Above all else I want to see things differently

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 28, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

day twenty eight and the thanksgiving holiday is over and I’m back to normal schedule a little heavier and tored from the driving and overeating.

The thought for today is:

Above all else I want to see things differently

The idea is that if you can just see one thing correctly you can see everything correctly.

From the workbook:

You may wonder why it is important to say, for example, “Above all else I want to see this table differently.” In itself it is not important at all. Yet what is by itself? And what does “in itself ” mean? 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.

As William Blake said:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

Whenever, I have had a mystical experience I have experienced a unity of the all. That and mt knowledge of quantum physics is why I’m a radical monist. That means the the only thing real is the whole shebang (the multiverse for all multitime – the field of all that my be imagined by any illusiory separate bering). Again, this like any self-referential statement cause logical and epistemological paradoxes – like the paradoxes I have observed sp far in doing “A Course in Miracles” workbook exercises.

So – Above all else I want to see this book (A Course in Miracles)  differently.

Above all else I want to see this computer  differently.

Above all else I want to see this cat  differently.

Above all else I want to see this person (referring to myself)  differently – so accidentally I return back to self reference – see next section from the workbook:

We will have six two minute practice periods today, in which the idea for the day is stated first, and then applied to whatever you see in looking about you. Not only should the subjects be chosen randomly, but each one should be accorded equal sincerity as today’s idea is applied to it, in an attempt to acknowledge the equal value of them all in their contribution to your seeing.

I had an interesting experience one of the times that I was doing the exercise for today I remembered the young lady who does the bagging in the super market. She has downs syndrome and I always make sure I thank her and now she smiles back and talks to me at times.

When thinking about her and wishing to see her differently I suddenly realized that even though I’m kind and compassionate toward her I did not consider her my equal.  Deep down I was condescending toward her. I hope in the future to see her differently as the child of God she really is and totally my equal.

But I suppose its better to be condescending and compassionate than not to be compassionate. But it much better to accept all one’s brothers and sisters as the wonderful children of God (the only begotten in the terminology of A Course in Miracles).

My wonderful wife just accidentally spilled some wine on the other computer (I typically work with two or three computers simultaneously – I start an operation on one and then while waiting, continue working on another) I was slightly miffed but less than if I was not determined to see things differently.

Anyway I have a high computer – next time soon a higher speed one too.


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