Yesterday’s idea was the basis for vision—the foundation. Today’s is the “springboard”-which gives us the feeling of launching us from that foundation.
Read this paragraph carefully, ideally inserting your name at appropriate points. The promises in it are stunning. If they don’t hit you, you aren’t paying attention.
Normally, we see sinful purpose in our minds and are revolted at what we see. This self-disgust runs so deep that we feel an irresistible urge to project that dark purpose outside of us. So now we see a world filled with sinful purpose and, by contrast, a self filled with sincerity and innocence, completely without that sinful purpose. The world therefore looks so very different from us. It seems so apart from us. And that’s the point. We are trying to distance ourselves from the terrifying violence we saw (see) inside of us.
This idea is about the same basic process, in which we project something inner onto the outside world, but with opposite content and therefore opposite results. Now what we are “projecting” is holy purpose, God’s purpose. And we “project” it not to get away from seeing it inside of us, but because “we want to recognize [it] is there” (2:3). In other words, seeing it out there makes us more aware that it is “in here,” in our minds. So now we see the same holy purpose in our minds and in the world, and so rather than staying apart from the world, we feel a sense of unity, of joining.
This is the first of some thirty occurrences of the phrase “as often as possible.” How often should we consider that being? Recent lessons have asked us to practice 2-4 times an hour, but that is practice periods that may last a few seconds. This one lasts “a moment or so,” which I read as about a minute. So given that longer duration, if we do once an hour, that is probably good.
The big theme here is that this applies to literally everything you do see or could see, both without and within. As I mentioned earlier, God is “in the sounds I hear.” And when this lesson asks us to close our eyes and apply the idea to our inner world, it almost certainly means anything in our minds, including our normal thoughts. In other words, it doesn’t just mean our mental images of physical objects. This is confirmed by the fact that in tomorrow’s lesson the structure of practice is the same, and there it is clear that the inner part is about our normal thoughts.
The fact that the idea applies even to unexpected things like our thoughts is a natural consequence of the idea’s nature. If the mind holds a single purpose, it will automatically assign that purpose to everything, no matter what that thing is.
Purpose: to learn a new way of seeing. In this kind of seeing, what you see does not come in from the external world, through your body’s eyes, or from you projecting your illusions onto the world. Rather, it comes from you “projecting” the truth that is in your mind onto everything you see.
Exercise: as often as possible throughout the day, for 1 minute
Look about you and apply the idea to your visual field and even to what lies beyond that field, out of sight. Make sure that, for several of the exercises, you close your eyes and apply the idea to your inner world, including whatever thoughts you find there.