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  • LESSON 21


    I  am determined to see things differently.


    The idea for today is obviously a continuation and extension of the preceding one. This time, however, specific mind-search­ing periods are necessary, in addition to applying the idea to par­ticular situations as they may arise. Five practice periods are urged, allowing a full minute for each.


    In the practice periods, begin by repeating the idea to yourself. Then close your eyesand search your mind carefully for situ­ations past, present or anticipated that arouse anger in you. The anger may take the form of any reaction ranging from mild irritation to rage. The degree of the emotion you experience does not matter. You will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury.


    Try, therefore, not to let the “little” thoughts of anger escape you in the practice periods. Remember that you do not really recognize what arouses anger in you, and nothing that you believe in this connection means anything. You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations or persons than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more “obvious.” This is not so. It is merely an exampleof the belief that some forms of attack are more justified than others.


    As you search your mind for all the forms in which attack thoughts present themselves, hold each one in mind while you tell yourself:

    I am determined to see ____________ [name of person] differently.

    I am determined tosee ________________ [specify the situation] differently.

    

    Try to be as specific as possible. You may, for example, focus your anger on a particular attribute of a particularperson, believ­ing that the anger is limited to this aspect. If your perception is suffering from this form of distortion, say:

    I am determined to see ____________ [specify the attribute] in ____________ [name of person] differently.


    - A Course in Miracles, WorkBook #ACIM

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