ACIM Workbook lesson 23

I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.”

Yesterday we talked about the discord within. It is the result of the mistaken belief that you made yourself and that you are therefore separated from everything else. Because you do not see the source of the disturbance within self, you think that the discordant vibes that you feel are caused by outside circumstances. And so you tend to blame outside forces for your inner turmoil.

Yet you now know that the images you see—outside circumstances—are a reflection of the content of your mind. The images themselves can never be the cause of anything for they are only a reflection, an effect. It would be like blaming the mirror for your messy morning hair.

The tricky part is that you may not at all be aware of the basic discord inside. You have become used to feeling torn inside because of all kinds of things. But thankfully you do not need to know or understand the exact dynamics of all that to start the process of undoing, as long as you understand the principle that a disturbing image in the outer world is always a reflection of a disturbing thought within.

Today’s lesson calls that understanding Step 1. Step 2 is the willingness to let the disturbing thoughts go, even if you don’t know exactly what they are, where they came from or what exactly the havoc is they are wreaking. Step 3 has already been taken care of: Love and Light, Joy, Peace and Freedom are already in place, waiting for your embrace.

Full text of Workbook Lesson 23 in ACIM

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