Starting off with this quote from “Psychotherapy” Volume V of the Urtext Manuscripts.
Everyone who needs help, regardless of the form of his distress, is attacking himself, and his peace of mind is suffering in consequence. These tendencies are often described as ʺselfdestructive, ʺ and the patient often regards them in that way himself. What he does not realize and needs to learn is that this ʺself,ʺ which can attack and be attacked as well, is a concept he made up. Further, he cherishes it, defends it, and is sometimes even willing to ʺsacrificeʺ his ʺlifeʺ on its behalf. For he regards it as himself. This self he sees as being acted on, reacting to external forces as they demand, and helpless in the power of the world.Urtext Manuscripts A Course in Miracles V5, P2A3
This is quite the realization, whatever appears to happen in my life: I am doing it to my self. It does not seem to be something you accept right away. But the possibility for a great revelation is inherent in allowing this new idea to be accepted.
The concept of of my self as I have defined it will never become what I wanted it to be. I can “imagine” my dream of “success” till the cows come home, but it will not change as long as I hold on to this self image.
In our spiritual healing class today we will look at all this. At a very practical level.
How am I “self-destructive” ?
Do I realize I am attacking myself? And did I actually start a war against my self?
In chapter 23 of the Urtext Manuscripts a whole chapter is dedicated to discovering the “war against yourself” and of course steps to the undoing of it in the resolution of the dream and salvation from fear.
LISTEN TO THIS CHAPTER HERE
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