Searching Your Mind for the Ego

LESSONS 5, 6: persons, situations or events that are distressing you

For a minute or so, search your mind for any persons, situations or events that are distressing you. Then apply idea to each distress by saying: “I am not (angry, worried, depressed, etc.) about (source of upset) for the reason I think.” Or by saying: “I am (angry, worried, depressed, etc.) about (source of upset) because I see something that is not there.”

LESSON 14: the horrors in the world

With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind, anything you are afraid might happen to you or anyone. For each one say: “God did not create that [specify the horror], and so it is not real.” Be very specific in naming the horror or disaster.

LESSON 21: situations that arouse anger in you

Close eyes and search your mind carefully for any situation at any time that arouses anger in you. Do not let “little” thoughts of anger escape you. They are just veils over intense fury. Hold each situation in mind and say: “I am determined to see [name of person or situation] differently.” Be very specific, even to the point of naming specific attributes in specific people that anger you: “I am determined to see_____[specify the attribute] in [name of person] differently.”

LESSON 23: thoughts of attack or being attacked

Close eyes and search your mind for thoughts of attack and being attacked. Hold each one in mind and say: “I can escape the world I see by giving up attack thoughts about______.”

LESSON 24, 26: Unresolved situations about which you are concerned

24: With eyes closed, search your mind for unresolved situations about which you are concerned. For each situation, try to carefully and honestly uncover the various outcomes you want. Say:“In the situation involving______, I would like______to happen, and______to happen….” After uncovering as many hoped for outcomes as possible, say: “I do not perceive my own best interests in this situation.” And go on to the next situation.

26: Review the unresolved situations you are concerned about. Any unresolved problem that tends to come to mind during the day and cause any kind of negative emotion is suitable. First name the situation: “I am concerned about_____.” Then go over every possible outcome that is distressing you. You should find at least 5 or 6 distressing possibilities per subject. You may find that some outcomes, especially the latter ones that occur to you, are more distressing. Try to treat them all alike. For each one say: “I am afraid_____will happen,” followed by telling yourself: “That thought is an attack upon myself.”

LESSON 34: Upsetting thoughts, situations, personalities, events, etc.

Search your mind for upsetting thoughts, situations, personalities, events, etc. Note each one casually, repeat the idea [“I could see peace instead of this.”], then let the next arise.

LESSON 38: A sense of unhappiness or loss, situations that are difficult for you or others

Search your mind for a sense of unhappiness or loss, for situations that are difficult for yourself or for others. Say, “In the situation involving_______in which I see myself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do. In the situation involving_______in which_______sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.”

LESSON 39: Unloving thoughts (depression, anger, worry) and the situations associated with these thoughts

Slowly search your mind for any form of unloving thoughts: depression, anger, worry, etc. Identify specific situations, events or personalities associated with these thoughts and say: “My unloving thoughts about______are keeping me in hell. My holiness is my salvation.”

LESSON 46: Those you have not completely forgiven

Search your mind for those you have not completely forgiven. To each one say: “God is the Love in which I forgive you, [name].”

LESSON 47: Situations associated with fear

Search your mind for situations associated with fear. Dismiss each one, saying: “God is the strength in which I trust.”

LESSON 68: Those against whom you hold major or minor grievances

Search your mind for those you hold major grievances against. Then search your mind for those you hold seemingly minor grievances against. Resolve to see them all as friends. Say to each in turn: “I would see you as my friend, that I may remember you are part of me and come to know myself.”

LESSON 76: The different laws you believe in

Review the different “laws” you believe in (physical: nutrition, medication, economics; social: reciprocal relationships; religious: relationship with God). Dismiss these “laws” with the thought there is no laws but God’s.

LESSON 99: The darkened and secret places in your mind

Turn to the Holy Spirit and let His light enter all the darkened places of your mind and light them up. Open your secrets to Him. Forgive these dark places. Forgive your thoughts that you made another self with another function. Realize that this never happened, for it is not the Will of God. This world of pain is not His Will, for He loves you. His Will is that your mind be one with His, that you be His one Son. By letting the Holy Spirit enter your darkened places, then, you will see there is no real obstacle to the light in you. Your fear will be laid aside and you will see that the love in you has no opposite. You will know your Self.

LESSON 105: Those to whom you denied God’s peace and joy

Think of those to whom you denied God’s peace and joy, for thus you denied them to yourself. Tell each one as he occurs to you: “My brother, peace and joy I offer you, that I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.”

LESSON 185: The dreams you cherish still

Search your mind carefully to find the dreams you still cherish. Forget the words; what does your heart really ask for? What do you think will comfort you and make you happy? Do not hide some dreams; bring them all to light. Ask of every dream you thus uncover: “Is this what I would have, in place of Heaven and the peace of God?”

LESSON 193: The things you have kept to yourself solve alone

As you practice, think about all the things you kept to yourself to solve alone. Then give them all to the Holy Spirit. He will show you how to see them through the eyes of forgiveness, that they may disappear.


[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]