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“I am not the victim of the world I see.”
Today’s idea is the introduction to your declaration of release.
Apply the idea to both the world you see without and the world you see within.
Look about slowly repeating today’s idea two or three times – close your eyes and apply today’s idea to your inner world (the inner is the cause of the outer). As you survey your inner world, let whatever thoughts cross your mind come into your awareness and consider each for a moment, then move on to the next thought. Watch them come and go as dispassionately as possible. Do not dwell on any one in particular. As you sit and quietly watch your thoughts, repeat today’s idea to yourself as often as you care to, with no sense of hurry.
2 three-to-five-minute practice periods: 1) AM and 2) PM
In addition, repeat today’s idea as often as possible during the day. Remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom. And in our freedom lies the freedom of the world.
Use today’s idea in response to any form of temptation that may arise. It is a declaration that you will not yield to it (temptation), and put yourself in bondage.
Watson and Perry:
It is amazing how many ways we see ourselves as victims of the world. We go through life feeling like victims – of the weather / the jerk who cuts you off in traffic / you housemate who uses the last of the hot water / the slow service in the restaurant.
To assert that “I am not the victim of the world I see” can be liberating and empowering.
Oddly enough, we also feel victimized by unseen enemies and even our own thoughts. Ever have an anxiety attack? A victim of an unfair “system”? Plagued by self-doubt? You are not the victim of your inner world any more than of your outer world. “You will escape from both together, for the inner is cause of the outer” (2:5).
“You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give hem meaning to you, and will show you that they are true” (W-In.8:3-6).
While it is tempting to believe that you are the victim of certain people or forces beyond your control, A Course in Miracles teaches you to recognize that you are not a victim. Through the grace of God, you are lifted above and beyond any forces—internal or external—that threaten to limit you. Knowing you’re not a victim is a major form of personal empowerment.
“Darkness is merely the absence of light, and fear is merely the absence of love. We can’t get rid of darkness by hitting it with a baseball bat, because there is nothing to hit. If we want to be rid of darkness, we must turn on a light. Similarly, if we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it with love.”