Lesson 29: God is in everything I see
As we practice seeing the infinite oneness in everything, we will find our judgment lessening and peace increasing.
This is such a beautiful lesson.
Like many of the lessons we’ve studied so far, and many yet to come, it is difficult to accept. “What do you mean, ‘God is in this table?”
In fact, the lesson suggests we will likely find the idea not only hard to grasp but even silly and senseless.
But what we are asked to do is “to begin learning how to look on all things with love, appreciation and open-mindedness.” The fact is, we don’t see things as they are now - we only see them through our filter of judgment.
But as we practice seeing the infinite oneness in everything, we will find our judgment lessening and peace increasing.
Lesson 29: God is in everything I see.
W-pI.29.1. The idea for today explains why you can see all purpose in everything. It explains why nothing is separate, by itself or in itself. And it explains why nothing you see means anything. In fact, it explains every idea we have used thus far, and all subsequent ones as well. Today's idea is the whole basis for vision.
W-pI.29.2. You will probably find this idea very difficult to grasp at this point. You may find it silly, irreverent, senseless, funny and even objectionable. Certainly God is not in a table, for example, as you see it. Yet we emphasized yesterday that a table shares the purpose of the universe. And what shares the purpose of the universe shares the purpose of its Creator.
W-pI.29.3. Try then, today, to begin to learn how to look on all things with love, appreciation and open-mindedness. You do not see them now. Would you know what is in them? Nothing is as it appears to you. Its holy purpose stands beyond your little range. When vision has shown you the holiness that lights up the world, you will understand today's idea perfectly. And you will not understand how you could ever have found it difficult.
W-pI.29.4. Our six two-minute practice periods for today should follow a now familiar pattern: Begin with repeating the idea to yourself, and then apply it to randomly chosen subjects about you, naming each one specifically. Try to avoid the tendency toward self-directed selection, which may be particularly tempting in connection with today's idea because of its wholly alien nature. Remember that any order you impose is equally alien to reality.
W-pI.29.5. Your list of subjects should therefore be as free of self-selection as possible. For example, a suitable list might include:
God is in this coat hanger.
God is in this magazine.
God is in this finger.
God is in this lamp.
God is in that body.
God is in that door.
God is in that waste basket.
In addition to the assigned practice periods, repeat the idea for today at least once an hour, looking slowly about you as you say the words unhurriedly to yourself. At least once or twice, you should experience a sense of restfulness as you do this.