That's One Way of Looking At It
“And now he must attain a state that may remain impossible to reach for a long, long time. He must learn to lay all judgment aside, and ask only what he really wants in every circumstance.” (W-4.I.A.7)
The quote above describes what A Course in Miracles calls the “period of unsettling”. I did not realize when I entered this stage that the judgment it was talking about was judgment on this mind. Although now that I have learned this, it makes perfect sense. The first judgment is against Truth. It results in a diminishment of Limitless Mind to a limited split-mind identified with a limited self. All other judgments follow from this.
Since I have written about the self-concept falling away from this mind as self-identification begins to fall away, I am often asked by clients if I still hear the ego (personal thought system). Yes, I hear, but I don’t listen. It goes by pretty quick. However, sometimes I get hooked and follow the trail of its thoughts. This happened to me the other day and its attacks (judgments) on me were brutal. I just allowed them without judgment or resistance. And into the midst of the attacks came quietly and without charge this thought, “That’s one way of looking at it.” Of course! The ego presents a point of view; actually, usually many points of view. But that is all they are.
The awareness that I was locked into just one way of looking at the self and this mind freed me from the ego’s attacks immediately. It also allowed me to find the “hook”. I had doubts about the fictional writing that I’m doing. And that made a gap in my mind into which the attacks came flooding. I also allowed the doubts, without judging or resisting. And in a little while I was very clearly assured that I’m doing what I am to be doing at this time. With the doubt gone the gap was gone. The personal thought system’s attacks no longer had meaning for me and could no longer hook me.
ACIM teaches us to use the thought, “I want another way to look at this” when our peace of mind is disturbed. That was useful to me for a long time. It opened my mind to the Holy Spirit’s point of view. And I needed that as long as I was identified with a self. However, that does not work for me anymore. In fact, it makes me disoriented. It is more helpful to me now to see that any point of view is just that. This does leave me with the sense I’m floating in the air without a place to put my feet, but it seems more honest at this point. So I’ll just float.
It is very humbling to realize I do not know how to look at this self and this mind. What arrogance to think I ever did! Since I am no longer so certain I am due condemnation, I have become much more gentle with myself.
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