A Course in Miracles… Day 31

by Benjamin Langley on November 29, 2009 · 4 comments

“Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?”

-Jim Rohn

You are your only enemy.

When you become your own best friend… the world will quickly rise to support you.

Yet it seems so much easier to blame someone or something else…

Then a person can pretend his life is not his responsibility… it was his parents, his culture, or adverse conditions that were to blame.

All anything ‘outside’ of you can do… is bring challenges to light:

  • Your parents can encourage ideas which seem to make challenges arise
  • Your culture can encourage attitudes and emotions which seem to bring about further challenges
  • You might encounter ‘adverse conditions’ which can seem to stand between you and your dreams… or more importantly, between you and God.

… But ultimately, all these things can do is encourage the illusion.  You can choose to make every one of these circumstances a chance to see beyond the illusion… you can choose to let less-than-useful thoughts and feelings go… they start to lose their impact as soon as you recognize that they aren’t you!

A Course in Miracles brings us back again and again to pierce the illusion.

If you haven’t done all the exercises, yet, you can start with the first post in this series: A Course in Miracles… Day 1

We can make the choice to perceive ourselves as more than victims… even if that isn’t the view that society encourages.

Some can only see the horror in the world…

victim, horror, A Course in Miracles

Just watching the news… it is easy to see that this is how most of the world still thinks.

But there is another option…

You can choose to see  joy and beauty everywhere in the world…

beauty, joy, A Course in Miracles

Even better… you can learn to see God in everything!

Are you willing to make the shift?

The shift will come… once you are willing to let go of victim-hood

And this shift in you, encourages the same shift on a global level!

A Course in Miracles:  Day 31

The game for Day 31 is:

I am not the victim of the world I see.

There is plenty of self-help & personal development material out there which focuses on helping you overcome your ‘victim mentality’.  These typically encourage the ‘take charge’ mentality.

There is nothing wrong with the ‘take charge’ mentality, but here we want you to begin to accept that the world isn’t just your friend… but it is always a deep spiritual reflection.  What you see lets you know the level of your perception.  As you recognize God in everything, and let go of thoughts of being attacked, mistreated, abused, etc… your perception will grow broader and deeper.

At that point, you can choose to take charge… and you don’t have to.

For today’s game, you will want to practice throughout the day as much as possible.

  1. Whenever you have a moment… say it to yourself… “I am not the victim of the world I see”
  2. Repeat it slowly a few times.
  3. As you look around, notice that not only does it apply to all the objects you see, but the images inside your mind, and the act of seeing/visualization as well.
  4. Notice how this is true of hearing, feeling, and all the other senses as well.

Then, on two different occasions during the day, take 3 to 5 minutes to practice:

  1. Look around you slowly while repeating the idea
  2. Recognize how it applies to all that is around you
  3. Then close your eyes, and apply the idea to all thoughts and feelings that arise as well

A thought from ACIM:

The idea for today is also a particularly useful one to use as a response to any form of temptation that may arise.  It is a declaration that you will not yield to it, and put yourself in bondage.

The real temptation is to place the cause of happiness or suffering outside the self… the enslaves you to the external world.

Letting go of victim mentality is a step out of slavery…

I can’t tell you how much ‘victim thought’ used to dominate my thinking.

Without consciously recognizing it… the very structure of my thought placed me repeatedly in the role of victim.

How do you think this impacts the rest of life?

  • Problems with relationships
  • Problems with work
  • Quite a bit of suffering
  • etc.

Although I have taken the time and focus to switch the momentum of the bulk of my thought… I still get the occasional phantom of ‘victim-hood’ pop up inside my mind.

I occasionally think that there is no way to accomplish what I want to accomplish.

Then I recognize what I’m doing… I smile… I shake free of that energy, and move back in the direction of peace and love.

It’s bigger than you think…

Even the images at the beginning of this article are a bit misleading…

God is in the horrible grimace of pain as well.

Anyone can experience peace on a pleasant, relaxing day… but ‘The Peace That Passeth Understanding’ can be experienced even in the midst of war, death, and destruction.

Energy Oneness… is about oneness.

Learn to find God in all the ‘negative’ experiences of life…

Learn to find God in all your challenging emotions.

“The inner is the cause of the outer.”

-ACIM

If a person believes they are a victim… that is what their perceived world will reflect.

If, on the other hand…

  • You believe you are filled with Spirit
  • You recognize your contact with God
  • You feel the connected vibration of Energy Oneness

You will see that in the world around you as well!

keep smiling,

Ben

P.S.  On a personal level, I want to thank you for reading this blog… but on a much deeper level, I want to thank you for participating in the transformation of consciousness around the globe!

“…In your freedom lies the freedom of the world.”

-ACIM

Spread the word to fellow Explorers!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny December 1, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Hi Ben,
Manumission – freedom from slavery! Thank you for the reminder to free our minds from our own willingness to enslave them. Guilt and shame follow victim thinking. It’s a never-ending loop and requires my daily practice to continue freeing my mind from it’s devastating grip. Thank you for sharing this with us.
.-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..Meet Marcelle! She’s Not Bad, She’s Just Drawn That Way =-.

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Ben December 1, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Thanks Cheryl!

I always appreciate you sharing your insights, here!

The mind does seem to have a tendency toward infinite loops… and if we are going to engage in these structures, we should at least opt in for the ones that spiral us in a direction we want to go…

keep smiling,

Ben

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Dr. Kiss Injure February 22, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Do you actually think you can change the world just by thinking about it? Or just by praying? Do we create our own reality? Yes. Are there others ‘out there’ who consider themselves separate from us who create their own reality as well? Yes. And often times they have the ability through money, power and control to create huge realities (quite often ‘negative’) that impact our lives. I don’t think Dr. Martin Luther King would agree with ACIM teachings. A post structuralist approach to all of this is in order. Does ACIM discourage political or social activism? Maybe. Do some activism. Don’t be passive.

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Ben February 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

First of all… thank you for your comment!

The short answer is Yes… I know that the world is largely a reflection of ‘mental’ activity… that includes everything from hatred all the way to sincere prayer and meditation.

But to respond more fully, I will be writing a post based on this comment and my thoughts on it.

It will be up in a few days.

keep smiling,

Ben

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