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Lesson 2 I Have Given Everything I See…All The Meaning It Has For Me

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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.

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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