This is one of those lessons which it is hard to understand at first. What does it mean to be upset because I perceive something which is not there? Of course it’s there, or I wouldn’t be upset, for heaven’s sake! Things will become clear, and I am grateful that this is so.
I was upset earlier today, not by something which directly impacts me, but by something that seems to impact the life of a friend. She is about to enter into a difficult part of her life, and I find myself worrying about her. So, I remember the two cautions mentioned at the end of this lesson, as well as these helpful sentences from the introduction to the Workbook: Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.
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