ACIM Workbook lesson 22

What I see is a form of vengeance.”

The course explains how the belief that we created ourselves causes a feeling of separation from Life. This results in the perception of the world of form and the body. The belief has created a split, a discord inside of me. As long as I do not recognize that this discord is active in me, it can project its discordant vibrations onto reality unchecked. I sense that something is not right and because I do not see the cause of my discomfort in myself, I place the cause in the outside world. I feel that the outside world is the disturber of my peace, where in fact I am disturbing my peace myself.

I could also think about it this way: On the stage that is the world innumerable scenes are playing out at any given time. There is no lack of choice. Neither is there any reason nor obligation to view one scene as more true or more relevant than any other. Each image is relevant to those involved, to the extent that it reflects their state of mind. The question now becomes: How relevant to me is the image that seems to have drawn my attention? Do I want to use it as my base for living fully in the present moment?

If the answer is “No”, then I had better turn around and look at something that reflects a quality that appeals to me, and allow my mind to function on the basis of that. The scene I have turned away from will continue to play out for as long as it reflects the content of the minds of those participating in it. It does not need my reluctant assistance.

If I still feel drawn in again and again by a certain image and it bothers me, it means that something in me is resonating and projecting outwardly, thereby obscuring creation’s signal, and that something is messing up my reception. For the quality of the images I see in the outer world reflect the quality of that which I hold within.

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