Day 6 – I am upset because I see something that is not there.

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 6, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Today’s thought for the day is “I am upset because I see something that is not there.

Before I start working on today, I want to make a comment about upsets. Last night after I had finished the post I ended up having multiple upsets. I felt major disrepair.

Yes,  it happens to all of us at all times. It happens even when (or specially when you are studying “A Course in Miracles.” Yesterday’s thought for the day did help make the issues less important. I kept thinking that there are no small upsets. Even though I was highly upset just repeating that there were no small upsets reduced the intensity of the negative feelings.

Now after a good sleep, I feel much better and the thought that I’m upset because I see something that is not there make great sense.

It is now the evening and I can report on the day. Not much happened on being upset or noticing negative emotions today – that is until:

After exercising in the gym I went to the sauna to rest and detoxify my body. A gentleman was talking very loud (exactly what I do not enjoy – especially in the sauna). To make matters worse he was a fundamentalist Christian (my spirituality is eclectic and is not too compatible with those which claim their tiny version of whatever is right and all others are wrong).

So, I started to judge my brother. I remembered that I was just reading a piece about a Buddhist loving kindness meditation. I had to laugh internally. Here I’m doing A Course in Miracles and practicing compassion and yet being harsh and judgmental to a fellow human being.

I remembered the final affirmation in the loving kindness meditation:

“May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings dwell in the heart of healing. May all beings be at peace.”

My heart softened, I stopped judging and let the natural love that exists in all human beings pour out. I sent out love and appreciated this person for the truth in his heart. I still disagree with his fundamentalism but could see beyond that and see the Self (the Christ, Buddha, or Love) within.

This really demonstrated that I become upset because I see something (the superficial in this case) that’s not there. And of course once you get beyond things that are not there and get to the inner truth your own life becomes so much easier. I had been slightly annoyed and not at peace when I was judging. Once I looked at the scene from love, I was relieved and happy.

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