A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 18

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

1. The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. ²It also emphasises the idea that minds are joined, which will be given increasing stress later on.

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The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. ²It [the idea for today] also emphasises the idea that minds are joined, which [idea that minds are joined] will be given increasing stress later on.

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The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. ²The idea for today also emphasises the idea that minds are joined; the idea that minds are joined will be given increasing stress later on.

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Thoughts give rise to what you see Thoughts are never neutral or unimportant. Minds are joined.

2. Today’s idea does not refer to what you see as much as to how you see it. ²Therefore, the exercises for today emphasise this aspect of your perception. ³The three or four practice periods which are recommended should be done as follows:

3. Look about you, selecting subjects for the application of the idea for today as randomly as possible, and keeping your eyes on each one long enough to say:

²I am not alone in experiencing the effects of how I see _____.

³Conclude each practice period by repeating the more general statement:

⁴I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

⁵A minute or so, or even less, will be sufficient for each practice period.

W-pI.17 I see no neutral thingsW-pI.19 I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts