Lesson 28:

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Idea:

“Above all else I want to see things differently.”

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, ie.:

“Above all else I want to see this _____ differently” (chair, hand, pencil, table, etc.),

you are making a commitment to withdraw your preconceived ideas about the table (chair, hand, pencil, etc.), 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 experience of tables (chairs, hands, pencils, etc.), nor are you limiting its purpose to your personal thoughts.

You are committing yourself to seeing and it is a commitment that applies to the table (chair, hand, pencil, etc.) just as much as to anything else. You could gain vision from just that table (chair, hand, pencil, etc.), 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, 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.

Purpose:
You will not question what you have already defined. The purpose of the exercise is to ask questions and receive the answers. You are really asking to see the purpose of the universe.

You are making a commitment to let its (table, chair, hand, pencil, etc.) purpose be revealed to you, instead of placing your own judgment upon it.

Practice:
Repeat today’s idea – then apply to whatever you see about you – subjects should be chosen randomly – the application should include the name of the subject your eyes happen to light on – rest your eyes on the subject while slowly and thoughtfully saying:

“Above all else I want to see this __________ differently.”

6 two-minute practice periods.

Marianne Williamson:
In Lesson 28, you continue the process of opening your mind to greater possibility. It is your capacity to change your thinking about the world that causes the world to change.

You begin with your own personal circumstances, including the physical objects that surround you in your material existence, declaring your desire to see things differently. In this way, you pave the way to true vision.

“Forgiveness is the choice to see people as they are now. When we are angry at people, we are angry because of something they said or did before this moment. But what people said or did is not who they are. Relationships are reborn as we let go perceptions of our brother’s past. ‘By bringing the past into the present, we create a future just like the past.’ By letting the past go, we make room for miracles.”

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