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ACIM Lesson 5: I am never upset for the reason I think.

Before starting on ACIM lesson 5, a few things to think about: If you have not done any A Course in Miracles lessons yet, please start with lesson 1. I recommend you read the workbook lesson first. Then I suggest to do the ACIM Lesson Video. (See below)

ACIM Lesson 5 Introduction:

I am never upset for the reason I think.

The first three lessons were mainly showing you how your mind works. Yesterday’s lesson, lesson number four, was about understanding that your feelings are very similar to the things you see. And today’s lesson is to really understand that we are kind of in control of how we experience our day and what we think that we are upset about.

Your upsetness takes different forms. You might be angry. You might be upset: You might be sad. You might be furious. You might be even feeling a bit depressed or you might feel rejected. There’s a myriad of words you can use for for the negative feeling you’re experiencing.

So, we want to first understand the form of the upset. The form describes the upset:

  • I’m sad
  • I’m angry
  • I’m disappointed

And second we want to identify the perceived cause of the upset:

  • I am sad about the situation I have at work
  • I’m angry with my husband because of what he has said
  • I’m disappointed with my child because she is bad at school.

Third, we want to reflect on the sentence applylin ACIM Lesson 5:

  • I am NOT sad about the situation I have at work for the reason I think
  • I’m NOT angry with my husband for the reason I think
  • I’m disappointed with my child for the reason I think.

Even if this is difficult for you, just try saying this to yourself. I recommend to do the video with me one time and then apply the lesson another two and three times today, for about a minute today.

The Qigong class for the ACIM Lesson 5 will help you get a deeper sense of relaxation and therefore also a deeper sense of understanding.

YouTube Recording with Qigong Support:

Quick A Course In Miracles Workbook Instructions:

When you begin your A Course in Miracles mind training journey, start with the ACIM Lesson 1. The next day you do lesson 2, then the following day lesson 3, and so forth. Do not jump any lesson, and do not do more than one lesson per day. You can stay with one lesson for several days if you like. Click here to read the full instructions.

ACIM Lesson 5 Original Text:

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 recognizing they 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.

Source: Foundation for Inner Peace Website: (ACIM, W-5.1:1–7:6)

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