“Anger in response to perceived magic thoughts is a basic cause of fear. . . . A magic thought, by its mere presence acknowledges a separation from God. (M-17.5)”
Affirmation: “I choose harmony over anger.”
1 – Anger and Fear
Anger and fear are closely related. Somewhere in our deepest mind we know that we are seeing amiss, that we are not recognizing that the anger that we feel toward ourselves or others is a misperception. We feel guilty, and fear is not far beyond. We are caught in the ego.
2 – Magic Thoughts
The “magic thoughts” are never defined in A Course in Miracles. But we know that magical thoughts, as defined by secular psychology, is a thought brought on by some form (major or minor) of mental illness. It seems plausible that Jesus is using the term “magic” in the same sense. We do not want to encourage our own insanity. We are all insane, to one degree or another, in this world. And it is when the insanity is particularly predominant that the magic thoughts appear in our psyche.
3 – Love
May we come to see that love is the answer to fear brought on my magic thoughts. Love is always the answer, although we are not always in a mind slant that can see this.
4 – Superstition
I would surmise that magical thoughts are particularly prevalent when superstition reigns in our mind. And it does, for some of us, a good bit. It is particularly prevalent in sports, when we believe that wearing a particular shirt, for example, will enhance our team’s chance of winning. There are similar ideas out there. If we look further within, we know that this is, in fact, superstition. If one is close to an athlete, perhaps knowing that we are pulling for him/her is sufficient to make the superstition seem warranted. And the superstition may make a difference in the play on any given day. But not always. And that is the downfall of superstition.
5 – Harmony
May we choose to live in harmony today, not in anger of any kind. And may we drop any and all magical thoughts, which we recognize, from our minds.
Although anxiety has dogged my steps all of my life, I would sooner rather than later let this trait drop from my psyche. Anxiety and fear are closely aligned. And any tendency still in me in regard to anger will accentuate the anxiety and fear. Let me drop these negative emotions immediately.
Thank You for leading me ever closer to You on this day. Thank You for the glorious day that is occurring. May I not forget this blessing on days that are less good. But You want my happiness, and so You would lead me to follow Your pathway all the time. And that is my desire as well.
If anger intrudes today, help me to calm down. I have found, over the years, that I never get angry unless I am stressed. And so I would look to the removal of stress by You as a blessing to be sought. Be with me as I seek to reduce the negative stress in my life. The positive stress is actually good, and sometimes I forget this. Positive stress does not lead to anger in my experience. Thank You for being there as I seek to improve my reactions to my brothers and sisters, and also to myself.