Ask: What did you mean by the world has "flattened out" for you?
In an earlier article you said something about things not standing out to you anymore and that the world has “flattened out” for you. Can you explain what you meant? (May 16, 2014)
One of the first things that even new students report to me is that when a “crisis” occurs they find that they are not as upset as they once would have been. They are disturbed by this even though peace is what they want! This is the beginning of the “flattening out”. Things in the world that once stood out as significant and to which you once had a strong positive or negative reaction now evoke much less of an emotional response. Very dimly you have accepted that peace is real and that the world is not so the ego’s responses to the world no longer have the meaning for you that they once did.
It takes a long time, but this awareness does grow to a point where you live in peace and are not much affected by the world. This has happened for me. When something happens in the world that I judge as “good”, whether in my story, someone else’s story, or in the news, what I feel is “That’s nice.” And then I forget about it. And when something happens that I judge as “bad” I experience, “Rats. I was hoping that would go another way. Oh, well.” And then I forget about it. Truth and peace are more real to me than the world now. I still perceive the world and all of its happenings. I still appear to be involved in it. But my internal experience of it has radically changed. I am not attached and I do not define myself by what does or does not happen in the world. It is all just passing before me as I rest in peace.
This will happen for you, too, as Truth and peace become real for you. Experiences that once evoked highs and lows will instead evoke temporary, passing emotional blips. Drama is the ego’s substitute for peace. It validates the ego and in your identification with it you think the highs and lows are “life”. But you will eventually recognize that peace is Life.
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