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Lesson 31 I Am Not The Victim Of The World I See

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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 31 I am not the victim of the world I see.

  1. Today’s idea is the introduction to your declaration of release.  Again, the idea should be applied to both the world you see without and the world you see within.  In applying the idea, we will use a form of practice which will be used more and more, with changes as indicated.  Generally speaking, the form includes two aspects, one in which you apply the idea on a more sustained basis, and the other consisting of frequent applications of the idea throughout the day.
  2. Two longer periods of practice with the idea for today are needed, one in the morning and one at night.  Three to five minutes for each of these are recommended.  During that time, look about you slowly while repeating the idea two or three times.  Then close your eyes and apply the same idea to your inner world.  You will escape from both together, for the inner is the cause of the outer. 
  3. As you survey your inner world, merely let whatever thoughts cross your mind come into your awareness, each to be considered for a moment, and then replaced by the next.  Try not to establish any kind of hierarchy among them.  Watch them come and go as dispassionately as possible.  Do not dwell on any one in particular but try to let the stream move on evenly and calmly, without any special investment on your part.  As you sit and quietly watch your thoughts, repeat today’s idea to yourself as often as you care to, but with no sense of hurry.
  4. In addition, repeat the idea for today as often as possible during the day.  Remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom.  And in your freedom lies the freedom of the world.
  5. 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 voluntary bondage.[1]

Notes and Personal Application (2019): Sample of first practice period:

I am not a victim of the world I see. 

The degrees and certificates.  The Globe.  The fan.

The pictures.

The puzzles.

The little globe of Manda’s.

The cat.

The shredder.

I am not the victim of the world I see.

The binoculars.

The purse. 

The bag.  The stinkbug caught in the light cover.

I am not the victim of the world I see.

The books, and binders, and graven images.  The photographs and mementos.

The journals and calendars.  I am not the victim of the world I see.

I am not the victim of the world I see in the inside.

I am not the victim of Beckie, Jim, Georgia, or Melody.  I am not the victim of Latif or Diane.  I am not the victim of Transitions or Heather.  I am not the victim of Kenneth, John, Amy, or Linda.  I am not the victim of James when he fails to understand me or to match my pictures in my head.  I am not the victim of Mom, Dad, my mother and father-in-law, Kimberly, Del, Ken, or Bill.  I am not the victim of Mel or Counseling & Care.  I am not the victim of myself, I am not the victim of any lies or deceitful practices.  I am not the victim of the world I see.  I am not the victim of Fousty, DKG, or Robert Opeltree.  I am not the victim of the mean people in my life.  I am not the victim of Joan or that old bat, Mrs. Vincent.  I am not the victim of the world I see. 

Notes and Personal Application (2020): Although I failed to take note of this last year, this year I realized how closely related today’s lesson concept was with yesterday’s lesson concept.  Yesterday we were to say to ourselves, “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.”  We learned that when we draw the outside world into our mind, God shows us what it is teaching us – it is only when we project our ego’s story outward and blame others that we avoid learning and continue to stay trapped in the shadow land of separation.  Today’s lesson idea builds upon yesterday’s idea by releasing our minds from the victim mentality of the world we see.  When we see that all that happens on the outside of ourselves as telling a story that exposes the ego in all of us, we can no longer see ourselves as victims, but as mutual players of the blaming game – the favorite game of the separated.  It is our declaration of release when we stop playing the victim game within and without.  When we no longer try to fill our need for God through special relationships, addictions, achievement, possessions, status, and education, our minds are freed, and in our freedom lies the freedom of the world.  When we are tempted to see ourselves as being victimized by others, by the systems of the world, by the organizations of the world, we can remind ourselves by saying, with conviction: “The world has and still is teaching me everything I need to know about what is not God, what has no meaning, what only ends in sorrow and despair.  I am not the victim of the world I see.”  We are not slaves to the flesh, the ego, or the separation.  We are Sons of God. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 31 I am not the victim…Circle of Atonement, Complete and Annotated Edition, (2017). pp. 986-987.

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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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