcoholics Anonymous they call it “stinkin thinkin.” In the first three steps we are reminded that our old way of thinking has made our lives unmanageable, and with this realization came to the idea that there must be a better way, and in this search for a better way decided to turn our will over to our Higher Power as the navigational compass by which to guide our lives.

In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and this truth and meaning is most likely to be found in the other six principles not in the idols of the ego.

In reviewing the five lessons today which do you find most resonant with where you are now in your life? For me, it is the tenth, “My thoughts do not mean anything.” Buddhists call it “monkey mind” the constant chatter which is often based on past fears, resentments, frustrations, and grievances. I am coming to realize these thoughts are all bull shit. With this realization I decide to give them up and enjoy the peace and joy which is my natural inheritance.

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