“If a magic thought arouses anger in any form, God’s teacher can be sure that he is strengthening his own belief in sin and has condemned himself. He can be sure as well that he has asked for depression, pain, fear and disaster to come to him. Let him remember, then, it is not this that he would teach, because it is not this that he would learn. (M-17-1)”
1 – Avoid Depression by Avoiding Anger
I would not know depression today. If I am to avoid depression, I must avoid anger, because the two are linked in my mind. Also pain, fear, and disaster come as a result of anger aroused by magic thoughts. I would not place my faith in superstition, a form of magic thought. I know that much that A Course in Miracles says would be seen by someone else, a non-student, as superstition. But help me to know the difference. My curriculum is A Course in Miracles.
2 – Peace and Harmony
May we gather together today in peace and harmony. May we know that our true cure for all the ills of this world is found in relationships, holy relationships, with our brothers and sisters. There is no other way, if we are to find our home in ACIM. These holy relationships, salvaged from special relationships, will give us the peace and harmony that we seek.
3 – Special vs. Holy Relationships
How we do turn a special relationship into a holy one? Intention has a lot to do with it (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We must realize that our seeking for superficial qualities in a relationship is very, very likely to be our ego speaking to us. God does not dwell in superficial qualities. Beauty is fine, if the beauty is also internal. The world itself, with its green and blue predominant, is beautiful in the extreme. So God, we must believe, loves beauty. But we must know that we will not even notice this beauty is our eyes are set on superficial qualities. The material plane has much to tempt us.
4 – Magic in ACIM
I would set aside magic thoughts today, and by this I mean the magical thoughts that secular psychology also sets aside as being part of mental illness. I do not mean the airy, attractive qualities of the definition of “magic” that is sometimes used. There are these two different definitions, and the more benign one, the one that children believe in, is not to be deprecated.
5 – Keep God Central
Help me to have a good day. I know that depression and pain will not be a part of this day if I keep God central to this day.
Today I have written my blog in a personal way, more personal than usual. But I am actually also speaking to You. I ask for You to assist me today to live a good day in Your sunshine. I know that this kind of joyous living is strictly in line with Your will.
I would avoid depression and anger, and all the other negative adjectives that I have used in this blog posting. Help me to choose again how I will react, knowing that the choice is within my power, with You helping me. Help me to know that I can always choose the benign response and the loving response. I don’t have to fly off the handle with rage. I don’t often react that way, but my rage sometimes comes upon me suddenly and loudly, and I would cease this reaction entirely. Help me to do so.
Be with all of my brothers and sisters today. We are One, and it is to our good that You call us.