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Part 1

Lesson 2 I have given everything I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) all the meaning that it has for me.

            The exercises with this idea are the same as those for the first one.  Begin with the things that are near you and apply the idea to whatever your glance rests on.  Then increase the range outward.  Turn your head so that you include whatever is on either side.  If possible, turn around and apply the idea to what was behind you.  Remain as indiscriminate as possible in selecting subjects for its application, do not concentrate on anything in particular, and do not attempt to include everything you see in a given area, or you will introduce strain.

            Merely glance easily and fairly quickly around you, trying to avoid selection by size, brightness, color, material, or relative importance to you.  Take the subjects simply as you see them.  Try to apply the exercise with equal ease to body or a button, a fly or a floor, an arm or an apple.  The sole criterion for applying the idea to anything is merely that your eyes have lighted on it.  Make no attempt to include anything particular, but be sure that nothing is specifically excluded. [1]

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Notes and Personal Application (2019):  This was relatively easy for me to grasp.  I give meaning to everything I see.  I give meaning to James, my children and grandchildren.  I give meaning to the pictures of Colette, Eric, and Coltin.  I give meaning to my wardrobe of clothes, my shoes, my boots, my books, and my bible.  I give meaning to my diplomas and certificates. I give meaning to the songbook and the desk, the chest and the floor.  I give meaning to the chickens and ducks.  I give these things that the eyes see all the meaning it has for me. 

I can feel a gradual loosening of a need for judgment or control.  The exercises, coupled with my journal keeping and day review with Jesus, are helping me to see things differently.  And I am thankful. 

Notes and Personal Application (2020):  This morning James told me that it is mostly because of the changes that he sees in me that he is going through the workbook this year.  For the first time in our married life he sees that I am no longer flip-flopping about my love for Christ.  I have devoted myself to this spiritual path.  The confused, inconsistent, and contradictory belief system that has marked my personality from childhood no longer troubles him because I have found a path to certainty in my Father’s love and a spiritual journey that welcomes all without favoritism or specialness. I have developed an honest, non-manipulative, victim-less manner in which to deal squarely with the ego, the bane of the world.  I have A Course in Miracles to thank for that, and I thank God for my husband who is exploring it this year as part of our morning devotional. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 2 I have given…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 4.