Course in Miracles
5 - I am never upset for the reason I think.
This idea, like the
preceding one, can be used with any
- situation, or
you think is causing
Apply it specifically
to whatever you believe is the cause of your upset, using the description
of the feeling in whatever term seems accurate to you. The
upset may seem to be...
- jealousy, or
any number of forms,
all of which will be perceived as different. This is not true.
However, until you
learn that form does not matter, each form becomes a proper subject
for the exercises for the day. Applying the same idea to each of
them separately is the first step in ultimately recognizing they
are all the same.
When using the idea
for today for a specific perceived cause of an upset in any form,
use both the name of the form in which you see the upset and the
cause which you ascribe to it. For example:
I am not angry
at ____ for the reason I think.
I am not afraid of ____ for the reason I think.
But again, this should
not be substituted for practice periods in which you first search
your mind for "sources" of upset in which you believe
and forms of upset which you think result.
In these exercises,
more than in the preceding ones, you may find it hard to be indiscriminate
and to avoid giving greater weight to some subjects than to others.
It might help to precede the exercises with the statement:
There are no small
upsets. They are all
equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
Then examine your
mind for whatever is distressing you, regardless of how much or
how little you think it is doing so.
You may also find
yourself less willing to apply today's idea to some perceived sources
of upset than to others. If this occurs, think first of this:
I cannot keep
this form of upset and let
the others go. For the purposes of these
exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.
Then search your mind
for no more than a minute or so, and try to identify a number of
different forms of upset that are disturbing you, regardless of
the relative importance you may give them.
Apply the idea for
today to each of them, using the name of both the source of the
upset as you perceive it and of the feelings as you experience it.
Further examples are:
I am not worried
about ____ for the reason I think.
I am not depressed about ____ for the reason I think.
Three or four times during the day