A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 5

I am never upset for the reason I think.

1. This idea, like the preceding one, can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain. ²Apply it specifically to whatever you believe is the cause of your upset, using the description of the feeling in whatever term seems accurate to you. ³The upset may seem to be fear, worry, depression, anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy or any number of forms, all of which will be perceived as different. ⁴This is not true. ⁵However, until you learn that form does not matter, each form becomes a proper subject for the exercises for the day. ⁶Applying the same idea to each of them separately is the first step in ultimately recognising they are all the same.

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Expanded

This idea, like the preceding one [idea], can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain. ²Apply it [this idea] specifically to whatever you believe is the cause of your upset, using the description of the feeling in whatever term seems accurate to you. ³The upset may seem to be fear, worry, depression, anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy or any number of forms, all of which [forms of upset] will be perceived as different. ⁴This [forms of upset are different] is not true. ⁵However, until you learn that form does not matter, each form [of upset] becomes a proper subject for the exercises for the day. ⁶Applying the same idea to each of them [form of upset] separately is the first step in ultimately recognising they [forms of upset] are all the same.

Substituted

This idea, like the preceding idea, can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain. ²Apply this idea specifically to whatever you believe is the cause of your upset, using the description of the feeling in whatever term seems accurate to you. ³The upset may seem to be fear, worry, depression, anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy or any number of forms; all forms of upset will be perceived as different. ⁴Forms of upset are different is not true. ⁵However, until you learn that form does not matter, each form of upset becomes a proper subject for the exercises for the day. ⁶Applying the same idea to each form of upset separately is the first step in ultimately recognising forms of upset are all the same.

Simplified

Upsets may seem to have different forms. Upsets are all the same.

2. When using the idea for today for a specific perceived cause of an upset in any form, use both the name of the form in which you see the upset, and the cause which you ascribe to it. ²For example:

³I am not angry at _____ for the reason I think.
⁴I am not afraid of _____ for the reason I think.

3. But again, this should not be substituted for practice periods in which you first search your mind for ‘sources’ of upset in which you believe, and forms of upset which you think result.

4. In these exercises, more than in the preceding ones, you may find it hard to be indiscriminate, and to avoid giving greater weight to some subjects than to others. ²It might help to precede the exercises with the statement:

³There are no small upsets. ⁴They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.

5. Then examine your mind for whatever is distressing you, regardless of how much or how little you think it is doing so.

6. You may also find yourself less willing to apply today’s idea to some perceived sources of upset than to others. ²If this occurs, think first of this:

³I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go. ⁴For the purposes of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.

7. Then search your mind for no more than a minute or so, and try to identify a number of different forms of upset that are disturbing you, regardless of the relative importance you may give them. ²Apply the idea for today to each of them, using the name of both the source of the upset as you perceive it, and of the feeling as you experience it. ³Further examples are:

⁴I am not worried about _____ for the reason I think.
⁵I am not depressed about _____ for the reason I think.

⁶Three or four times during the day is enough.

W-pI.4 These thoughts do not mean anythingW-pI.6 I am upset because I see something that is not there