Shadows on our cave’s wall have established controlling ideas in our minds that determine what we see. Controlling ideas have taught us for instance, that America is the greatest in the world, that it’s a democracy, that its Founders were nearly saintly men, that the policeman is our friend, and that all of us are equal under the law. All those ideas prevent us from looking at our country with new eyes – from seeing it as it “really” is today.
Things upset us, because we lose sight of the only Reality that does not change and that persists eternally as the Background of ever-changing present perceptions.
Lesson 5 invites us to take inventory of persons, things, and events that upset us along with the emotions evoked by those upsets. My upsets are intimately connected with Tuesday’s elections. I feel betrayed by the Democrats. Their failure to follow through on campaign promises offers little reason to vote for them.
Here’s a list of our culture’s completely untrue convictions. They’re taught us by our parents, pedagogues, priests, politicians, publicists, propagandists and philosophers. Which of them do you still believe?
In the introduction to A Course in Miracles’ Workbook for Students, Jesus calls us to “see things differently” — so differently that our white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist patriarchy will call us insane
The example of Marcus Aurelius shows how highly developed spiritual seekers can be unconscious of their identity as oppressors.