Day five – I’m not upset for the reason I think

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 5, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

“I am never upset for the reason I think.”

The book says that upset may show itself as many different forms like fear, anger, worry, depression,anxiety and so on. Any negative emotion is an upset. So when we notice a negative emotions we can mention the negative emotion thus:

  • I’m not angry at XXXX for the reason I think.
  • I’m not fearful of XXXX for the reason I think.
  • I’m not depressed for the reason I think.
  • I’m not jealous of  XXXX for the reason I think.

A Course in Miracles continues to emphasize the need to be indiscriminate and not only select big upsets. This reminds me that in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and hypnosis we start with small upsets and once we clear those we go to larger ones.

The book continues: 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.”

I’m thinking how true this is and like the idea of applying today’s thought toward all upsets large or small.

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Later as I was driving on the freeway, a small truck was driving quite slowly on an interchange and breaking in a haphazard way. I started to get a little annoyed and I remembered the thought for the day:

“I’m not upset for the reason I think,” and the fact that there are no small upsets.

I remembered that objectively I had to break twice or three times and perhaps got delayed for ten seconds – such a big deal…

When I thought of the amount of delay – I realized how true the thought for today was.

There are no small upsets – and obviously I’m not upset for the reason I think. In fact I had got upset on autopilot for no reason at all.

This morning I did not think I was going to notice many upsets – but I did notice a few upsets and each time I remembered the thought for the day and the upsets disappeared (so disappointing that the upsets did not last such a long time).

The day is nearly over and I have enjoyed today’s exercise. It makes great sense. I’m not upset for the reasons I imagine I’m upset for and there are no small upsets.

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