Lesson 3 – Reflection

This post is part of a series of lessons taken from the pages of a well-worn and treasured keepsake, my journal. One fateful night, while homeless on the streets of Paris I met my teacher, Savannah, who turned me in the direction of the life I ought to be living. As I fought to find my footing with her teachings, I did what all writers’ do, I wrote them down, and now I am sharing them with you. Each lesson is designed to build on the next, take time to catch your breath; the pace is up to you.

Projection makes perception!

The blank canvas was a powerful metaphor for me during my adventure with Savannah and Lauren. The simplistic stark white surface instantly spoke to me as I was grasping to comprehend, ‘What does it mean, ‘undoing’ one’s thoughts?’

Blank CanvasLet me explain it this way. Before I open my sleepy eyes and before the craziness of my day begins – my painting is already in progress; color palette already chosen, a particular attitude already decided, and the basic brushstrokes already made!

A Course in Miracles says it like this:

The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference – the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. Projection makes perception. (Text, p. 445) We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is we are seeing.

If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes – our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take – we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair.

All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being ‘good’ and ‘charitable’, but because what we are seeing is not true. We have distorted the world by our twisted defenses, and are therefore seeing what is not there. As we learn to recognize our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them or ‘forgive’. At the same time we are forgiving ourselves, looking past our distorted self-concepts to the Self that God created in us and as us.

Nothing is good nor bad, but our thinking makes it so. Shakespeare

Every painting tells a story, a developing vision detailing my travels on the open roads through life; each canvas a mental diary chronicling how I got from there to here. Mind first; same as Michelangelo, but it is me who puts the final touches of the brushes to the blank canvas and it is me who reaches for the stars and determines which painting will be the final Masterpiece.

As I stand back and admire my work, I hesitate for a moment before casting a critical eye. ‘Notice illusion do you?’ I ask. I forgive my ego thoughts and start again!

(See ‘Definitions’ & ‘Law of Forgiveness’ or ‘Lessons’ & ‘Undoing’ – ‘Lesson 3’ to understand ‘Forgiveness’)

Te quiero. Joey