By: Rebecca Liston
In these strange and wonderful times, I bring you a slightly edited version of Lesson 28 of A Course in Miracles. (I took out the instructions for how to apply the Lesson and left the philosophy of the Lesson intact).
While I am a bit past this Lesson in my own work with ACIM, it is the one I return to the most, especially as of late. I find myself constantly wondering what it is that I am not seeing, what it is that I could see differently. I do so want to see things for what they truly are, not simply as I have imagined them to be.
This Lesson sums it all up pretty darn well, I believe. It is my hope that you will find value in it, too. Just remember that as you read it, the “table” that they refer to could be any other thing…or person…or situation. And therein lay the real magic of the Lesson.
Above all else I want to see things differently.
…You may wonder why it is important to say, for example, “Above all else I want to see this table differently.” In itself it is not important at all. Yet what is by itself? And what does “in itself” mean? You see a lot of separate things about you, which really means you are not seeing at all. You either see or not. When you have seen one thing differently, you will see all things differently. The light you will see in any one of them is the same light you will see in them all.
When you say, “Above all else I want to see this table differently,” you are making a commitment to withdraw your preconceived ideas about the table, and open your mind to what it is, and what it is for. You are not defining it in past terms. You are asking what it is, rather than telling it what it is. You are not binding its meaning to your tiny experience of tables, nor are you limiting its purpose to your little personal thoughts.
You will not question what you have already defined. And the purpose of these exercises is to ask questions and receive the answers. In saying, “Above all else I want to see this table differently,” you are committing yourself to seeing. It is not an exclusive commitment. It is a commitment that applies to the table just as much as to anything else, neither more nor less.
You could, in fact, gain vision from just that table, if you would withdraw all your own ideas from it, and look upon it with a completely open mind. It has something to show you; something beautiful and clean and of infinite value, full of happiness and hope. Hidden under all your ideas about it is its real purpose, the purpose it shares with all the universe.
In using the table as a subject for applying the idea for today, you are therefore really asking to see the purpose of the universe…You are making a commitment…to let its purpose be revealed to you, instead of placing your own judgment upon it.” – A Course in Miracles
Rebecca Liston is cofounder and business intuitive at Las Peregrinas, a creative and consulting agency. She specializes in anchoring folks in a clear-eyed understanding of which path is theirs for the taking. She’s got one foot in the land of the subtle and unseen, and the other foot firmly planted in the land of ruthless pragmatism. Oh, and she swears like a sailor, which makes us love her more.
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